Birdman of Alcatraz Poster

Release Date: March 26th, 2000

DVD Release Date: March 6th, 2001

Not Yet Rated|2 hr 28 min

Plot Summary
Sentenced to life in solitary confinement after killing a prison guard, despondent inmate Robert Stroud (Burt Lancaster) combats loneliness and tedium by nursing an ailing bird back to health. Stroud develops an interest in caring for birds and becomes a talented ornithologist. After publishing a book on bird diseases from jail, he meets and marries Stella (Betty Field), a fellow bird enthusiast. When Stroud is suddenly moved to Alcatraz, though, his marriage and work are both threatened.

Cast: Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter, Betty Field, Neville Brand, Edmond O'Brien, Hugh Marlowe, Telly Savalas

Director: John Frankenheimer

Genres: Biography

Production Co: Norma

Distributors: United Artists

Keywords: 1940s, 1930s, Mother, Rise, Moving, Wife, 1950s, Touching, 1960s, Transformation, Prison


Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Foreign Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1962)
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Cinematography (Black-and-White)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Actor
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture