Birdman of Alcatraz

Synopsis: In 1912, the notorious and violent prisoner Robert Franklin Stroud is transferred to the Leavenworth Prison convicted for murdering a man. When a guard cancels the visit of his mother, Elizabeth Stroud, due to a violation of the internal rules, he stabs and kills the guard and goes to trial three times. He is sentenced to be executed by the gallows, but his mother appeals to President Woodrow Wilson who commutes his sentence to life imprisonment. However, the warden, Harvey Shoemaker, decides to keep Stroud in solitary for the rest of his life. One day, Stroud finds a sparrow that has fallen from the nest in the yard and he raises the bird until it is strong enough to fly. Stroud finds a motivation for his life raising and caring for birds and becomes an expert in birds. He marries Stella Johnson and together they run a business, providing medicine developed by Stroud. But a few years after, Stroud is transferred to Alcatraz and has to leave his birds behind.
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations.
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147 min

Now, what do you suggest, Mr Kramer?

He's as mean as a boar hog.

If it was me, I'd keep him away from

the rest of the inmates permanently.

Isolation? No.

I don't give up on a man that easily.

Stroud comes from good stock.

He'll shape up.

He's a dingbat, Warden.

He's dangerous.

He's my responsibility, Mr Kramer.

Now, you let me worry

about his behaviour.

Yes, sir.

All right, Stroud.

Dearest Mother. I am feeling fine.

Hope you are the same.

Everything is OK at this end.

Time sure does fly.

Yesterday was

my fourth anniversary here,

but I got no cake. Ha-ha.

I guess everything would be all right

if I could just see you

and give you a great big hug.

I hope your cold is better.

Your loving son, Robbie.

Dearest Robbie.

I was here today to see you,

but they would not let me in,

it being Saturday,

with no visiting allowed.

But I saw Warden Shoemaker,

and he was kind enough

to arrange for a visit next Friday.

Until then, my darling,

this little gift of fruit comes

with all my love. Mother.

Guard, guard! Mr Kramer!

- What do you want?

- Did you know my mother was here?

- Yeah.

- Why didn't you call me?

You know the rules.

No visitors on Saturday.

That all you got in you? Rules?

Stop bellyaching. She said she'd be

here next week. You can see her then.

You ain't got much,

but you keep subtracting from it.

Don't you know I gotta put you

on report for touching a guard?

Mr Kramer...

If you shoot me on report,

I won't get no visit from my mother.

You should have thought of that before.

She came 2,000 miles.

All the way from Alaska.

Do me this one favour.

I just follow the rules.

Now get back to your seat.

- I tell you, I got to see her.

- And I told you to get back to your seat.

You ain't a man, Kramer. You're dog puke.

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Guy Trosper

Guy Trosper (March 27, 1911 – December 19, 1963) was an American screenwriter. He came to prominence in Hollywood because of his scripts for two baseball movies: The Stratton Story in 1949, a big hit for James Stewart, and The Pride of St. Louis in 1952, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. This led him into a highly fertile creative period, during which he wrote the screenplays for Elvis Presley's breakout hit Jailhouse Rock in 1957, the complex western One-Eyed Jacks in 1961, and Birdman of Alcatraz in 1962, which he also produced. Trosper's last screenplay before his premature death was an adaptation of John le Carré's 1963 novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. The film was released in 1965; Trosper (posthumously) and co-writer Paul Dehn received a 1966 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, for Best Motion Picture Screenplay. more…

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