Vincent Canby’s New York Times review of Escape from Alcatraz from June 22, 1979.
This was a favorite of mine growing up, as I obsessed over all things Clint Eastwood-related. It was the last good film by director Don Siegel, as was it the last of five films on which he collaborated with Eastwood. These also included Coogan’s Bluff, The Beguiled, Two Mules For Sister Sara and the great Dirty Harry, which ranks among my favorite films of all time.
Speaking of, Roger Ebert had the following to say about Dirty Harry In his 1971 review of the film:
The movie clearly and unmistakably gives us a character who understands the Bill of Rights, understands his legal responsibility as a police officer, and nevertheless takes retribution into his own hands. Sure, Scorpio is portrayed as the most vicious, perverted, warped monster we can imagine — but that’s part of the same stacked deck. The movie’s moral position is fascist. No doubt about it.