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Escapes from Alcatraz: The True Stories (DVD)

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Throughout its nearly three decades of existence as a federal penitentiary, the prison at Alcatraz Island was said to have had no prisoner escapes, and for good reason: Even if an inmate managed to break out of the building, he still had to get off the island and swim about a mile across the rough waters of San Francisco Bay. It's no wonder it was used to incarcerate men like Al Capone and ''Machine Gun Kelly.''

Using reenactments, period footage, and interviews with former inmates, this color documentary takes a look at the true accounts of 34 prisoners who dared to face that dire challenge by looking death in the eye and attempting to escape from the maximum-security prison—and why they tried.

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  • Running time: 42:12 minutes
  • Full color
  • Closed caption

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