“Highly Recommended.” - National Media Review
Uncover the REAL story about life on Alcatraz. Hear first-hand from notorious criminals, employees and their family members who lived on the island as they debunk the myths and give an honest recount of life on the 'Rock'.
Witness the last documented interview of Clarence Carnes, the last survivor of the 1946 Riot Blastout; listen to Robert Guilford recount his frightening arrival on the island and hear from inmates Leon “Whitey” Johnson and Charley Berta. You’ll get personal perspectives from Phillip Bergen, Captain of the Guard, and his daughter Patricia Bergen Rothchild; Frank Heaney, the youngest guard in prison history and the only Spanish-speaking guard, Joab Picalla. To round out the unique perspectives of life on the island, Joline Babyak, the daughter of the Associate Warden in 1962 tells her story about growing up as a child on Alcatraz and the prison Chaplain, Reverend James Tupy shares his views of prison life. Film clips of the Riot of 1946, arrival of Machine-Gun Kelly and the most famous escapes of 1962 (Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin) are shown as counterpoints to the memories of strict routine and portray the true reality of life on Alcatraz.
“Highly Recommended. This excellent documentary lays to rest any thoughts of glamorizing the tough federa lprison Alcatraz, especially with the real-life interviews of people who lived on the island, as prisoners or employees.” - National Media Review
“Highly Recommended. The program is intelligent, well-structured and honest…Its main concern is to portray the reality of life at the prison and debunk the myths.” – VRG Review
Alcatraz, The Final Sentence
Protecting the People (1935)
5 Die in Alcaraz Jai1 Riot (1946)
Flee Alcatraz: Three Convicts Escape ‘Rock’ (1962)
‘Rock’ Closes Last Prisoners Leave (1963)
Alcatraz: The Lonely Rock (1963)
Bonus feature film:
Starring Linda Walters, Fred Keating, Alexander Leftwich
(1938) 64 mins Not Rated
A prison train transporting convicts to Alcatraz is the setting for this gritty crime drama. A gangland boss is sentenced to serve time at Alcatraz but fears for the safety of his younger sister. A rival gangster plans to kill the mobster on the train to get revenge for the death of his son at the hands of the mobster, who was trying to protect his sister.
Format: DVD Run Time: 5 hr 15 min Rating: TV-PG Region Code: Region 1