Birdman of Alcatraz

Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

Inside the rock called Alcatraz they tried to chain a volcano they called 'The Bird Man'!

  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • Release Date: 1962-07-04
  • User Rating: 7.4/10 from 257 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 27min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Norma Productions
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: John Frankenheimer
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From 257 Ratings


After killing a prison guard, convict Robert Stroud faces life imprisonment in solitary confinement. Driven nearly mad by loneliness and despair, Stroud's life gains new meaning when he happens upon a helpless baby sparrow in the exercise yard and nurses it back to health. Despite having only a third grade education, Stroud goes on to become a renowned ornithologist and achieves a greater sense of freedom and purpose behind bars than most people find in the outside world.

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  • Burt Lancaster

    as Robert Stroud
  • Karl Malden

    as Harvey Shoemaker
  • Thelma Ritter

    as Elizabeth Stroud
  • Neville Brand

    as Bull Ransom
  • Betty Field

    as Stella Johnson
  • Telly Savalas

    as Feto Gomez
  • Edmond O'Brien

    as Tom Gaddis
  • Hugh Marlowe

    as Roy Comstock
  • Whit Bissell

    as Dr. Ellis
  • Crahan Denton

    as Kramer
  • James Westerfield

    as Jess Younger
  • Robert Bailey

    as Reporter on Dock (uncredited)
  • Nicky Blair

    as Inmate (uncredited)
  • Mushy Callahan

    as Inmate (uncredited)
  • James J. Casino

    as Inmate (uncredited)
  • Noble 'Kid' Chissell

    as Inmate (uncredited)
  • John Indrisano

    as Inmate (uncredited)
  • Pete Kellett

    as Inmate (uncredited)
  • David McMahon

    as Inmate (uncredited)
  • Pat Moran

    as Inmate (uncredited)
  • Ben Roseman

    as Inmate (uncredited)
  • Frankie Van

    as Inmate (uncredited)
  • Robert Burton

    as Sen. Ham Lewis (uncredited)
  • Lewis Charles

    as Chaplain Wentzel (uncredited)
  • Nick Dennis

    as Crazed Prisoner (uncredited)
  • Mike Mahoney

    as Bit Part (uncredited)
  • Raymond Greenleaf

    as Judge (uncredited)
  • William Hansen

    as Fred Daw (uncredited)
  • Wayne Heffley

    as Guard (uncredited)
  • Michael Masters

    as Guard (uncredited)
  • Joe McGuinn

    as Guard (uncredited)
  • Victor Romito

    as Guard (uncredited)
  • Anton von Stralen

    as Guard (uncredited)
  • Robert B. Williams

    as Guard (uncredited)
  • William Hoehne Jr.

    as Guard Kenny (uncredited)
  • Dale Van Sickel

    as Alcatraz Guard (uncredited)
  • Kermit Maynard

    as Alcatraz Captain of Guards (uncredited)
  • Harry Holcombe

    as Editor (uncredited)
  • Fred Libby

    as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Len Lesser

    as Burns (uncredited)
  • Edward Mallory

    as John Clary (uncredited)
  • Adrienne Marden

    as Mrs. Woodrow Wilson (uncredited)
  • George Mitchell

    as Father Matthieu (uncredited)
  • Leo Penn

    as Eddie Kassellis (uncredited)
  • Chris Robinson

    as Logue (uncredited)
  • Michael Ross

    as Convict Qualen's Friend (uncredited)
  • Phil Schumacher

    as Detective (uncredited)
  • Ray Spiker

    as Appleton - Murdered Guard (uncredited)
  • Harry Jackson

    as Reporter (uncredited)
Camera Richard H. Kline Camera Operator
Camera Burnett Guffey Director of Photography
Sound Elmer Bernstein Original Music Composer
Costume & Make-Up Robert J. Schiffer Makeup Artist
Directing John Frankenheimer Director
Writing Thomas E. Gaddis Novel
Writing Guy Trosper Screenplay
Production Guy Trosper Producer
Production Stuart Millar Producer
Production Harold Hecht Executive Producer
Editing Edward Mann Editor
Art Fernando Carrere Art Direction
Sound George Cooper Sound Designer
Sound Leo Shuken Orchestrator
Camera John Alton Director of Photography
Directing David Silver Assistant Director
Lighting Harry Sundby Electrician
Crew Robert A. Reich Special Sound Effects
Production Gilbert Kurland Production Manager
Sound Jack Hayes Orchestrator
Crew James M. Falkinburg Special Sound Effects
Camera James Saper Camera Operator