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Birdman of Alcatraz-A classic worth adding to your movie collection

Updated on July 17, 2011

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Birdman of Alcatraz

A movie about the man Robert Stroud. Jailed for killing a man, he makes the most of prison life by developing a passion for birds and changing the atmosphere of his cell block in Alcatraz.


Robert Stroud (Played by Burt Lancaster) manages to deal with solitary confinement by way of a feeble sparrow that he found in the yard on a rainy day.

Points of interest in the "Birdman of Alcatraz"

Acting and Character Development

-Robert Stroud's rowdy character is well dramatised in this 1962 classic film.The character development is well directed as we see a transformation from the start to the end of the film.This is a factor I find missing in most films today.

Impact of the story.

The story of Robert Stroud is an inspiring one. Coming from a background of very little education,he self taught to become one of the most significant scientists in Ornithology : The study of birds. His relationship with his mother is also a point of interest as it drives a good part of the story.


Shot in 1962, the movie portrays an earlier time.This is an interesting aspect as we get to see the mode of operation in prisons at that time and also the technology used to capture this at the time. The Black and White film has been remastered in 2010,giving stunning footage.This goes to show the quality of the origianl footage.A lot of care was taken in filming as is evidenced by the good use of light and location with much less sophisticated equipment.

There is some really stunning footage of the birds which i will not disclose as this will spoil the movie,but I will say,it is well worth watching.


"Birdman of Alcatraz" is an interesting documentation of a mans life in prison. The story is well narrated and the footage simple and uncomplicated by effects. I would highly recommend this 2 hours and 29 minute movie.


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    • Alladream74 profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor Mavedzenge 

      7 years ago from Oakland, California

      @Rachel. Thanks for passing by.Would be great to get some recommendations of classics from you.

    • Rachelle Williams profile image

      Rachelle Williams 

      7 years ago from Tempe, AZ

      I am a huge classic film fan, and The Birdman of Alcatraz has always been one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing.

    • Alladream74 profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor Mavedzenge 

      7 years ago from Oakland, California

      @J.S.Mathew.I highly recommend it

    • J.S.Matthew profile image

      JS Matthew 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This review makes me want to watch the movie! Nice job.


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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I agree. Very much enjoyed this film. Voting this Up and Useful.

    • Alladream74 profile imageAUTHOR

      Victor Mavedzenge 

      7 years ago from Oakland, California

      Thanks for your comments Flora.I shall look for the movie you suggested.

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      7 years ago

      The Birdman of Alcatraz is one of my favourite Lancaster films. I agree with you that a lot of films today don't reach the depth that this film does. There are no bells and whistles here-just great storytelling. Another one of my favourite actors is in this movie-Telly Savalis. Regarding not wanting to spoil the movie-I knew about The Birdman and his fate before I saw the film. Of course, Alcatraz has sinced ceased to be a prison.


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