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.

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  1. Guy Trosper


  2. Thomas E. Gaddis


  3. John Frankenheimer


Top Billed Cast

  1. Burt Lancaster

    Burt Lancaster

    Robert Stroud

  2. Karl Malden

    Karl Malden

    Harvey Shoemaker

  3. Thelma Ritter

    Thelma Ritter

    Elizabeth Stroud

  4. Neville Brand

    Neville Brand

    Bull Ransom

  5. Betty Field

    Betty Field

    Stella Johnson

  6. Telly Savalas

    Telly Savalas

    Feto Gomez

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 23m

Budget $2,650,000.00

Revenue $3,100,000.00

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Release Information

  • July 3, 1962
    PG-13, Theatrical



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