Alcatraz: Defying The Rock
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They were the worst of the worst, the toughest of the tough. Kidnappers, bank robbers, and murderers, they all called The Rock home.
This is the story of Alcatraz, a rock in the middle of San Francisco Bay transformed into a maximum security prison.
This film explores the design and construction of The Rock. Built with impenetrable walls, unbendable bars, and surrounded by deadly, freezing ocean currents, it was supposed to be escape-proof. But throughout its fifty-year history dozens of inmates were determined to best it.
We investigate the stories of Alcatraz’s thirteen documented escapes, like the incredible Battle of ’46, where inmates took hostages to wrest control of the cell house. Only heroic guards and military mortars returned order to the chaos.
The finale is the incredible Great Escape. Fictionalised in Clint Eastwood’s celebrated Escape From Alcatraz, we explore how inmates broke through walls and scaled the cell house, only to find themselves floating into the sea on a cobbled-together life raft, to freedom – or to their deaths.
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