Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (1980)

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.

Directing:
  • Paul Krasny

Writing:
  • Ernest Tidyman
  • Clarence Carnes
  • Don DeNevi

Stars:
Release Date: 1980-11-05
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  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 196
John Amos
John Amos
Bumpy Johnson
Ed Lauter
Ed Lauter
Frank Morris
Robert Davi
Robert Davi
Hubbard
Jeffrey Tambor
Jeffrey Tambo...
Dankworth
Will Sampson
Will Sampson
Clarence's Father
Ronny Cox
Ronny Cox
Bernard Coy
Louis Giambalvo
Louis Giambal...
Clarence Anglin
Alex Karras
Alex Karras
Jughead Miller
Telly Savalas
Telly Savalas
Cretzer
Richard Lynch
Richard Lynch
Sam Shockley
Paul Mantee
Paul Mantee
Ordway
Joe Pantoliano
Joe Pantolian...
Ray Neal
Peter Coyote
Peter Coyote
Courtney Taylor
Michael Beck
Michael Beck
Clarence Carnes
Art Carney
Art Carney
Robert Stroud
James MacArthur
James MacArth...
Walt Stomer
Hoke Howell
Hoke Howell
Store Owner
Stack Pierce
Stack Pierce
Presser
G. W. Bailey
G. W. Bailey
Holfield
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