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      Birdman of Alcatraz

      Released Jul 3, 1962 2h 28m Biography Crime Drama List
      91% Tomatometer 23 Reviews 84% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Sentenced to life in solitary confinement after killing a prison guard, despondent inmate Robert Stroud (Burt Lancaster) combats loneliness and tedium by nursing an ailing bird back to health. Stroud develops an interest in caring for birds and becomes a talented ornithologist. After publishing a book on bird diseases from jail, he meets and marries Stella (Betty Field), a fellow bird enthusiast. When Stroud is suddenly moved to Alcatraz, though, his marriage and work are both threatened. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      A.H. Weiler New York Times Birdman of Alcatraz avoids the norm and has been fashioned with subtlety and care for characterization that is memorable and refreshing. May 9, 2005 Full Review Nell Minow Movie Mom Rated: 4/5 Aug 1, 2002 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Burt Lancaster goes from coiled tension in the first half of this exemplary motion picture to beatific acceptance during the second part. Rated: 3.5/4 Aug 31, 2021 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine Burt Lancaster plays the role with a newfound subtlety and restraint. Oct 11, 2019 Full Review Dwight MacDonald Esquire Magazine The drama of his gradually converting his cell into a laboratory for the study of bird diseases is sure-fire material and Mr. Frankenheimer does justice to it; but it tails off at end into more prison melodrama. Aug 1, 2019 Full Review Rob Aldam Backseat Mafia It's a wonderful biopic and a lesson in persistence and hope. Oct 30, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Gerry M Really well portrayed story - not sure how accurate this is to original story. As a standalone movie, one to watch. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 06/01/24 Full Review david l Birdman of Alcatraz is very well written in its dialogue and superbly acted by its talented cast with Burt Lancaster being excellent in the important main role. The movie is also beautifully shot, well directed and solidly scripted. My issue here lies in the slow pace, an overly fictionalized take on this real life story and an extremely bloated runtime, especially so for what is essentially a character study. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Birdman of Alcatraz sets up a fantastic story about an inmate who falls in love with the studies of birds. From the view of a murderer, this tale is an inspiring journey of kindness and forgiveness. This movie is great for anyone looking for a good drama to watch in their free time. Robert Stroud portrays an inmate exceptionally well and really draws out all the right emotions at all the right times. The filming has amazing cinematography, and mixed with the music leads to a gut-wrenching story that will leave you questioning many aspects of life. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Wonderfully entertaining. But despite the raves for Lancaster, he is one of the main problems with it. Why does Lancaster always get himself in these movies playing withdrawn men, when the last thing he’s going to do is be withdrawn? He always pops into Lancasterisms. When he does his speech with the line ‘that don’t mean Billy be Damned’, I just role my eyes and say ‘well, there’s the same thing again’. I still rate it highly though, as an engrossing, very misleading biopic). Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/24/22 Full Review Rich S The truth about Robert Stroud is probably much different than this movie's portrayal of him. Burt Lancaster takes some steps toward showing some hard edges, but the viewer never loses sight that this was a human being who did some very important research -- and had a genuine love for birds. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 09/21/20 Full Review steve d Not my cup of tea but the acting is great. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Sentenced to life in solitary confinement after killing a prison guard, despondent inmate Robert Stroud (Burt Lancaster) combats loneliness and tedium by nursing an ailing bird back to health. Stroud develops an interest in caring for birds and becomes a talented ornithologist. After publishing a book on bird diseases from jail, he meets and marries Stella (Betty Field), a fellow bird enthusiast. When Stroud is suddenly moved to Alcatraz, though, his marriage and work are both threatened.
      Director
      John Frankenheimer
      Producer
      Stuart Millar, Guy Trosper
      Screenwriter
      Thomas E. Gaddis, Guy Trosper
      Distributor
      United Artists
      Production Co
      Norma
      Genre
      Biography, Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 3, 1962, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 16, 2008
      Runtime
      2h 28m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
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