Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday Flicks: Birdman of Alcatraz

The Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) Burt Lancaster and Karl Malden - based on a true story about Robert Franklin Stroud, the real "Birdman."

Some of my favorite prison flicks:

The Dirty Dozen (1967) Lee Marvin and John Cassavetes-- WWII flick with all-star cast including Ernest Borgnine, Donald Sutherland, Clint Walker, Telly Savales, Jim Brown, Charles Bronson - "Killin' generals could get to be a habit with me."

Cool Hand Luke (1967) Paul Newman, George Kennedy and Strother Martin - Kennedy won an Oscar for his role as Dragline - "What we have here is failure to communicate."

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman - beautiful story, amazing cinematography, suburb performances. "Hope can drive a man insane."

Papillon (1973) Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen - the first time I saw a prisoner eat a rat! "I accuse you of a wasted life!"

O, Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson- Coen Brothers bizarre Odyssey parody. Great music! "We thought you was a toad!"

The Green Mile (1999) Tom Hanks and Michael Clark Duncan - skillful adaptation of Stephen King's serial short story. A creative mix of tragedy, humor and fantasy. "People hurt the ones they love. That's how it is all around the world."


Tyrean Martinson said...

Those are some thought-provoking movie choices! BTW I have an award for you today at my blog.

Luana Krause said...

Tyrean: Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the blog award! Happy blogging!

Craig Edwards said...

Those are some terrific prison movies! I haven't seen Birdman of alcatraz. I want to see it one of these days - I've read the real guy was not nearly as anything as Burt Lancaster and was actually pretty unpleasant. It'll be fun to see him Hollywood-ed up!

Luana Krause said...

Craig: I liked Burt in this movie. I'm wondering about the real story. The guy seems like he got the raw end of the deal in the previews, but after all. He is PRISONER! He must have done something pretty terrible to be in solitary for 40 years!

anthony stemke said...

Every one of these flicks was a very good movie.

Luana Krause said...

Anthony: Each one tells a good story which makes for a great film. Thanks for stopping by.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Just wanted to welcome you to the A to Z Challenge and I'm looking forward to your posts next month.

Luana Krause said...

Alex: Thanks! I enjoyed it last year and met some great people. Looking forward to it!