Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story Trailer

Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story Trailer (1980)

"At 18, Carnes is the youngest man to be sent to The Rock, yet he vows he'll create the ultimate escape plan -- or die trying!" 05 November 1980 Drama, Action, Crime 196 mins

Filmed on location at Alcatraz Island, this two-part "whole story" actually concentrates on a handful of the denizens behind the cold grey walls of "The Rock". Michael Beck plays the real-life Clarence Carnes, an Oklahoma Choctaw Indian said to be the youngest man ever incarcerated in the notorious maximum security prison. Serving a 99-year sentence for a gas station holdup and murder, Carnes makes periodic attempts to escape, the final attempt being the most violent. Many of the subordinate characters are fictional (as are most of the details concerning Carnes' escape efforts); the one exception is Robert Stroud, the "Birdman of Alcatraz", here portrayed by Art Carney as a gentle, kindly philosopher. Telly Savalas, a costar of the Burt Lancaster vehicle Birdman of Alcatraz, also guest starred in the 1980 film. Originally titled Alcatraz and Clarence Carnes, this made-for-TV movie wavers between gritty realism and "I'm bustin' outta here!" artifice.

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Michael Beck

as Clarence Carnes

Art Carney

as Robert Stroud

Alex Karras

as Jughead Miller

Telly Savalas

as Cretzer

Will Sampson

as Clarence's Father

Ronny Cox

as Bernard Coy

Richard Lynch

as Sam Shockley

Robert Davi

as Hubbard

John Amos

as Bumpy Johnson

James MacArthur

as Walt Stomer

Ed Lauter

as Frank Morris

Joe Pantoliano

as Ray Neal

Louis Giambalvo

as Clarence Anglin

Jeffrey Tambor

as Dankworth

Paul Mantee

as Ordway

G. W. Bailey

as Holfield

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United States 05 November 1980

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