History Film / BirdmanOfAlcatraz

26th Apr '16 11:49:23 PM Mdumas43073
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26th Apr '16 11:46:42 PM Mdumas43073
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''Birdman of Alcatraz'' is a 1962 film starring Creator/BurtLancaster and directed by Creator/JohnFrankenheimer. It is a fictionalized version of the life of Robert Stroud, a federal prison inmate and convicted murderer known as the "Birdman of Alcatraz" because of his life with birds. In spite of the title, much of the action is set at Leavenworth prison where Stroud was jailed with his birds. When moved to Alcatraz he was not allowed to keep any pets.

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''Birdman of Alcatraz'' is a 1962 film starring Creator/BurtLancaster and directed by Creator/JohnFrankenheimer. Creator/JohnFrankenheimer and starring Creator/BurtLancaster.

It is a fictionalized version of the life of Robert Stroud, a federal prison inmate and convicted murderer known as the "Birdman of Alcatraz" because of his life with birds. In spite of the title, much of the action is set at Leavenworth prison where Stroud was jailed with his birds. When moved to Alcatraz he was not allowed to keep any pets.
19th Feb '16 7:20:45 PM GrammarNavi
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* MacGyvering: Stroud turns a glass bottle into a water dish, an apple box into a bird cage and is even able to MacGyver up new cures for diseases. He takes the trope to such an extent that he is able to go into the veterinary supply business and becomes the world's foremost expert on avian health.

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* MacGyvering: Stroud turns a glass bottle into a water dish, an apple box into a bird cage and is even able to MacGyver [=MacGyver=] up new cures for diseases. He takes the trope to such an extent that he is able to go into the veterinary supply business and becomes the world's foremost expert on avian health.
11th Feb '16 5:43:28 PM Fireblood
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* BittersweetEnding: Stroud is finally taken off "the Rock", and is determined to take what enjoyment he can from life, but remains incarcerated at the end of the film. (He died a year after its release, still under custody.)

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* BittersweetEnding: Stroud is finally taken off "the Rock", and is determined to take what enjoyment he can from life, but remains incarcerated at the end of the film. (He died a year after its release, still under in custody.)



* HistoricalVillainDowngrade: Contemporary inmates of Stroud remarked he was not a sweetheart but a {{Jerkass}} and vicious, unrepentant killer who resented Lancaster's portrayal of him. (He also may have been a [[{{Squick}} pedophile]], based on some porn he wrote that involved children.)

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* HistoricalVillainDowngrade: Contemporary Fellow inmates of who knew Stroud remarked he was not a sweetheart but a {{Jerkass}} and vicious, unrepentant killer who resented Lancaster's portrayal of him. (He also may have been a [[{{Squick}} pedophile]], based on some porn he wrote that involved children.)
18th Jun '15 8:43:04 PM jamespolk
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* PlayingAgainstType: Neville Brand, as humane prison guard Bull Ransom. Stroud's early hostility actually hurts Bull's feelings.



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStoryVeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: See HistoricalVillainDowngrade above--the real Stroud was in fact an expert on birds who wrote an important book on birds while in prison, but also happened to be a vicious murderer and TheSociopath, certainly not the sympathetic character portrayed by Lancaster. Not to mention that he was really "The Birdman of Leavenworth", as he was not allowed to keep and study birds at Alcatraz, then one of the hardest prisons in the American penal system.
21st Aug '14 8:49:07 AM Mdumas43073
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* TheOldConvict: Stroud in the latter half of the movie.



* TheOldConvict: Stroud in the latter half of the movie.

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* TheOldConvict: Stroud in the latter half of the movie.VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory
21st Aug '14 8:48:20 AM Mdumas43073
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* BittersweetEnding: Stroud is finally taken off "the Rock", and is determined to take what enjoyment he can from life, but remains incarcerated at the end of the film.

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* BittersweetEnding: Stroud is finally taken off "the Rock", and is determined to take what enjoyment he can from life, but remains incarcerated at the end of the film. (He died a year after its release, still under custody.)
21st Aug '14 8:46:22 AM Mdumas43073
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* TheNarrator: Edmond O'Brien as Thomas E. Gaddis, who wrote the book the film was based on and advocated for Stroud's parole.
21st Aug '14 8:42:32 AM Mdumas43073
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* HistoricalVillainDowngrade: Contemporary inmates of Stroud remarked he was not a sweetheart but a {{Jerkass}} vicious killer and resented Burt Lancaster's portrayal of the character (he also may have been a [[{{Squick}} pedophile]], based on some porn he wrote that involved children).

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* HistoricalVillainDowngrade: Contemporary inmates of Stroud remarked he was not a sweetheart but a {{Jerkass}} vicious and vicious, unrepentant killer and who resented Burt Lancaster's portrayal of the character (he him. (He also may have been a [[{{Squick}} pedophile]], based on some porn he wrote that involved children).children.)
21st Aug '14 8:40:31 AM Mdumas43073
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''Birdman of Alcatraz'' is a 1962 film starring Creator/BurtLancaster and directed by Creator/JohnFrankenheimer. It is a fictionalized version of the life of Robert Stroud, a federal prison inmate and convicted murderer known as the "Birdman of Alcatraz" because of his life with birds. In spite of the title, much of the action is set at Leavenworth prison where Stroud was jailed with his birds. When moved to Alcatraz he was not allowed to keep any pets

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''Birdman of Alcatraz'' is a 1962 film starring Creator/BurtLancaster and directed by Creator/JohnFrankenheimer. It is a fictionalized version of the life of Robert Stroud, a federal prison inmate and convicted murderer known as the "Birdman of Alcatraz" because of his life with birds. In spite of the title, much of the action is set at Leavenworth prison where Stroud was jailed with his birds. When moved to Alcatraz he was not allowed to keep any pets
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* BittersweetEnding: Stroud is finally taken off "the Rock", and is determined to take what enjoyment he can from life, but remains incarcerated at the end of the film.
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