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Category: Bio/History, DramaNotable as: Biographical filmSub-Category: black-and-white film, biographical film, prison film, drama filmMain subject: capital punishmentNarrative location: San Francisco, KansasRuntime: 143 - 149 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: John FrankenheimerScreenwriter: Guy TrosperMusic: Elmer BernsteinCinematography: Burnett GuffeyStars: Telly Savalas, Burt Lancaster, Thelma Ritter, Karl Malden, Neville Brand, Edmond O'Brien, Whit Bissell, Crahan Denton, Hugh Marlowe, Betty Field Producer: Harold HechtStudio: United ArtistsAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (Burt Lancaster)
Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Burnett Guffey)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Telly Savalas)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Thelma Ritter)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

Birdman of Alcatraz is a 1962 film starring Burt Lancaster and directed by John Frankenheimer. It is a largely fictionalized version of the life of Robert Stroud, a federal prison inmate 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. The film was adapted by Guy Trosper from the 1955 book by Thomas E. Gaddis. It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Cinematography, Black-and-White.

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