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It is a very famous film. Most people I ask say they have seen it. It did very well at the box office- 15th highest grossing film of 1979.
More importantly, it's become part of the culture. Since its release there have been countless documentaries asking " did they make it?" EFA is usually mentioned and/or clips from the film or simulations are used. Researchers are still writing books sixty years after the escape! The title has become, like GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, part of the language. The film is the main reason Alcatraz is the most visited site in the National Park Sytem.
However, since UNFORGIVEN, critics and historians have tended to see Clint as an " auteur", a great ' artist' and tend to focus on him as a director.
We know better; his career is filled with outstanding films as an actor and director!

 It does get overlooked.
His DIRTY HARRY and western characters are more flashy but I think this is his finest bit of acting.
I was happy to see Tarantino devote a chapter to EFA in his book.
It is , as he said , a " masterpiece"!

Glad you liked it!:)
 Like the intro says , the story behind writing it is almost as incredible as the escape itself!

 The original interview is longer ( and uncensored!) and contains a brief discussion of Tuggle'  s post- EFA career.
Plus, another deleted scene and rare photos.
But, you have to pay for that one. 😚

We didn't really go into TIGHTROPE

There is a biographer of Eastwood - who shall remain nameless- who printed many scurrilous rumours about Clint ( and was sued and lost!)including the one about TIGHTROPE. The same guy made patently false claims about CE rewriting the ending of EFA . I know they were false because I read Tuggle 's personal copy of the script
I have no reason to believe it or disbelieve it. It was Tuggle' s first film as director, so CE it wouldn't surprise me if he  helped him out.
Tuggle only had good things to say about him.

Thank you Bruce, I've just read the edited interview and it is very interesting, amazing that Richard went from a non-screenwriter to having Don Siegel direct and Clint star in the screenplay in such a short amount of time. The stuff that dreams are made of!

I know! I had no idea about this fact before my interview.
I assumed. Siegel / Eastwood owned the rights to the book and they hired Tuggle to adapt it into a screenplay. I originally planned to do a feature article about ALL aspects of the film, but Tuggle" s story became THE story.
It still blows my mind.
Glad you liked it!

Collectors' Corner / Re: Want to get some magazines back!
« on: October 18, 2023, 11:48:36 AM »
Please email me
I can.send u photos


Collectors' Corner / Re: Want to get some magazines back!
« on: October 13, 2023, 09:25:48 AM »
Sorry my post below. I have lots of magazines for sale

I am happy to report that my interview with Richard Tuggle has been reprinted in issue# 8 of THE SAN FRANCISCAN!
 Bruce Marshall

Digital version

I always found it strange the Sondra Lock is threatened or subjected to gang rape in three films he directed.

My main complaint with the film is the extended vicious whipping scene. It really went on too long and was genuinely disturbing.
The rape scene was filmed in a stylized manner (no nudity) that fit the general tone of the rest of the film; a very black comedy and morality play.

General Discussion / Re: New evidence about the escapees from Alcatraz
« on: January 06, 2019, 08:40:55 PM »
Clarence Anglin's girlfriend admitted to Don Dellilo that he made it.

General Discussion / Re: New evidence about the escapees from Alcatraz
« on: January 06, 2019, 08:37:22 PM »
If they drowned why have the FBI been pursuing them since 1962.

'Nuff said.
Bruce Marshall

General Discussion / Re: New evidence about the escapees from Alcatraz
« on: January 06, 2019, 06:04:06 PM »

I highly recommend a recent book ESCAPING ALCATRAZ by Michael Esslinger and David Widner.
I was a contributor to the chapter on the film.
Bruce Marshall

General Discussion / Re: Did they Escape from Alcatraz... ?
« on: May 30, 2018, 06:53:57 PM »
HEY Pardners!

I would like to recommend a new book about the escape.

by Michael Esslinger

Essilnger is THE man when it comes to all things Alcatraz.
This is the definitive account of the famous escape.

There is an entire chapter devoted to the motion picture. Much of the material therein is taken directly from my interview with screen writer Richard Tuggle in CINEMA RETRO. I am honored!
(see 'COLLECTIBLES' thread for more info).

Bruce Marshall

I have copies of the oop issue of CR - Lee Marvin cover - from Sept. 2009.
Features an in-depth interview with screenwriter Richard Tuggle who tells how he came to write the script and get the film made.
Yours truly conducted the interview.
$45 FREE shipping

KELLY'S HEROES - an entire issue devoted to this classic Eastwood film!  SOLD OUT .
$45 Free shippinG

I also have many other Eastwood related film magazines from FILM COMMENT et. al , along with tons of news clippings of Clint and "Mayor" Clint of Carmel.
Bruce Marshall

This is the first Eastwood film in awhile that I wasn't bored for a second!
His last few efforst have been less than scintillating - although the first 2/3 of INVICTUS were very, very, good.

Because of the subject matter , i actually wish this film were LONGER. I would have liked to have seen something along the lines of Oliver Stone's epic NIXON. The film really missed some important points such as Hoover's relationship with Lyndon Johnson (they were neighbor's) and his documented coverup of the Kennedy assassinations.

But, he succeeded for the most part in what he attempted to do - portray the man in an intimate and off-beat manner.
I like biopics that try somethiong new and Clint did just that.

check it out!

hey, he was just using the Republicans to promote his new movie.
as wiley as ever! ;)

Eastwood News / Re: HEREAFTER: Reviews and Features in the Media
« on: October 03, 2011, 12:55:41 PM »
Time magazine's Richard Corliss:,8599,2017816,00.html

anybody who compares this film to the masterful, moving, thrilling, magnificent  GRAN TORINO
is nutz! ???

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