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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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!!This film includes examples of:

* TheAlcatraz: Literal example. Stroud is eventually transferred there, a much more restrictive prison.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Stroud's BerserkButton. He kills a guard when he learns his mother was denied a visitation.
* ForegoneConclusion: All of his intellectual pursuits, business ventures and publicity at Leavenworth won't lead to release and whenever release it brought up we know it won't happen because we know, of course, that instead of being released he ends up in Alcatraz.
* HeelFaceTurn: Over the course of the movie Stroud grows from a violent, anti-social thug into a soft-spoken and intellectual pacifist.
* 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.
* IGaveMyWord: After a prison riot, Stroud tells the warden that the prisoners have no firearms. The warden accepts his word, because he has never lied before.
* InstitutionalApparel: Discussed. The warden of Alcatraz mentions the switch from black and white stripes to jumpsuits as one of the changes he was able to help push through.
* LuxuryPrisonSuite: Not a typical example, but as Stroud becomes further invested in scientific pursuits greater liberties are made for him, culminating in having the wall in his cell knocked down to allow him to use the neighboring cell as a laboratory.
* MacGyvering: 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. Stroud takes the trope to such an extent that he is able to go into the veterinary supply business and becomes the world's foremost knowledge on avian health.
* MyBelovedSmother: Stroud's mother is intensely protective of her son, so much so that she personally appeals to the First Lady to save him from execution, despite the fact that [[FaceDeathWithDignity Stroud himself doesn't really care.]] It works. Then when she jealously begs him to abandon his wife he accuses her of wanting to keep him alive in prison and dependent on her for the outside world. She takes this as her abandoning him and after publicly denouncing him he burns his photo of her and says she is dead to him.
* PetTheDog: Pet the little bird.
* PlayingAgainstType: Neville Brand, as humane prison guard Bull Ransom. Stroud's early hostility actually hurts Bull's feelings.
* PrisonRiot: Happens during his stay at Alcatraz, one so severe the Coast Guard is called in. Stroud is able to defuse the entire situation with words.
* TheOldConvict: Stroud in the latter half of the movie.