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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.

  1. Paul Krasny

    Director

  2. Don DeNevi

    Story

  3. Clarence Carnes

    Story

  4. Ernest Tidyman

    Teleplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Michael Beck

    Michael Beck

    Clarence Carnes

  2. Art Carney

    Art Carney

    Robert Stroud

  3. Alex Karras

    Alex Karras

    Jughead Miller

  4. Telly Savalas

    Telly Savalas

    Cretzer

  5. Will Sampson

    Will Sampson

    Clarence's Father

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Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story

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Status Released

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  • November 5, 1980
    Theatrical

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Original Language English

Runtime 3h 16m

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