History Film / EscapeFromAlcatraz

16th Jul '17 8:22:02 PM DanielCase
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* YouHaveFailedMe: At the end of the film, as the Warden sits on the beach and contemplates [[IronicEcho the flower he just crushed]], an underling informs him that [[BigBoss the Attorney General]] wants to see him in Washington as soon as possible. Since the end title informs us (correctly) that Alcatraz was closed within a year of the escape, we can assume the Warden, uh, accepted early retirement.

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* YouHaveFailedMe: At the end of the film, as the Warden sits on the beach and contemplates [[IronicEcho the flower he just crushed]], an underling informs him that [[BigBoss [[BigBad the Attorney General]] wants to see him in Washington as soon as possible. Since the end title informs us (correctly) that Alcatraz was closed within a year of the escape, we can assume the Warden, uh, accepted early retirement.
16th Jul '17 8:21:33 PM DanielCase
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* YouHaveFailedMe: At the end of the film, as the Warden sits on the beach and contemplates [[IronicEcho the flower he just crushed]], an underling informs him that the Attorney General wants to see him in Washington as soon as possible. Since the end title informs us (correctly) that Alcatraz was closed within a year of the escape, we can assume the Warden, uh, accepted early retirement.

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* YouHaveFailedMe: At the end of the film, as the Warden sits on the beach and contemplates [[IronicEcho the flower he just crushed]], an underling informs him that [[BigBoss the Attorney General General]] wants to see him in Washington as soon as possible. Since the end title informs us (correctly) that Alcatraz was closed within a year of the escape, we can assume the Warden, uh, accepted early retirement.
16th Jul '17 8:14:02 PM DanielCase
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* IronicEcho: Not so much a spoken line as the crushing of the flower.


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* YouHaveFailedMe: At the end of the film, as the Warden sits on the beach and contemplates [[IronicEcho the flower he just crushed]], an underling informs him that the Attorney General wants to see him in Washington as soon as possible. Since the end title informs us (correctly) that Alcatraz was closed within a year of the escape, we can assume the Warden, uh, accepted early retirement.
16th Jul '17 7:34:59 PM DanielCase
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* InfractionDistraction: Morris carries a wooden wedge coated with metal out of the carpentry workshop openly in his hand. He is naturally caught right away by the guard; his claims that it is meant to make it easier to take his hung clothes off the hook, otherwise why would he be carrying it openly, are not believed and the guard calls him an idiot. After it is confiscated, we see him return to his cell and take an identically equipped wedge from his shoe heel, to be used to carve out the concrete in the wall behind his bunk.[[note]]This is why in a real prison today, inmates who did this would not only be made to walk through the metal detector again until they were clean, they would be disciplined and likely removed from their cell pending a search[[/note]]



* KansasCityShuffle: Morris carries a wooden wedge coated with metal out of the carpentry workshop openly in his hand. He is naturally caught right away by the guard; his claims that it is meant to make it easier to take his hung clothes off the hook, otherwise why would he be carrying it openly, are not believed and the guard calls him an idiot. After it is confiscated, we see him return to his cell and take an identically equipped wedge from his shoe heel, to be used to carve out the concrete in the wall behind his bunk.[[note]]This is why in a real prison today, inmates who did this would not only be made to walk through the metal detector again until they were clean, they would be disciplined and likely removed from their cell pending a search[[/note]]
16th Jul '17 7:27:51 PM DanielCase
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* KansasCityShuffle: Morris carries a wooden wedge coated with metal out of the carpentry workshop openly in his hand. He is naturally caught right away by the guard; his claims that it is meant to make it easier to take his hung clothes off the hook, otherwise why would he be carrying it openly, are not believed and the guard calls him an idiot. After it is confiscated, we see him return to his cell and take an identically equipped wedge from his shoe heel, to be used to carve out the concrete in the wall behind his bunk.[[note]]This is why in a real prison today, inmates who did this would not only be made to walk through the metal detector again until they were clean, they would be disciplined and likely removed from their cell pending a search[[/note]]
19th Feb '17 6:46:06 PM Fireblood
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** Wolf is the only prisoner who is impossible to sympathize, given he tried to kill Frank Morris ''twice''. He is a rapist, after all.

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** Wolf is the only prisoner who is impossible to sympathize, sympathize with, given he tried to kill Frank Morris ''twice''. He is a rapist, after all.



* {{Jerkass}}: The ControlFreak Warden of Alcatraz. While it is his job is to ensure the prisoners are in their best behavior and learn from what they have done, he goes way overboard to the point where the prisoners are "confined alone." He's even reluctant to fund good conduct programs or counseling, leaving the prisoners to have to deal with their problems themselves, and the results are disastrous. He even has no problem ''crushing flowers'' in front of prisoners (and then remaining stone calm when one of the prisoners ''has a heart attack right then and there'' from the anger, deciding to make use of a BondOneLiner to remind the other prisoners of the risk of trying to escape). In a modern-day context, he would represent everything ''wrong'' with prisons today.

