The Birdman of Alcatraz

1962, NR, 143 min. Directed by John Frankenheimer. Starring Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter, Neville Brand, Telly Savalas, Edmond O'Brien.

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Thu., July 29, 1999

Burt Lancaster gives an outstanding performance as prisoner Robert Stroud, who, during his 53-year imprisonment, became a world authority on birds. The movie gives a sense of the enormous span of time this man spent in jail and it is undoubtedly one of Frankenheimer's most meditative films.

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