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Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (1980)





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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Michael Beck
as Clarence Carnes
Art Carney
as Robert Stroud
Ronny Cox
as Bernard Coy
Alex Karras
as Jughead Miller
John Amos
as Bumpy Johnson
Charles Aidman
as Warden Johnson
G.W. Bailey
as Holfeld
John Chappell
as Sheriff's Deputy
Peter Coyote
as Courtney Taylor
Robert Davi
as Hubbard
Louis Giambalvo
as Clarence Anglin
Jim Haynie
as Salkin
Hoke Howell
as Store Owner
Bob Hoy
as Myron Thompson
Peter Jason
as Lieutenant Micklin
James Jeter
as Guard Fairgate
Ed Lauter
as Frank Morris
Ken Letner
as Armory Lieutenant
Richard Lynch
as Sam Shockley
James MacArthur
as Walt Stomer
Paul Picerni
as Lieutenant Lagason
Stack Pierce
as Presser
Antony Ponzini
as John Anglin
Jack Rader
as Weinhold
Will Sampson
as Clarence's Father
Jim Steck
as Guard Crayden
Jeffrey Tambor
as Dankworth
Arthur Taxier
as Connelly
Sandy Ward
as McIntire
W.T. Zacha
as Baggett
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