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* {{Jerkass}}: The ControlFreak Warden of Alcatraz. While it is his job is to ensure the prisoners are in on their best behavior and learn from what they have done, he goes way overboard to the point where the prisoners are "confined alone." He's even reluctant to fund good conduct programs or counseling, leaving the prisoners to have to deal with their problems themselves, and the results are disastrous. He even has no problem ''crushing flowers'' in front of prisoners (and then remaining stone calm when one of the prisoners ''has a heart attack right then and there'' from the anger, deciding to make use of a BondOneLiner to remind the other prisoners of the risk of trying to escape). In a modern-day context, he would represent everything ''wrong'' with prisons today.



* TheOldConvict: English

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* TheOldConvict: EnglishEnglish.



** Downplayed for the most part. Most of the guards are just doing their jobs. If violence is shown, it's to stop a fight in the yard or to discourage a con from starting a fight again.
** Subverted with the warden. He's depicted as a sadist, especially when he revokes the painting privileges of a sweet old prisoner whom he finds out painted an unflattering portrait of him.

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** Downplayed {{Downplayed}} for the most part. Most of the guards are just doing their jobs. If violence is shown, it's to stop a fight in the yard or to discourage a con from starting a fight again.
** Subverted {{Subverted}} with the warden. He's depicted as a sadist, especially when he revokes the painting privileges of a sweet old prisoner whom he finds out painted an unflattering portrait of him.



* ScaryBlackMan: Averted with English. He's one of the toughest cons on the Rock, respected and feared enough that he alone sits atop the top step of the yard with a view of the mainland. But he is quiet, soft-spoken and treats everyone with respect unless they cross him.

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* ScaryBlackMan: Averted {{Averted}} with English. He's one of the toughest cons on the Rock, respected and feared enough that he alone sits atop the top step of the yard with a view of the mainland. But he is quiet, soft-spoken and treats everyone with respect unless they cross him. He also heads up the black gang in the prison, however.



* ShownTheirWork: It's considered one of the most accurate Alcatraz movies ever made. One of the few mistakes: the cots used in the prison are UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era cots that don't resemble what was actually used in Alcatraz. Another is Eisenhower's photo in the warden's office in 1962. Another is the lighthouse, installed after the prison closed.

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* ShownTheirWork: It's considered one of the most accurate Alcatraz movies ever made. One of the few mistakes: the cots used in the prison are UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era cots that don't resemble what was actually used in Alcatraz. Another is Eisenhower's photo in the warden's office in 1962.1961. Another is the lighthouse, installed after the prison closed.



* VillainProtagonist: Frank Morris, who is a robber and a multiple prison escapee.

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* VillainProtagonist: Frank Morris, who is a an armed robber and a multiple prison escapee.escapee. Despite that he seems like a nice guy though.
19th Feb '17 6:32:44 PM Fireblood
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* TheEndOrIsIt: The film has the warden finding a flower on a nearby island where the gear is found, hinting that Morris and the Anglin brothers might have gotten that far. He crushes the evidence in his hands and insists "They drowned." In RealLife, there hasn't been a sign of any of the escapees in over 45 years. If even one of them survived, he'd kept one of the biggest secrets of all time with him, possibly to the grave...

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* TheEndOrIsIt: The film has the warden finding a flower on a nearby island where the gear is found, hinting that Morris and the Anglin brothers might have gotten that far. He crushes the evidence in his hands and insists "They drowned." In RealLife, there hasn't been a sign of any of the escapees in over 45 55 years. If even one of them survived, he'd kept one of the biggest secrets of all time with him, possibly to the grave...
1st Jan '17 9:33:24 PM steveskinner
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* TemptingFate: The Warden, telling a genius-level, escape-artist criminal like Morris that "No one has ever escaped Alcatraz... and no one ever will!"

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* TemptingFate: The Warden, telling a genius-level, escape-artist criminal like Morris that "No one has ever [[TitleDrop escaped Alcatraz...from Alcatraz]]... and no one ever will!"
21st Jun '16 3:08:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* PrisonersWork: Getting a job in one of the workshops is a privilege that the prisoners have to earn, but most want to since it beats just sitting in one's cell. Frank Morris gets a job in the carpentry section, for instance.
17th Jun '16 3:59:23 PM Doug86
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* ShownTheirWork: It's considered one of the most accurate Alcatraz movies ever made. One of the few mistakes: the cots used in the prison are WorldWarII-era cots that don't resemble what was actually used in Alcatraz. Another is Eisenhower's photo in the warden's office in 1962. Another is the lighthouse, installed after the prison closed.

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* ShownTheirWork: It's considered one of the most accurate Alcatraz movies ever made. One of the few mistakes: the cots used in the prison are WorldWarII-era UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era cots that don't resemble what was actually used in Alcatraz. Another is Eisenhower's photo in the warden's office in 1962. Another is the lighthouse, installed after the prison closed.
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