Some folks think this 1962 biopic of longtime prisoner Robert Stroud is a bit creaky, pokey, and preachy — particularly by today’s standards. But I have to confess to a sentimental bias in favor of this Burt Lancaster prison drama. At the end of the film, Stroud (Lancaster) asks a friend if he knows what Alcatraz used to be called. When the friend pleads ignorance, Stroud tells him: “Bird Island.” For the unsophisticated readers out there, Bird Island is a cultural, economic, and artistic hub of activity in the Midwest. Watch Burt and his birds for free by clicking here.
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