Birdman of Alcatraz

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Birdman of Alcatraz ★★★ 1962

Robert Stroud, convicted of two murders and sentenced to life imprisonment on the Island, becomes an internationally accepted authority on birds. Lovingly told, with stunning performance from Lancaster, and exceptionally fine work from the supporting cast. The confinement of Stroud's prison cell makes the film seem claustrophobic and tedious at times, just as the imprisonment must have been. Ritter played Stroud's mother, who never stops trying to get him out of prison. 143m/B VHS, DVD . Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter, Betty Field, Neville Brand, Edmond O'Brien, Hugh Marlowe, Telly Savalas; D: John Frankenheimer; W: Guy Trosper; C: Burnett Guffey, Robert Krasker; M: Elmer Bernstein. British Acad. '62: Actor (Lancaster).