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. John Frankenheimer


  2. Thomas E. Gaddis


  3. Guy Trosper


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

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Status Released

Release Information

  • July 3, 1962


    Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Films given this rating may contain sexual content, brief or partial nudity, some strong language and innuendo, humor, mature themes, political themes, terror and/or intense action violence. However, bloodshed is rarely present. This is the minimum rating at which drug content is present.

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 27m

Budget $2,650,000.00

Revenue $3,100,000.00



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