Escape from Alcatraz by J. Campbell BruceIn 1963, just weeks before the original publication of this book, the last prisoner was escorted off Devil’s Island and Alcatraz ceased to be a prison. Author J. Campbell Bruce chronicles in spellbinding detail the Rock’s transition from a Spanish fort to the maximum-security penitentiary that housed such infamous inmates as Robert Stroud, aka the Birdman of Alcatraz, and mobster Al “Scarface” Capone. The chapters describing the daring escape attempts by Frank Morris and two accomplices from this “inescapable” prison became the basis for the 1979 Clint Eastwood movie. Discover the intriguing and absorbing saga of Alcatraz, whose name is still synonymous with punitive isolation and deprivation, where America’s most violent and notorious prisoners resided in tortuous proximity to one of the world’s favorite cities.The true-crime classic first published in 1963 is reissued in this special edition.Includes archival photos of the prison and prison life.This story will appeal to Bay Area locals and tourists alike.Alcatraz hosts more than a million visitors each year.
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In , Clint Eastwood was riding a commercial high. His foray into offbeat blue-collar comedy, Every Which Way but Loose , had defied industry expectations to become the second highest grossing film of the year. Eastwood was clearly willing to experiment and subvert his Man with No Name and Dirty Harry personas, but there were signs that his recent projects were creative dead ends. The Gauntlet presaged comic book adventures like Arnold Schwarzenegger 's output throughout the '80s, but many fans and critics expected more depth from director Eastwood, particularly after viewing his rumination on Western mythology, The Outlaw Josey Wales. Although Every Which Way but Loose spawned a lucrative sequel in , it was a derivative riff on popular '70s redneck adventure comedies like Smokey and the Bandit. Not only was Eastwood aping Burt Reynolds , he was playing second banana to an orangutan named Clyde. Escape From Alcatraz , based on J.
Dark, downbeat account of the only documented escape from the notorious Rock from the director and star of Dirty Harry , though the escapers' implied survival remains a moot point. Although some interiors had to be recreated at Paramount in Hollywood , much of the movie was actually shot at the disused prison of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. The crumbling structure needed extensive renovations, which have fortuitously helped to preserve it as a tourist attraction. The paint used to restore the site to its earlier appearance, though, needed to be easily removable so as not to obscure graffiti left from the occupation of the island by Native Americans, now regarded as an important part of the island's history. The island functioned as a Federal prison, in effect little more than a dumping ground for problematic convicts, from