About

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...

7.8
1
Directed by

John Frankenheimer

Written by

Guy Trosper (Screenplay)
Thomas E. Gaddis (Novel)

Runtime

147 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

Inside the rock called Alcatraz they tried to chain a volcano they called

Cast

Keywords

biography prison bird usa rebel prisoner solitary confinement difficult childhood alcatraz warden ornithology

Photos

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role Burt Lancaster

Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role Thelma Ritter

Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White