BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ
1962, Park Circus, 147 min, USA, Dir: John Frankenheimer, Charles Crichton

Convicted killer Robert Stroud (Burt Lancaster) becomes an internationally respected bird expert from behind prison bars in this true story. Director John Frankenheimer livens up a potentially static tale with innovative visuals and help from a supporting cast that includes Karl Malden, Telly Savalas and Edmond O'Brien.


BRUTE FORCE
1947, Universal [Upcoast Film Consultants], 98 min, USA, Dir: Jules Dassin

Intense, violent and nihilistic in the extreme, this Mark Hellinger-produced prison drama may well be the bleakest, most despairing film noir of them all. Burt Lancaster plots a breakout for the inmates of Cell R-17 so they can escape the sadism of fascistic bully Hume Cronyn. The climactic bust-out remains a shocker, as the escape erupts into full-throttle warfare. Still the most unforgettable men-behind-bars movie ever made! “Men caged on the inside… Driven by the thought of their women on the loose!”


SCORPIO
1973, MGM Repertory, 114 min, Dir: Michael Winner

CIA agent Cross (Burt Lancaster) is accused of treason and marked for death; Jean Laurier (Alain Delon) is the expert assassin sent to kill him. There's only one problem for Laurier: the two men are close friends.


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