TV Movie | Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama
In May of 1946, Alcatraz inmate Bernie Coy initiates a carefully thought out plan to escape the island prison. His plan, carried out with five accomplices, falls apart when they can't obtain a key to unlock a door leading to the yard.
This film was originally set to have been made several years earlier, starring Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine and Stacy Keach. Richard Lang was to have been director.
We got enough time, Bernie?
Bernard 'Bernie' Paul Coy: If Crazy Sam can keep it up long enough, I'll make it.
The gun battle between Guards and inmates actually took place in the D Block side of the prison, when armed officers attempted to take control of the West Gun Gallery. According to written accounts, Guard Harold Stites was fatally hit in the back by a bullet fired from outside through a D Block window.