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.

  1. Guy Trosper


  2. Thomas E. Gaddis


  3. John Frankenheimer


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Status Released

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  • July 3, 1962
    PG-13, Theatrical

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 27m

Budget $2,650,000.00

Revenue $3,100,000.00

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