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Escape From Alcatraz

View dated 1930’s of the Alcatraz island and penitentiary, in the San Francisco Bay. (credit: AFP/Getty Images)

History of Alcatraz In Movies & Television

It has been 80 years since our infamous little island in the Bay was turned into a Federal Penitentiary…

08/13/2014

Alcatraz Island (Robyn Beck/Getty Images)

Alcatraz Marks 50 Years Since Escape Of 3 Prisoners

For 20th century crime buffs, few capers match the intrigue and ingenuity of the “Escape from Alcatraz,” the 1962 prison break three inmates pulled off.

06/11/2012

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Escape From Alcatraz Triathalon

In 29 years as a federal prison, nobody ever survived an escape from Alcatraz, but every year athletes from across the country prove it possible. To compete in the 32nd annual Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon, athletes must qualify or be chosen in a lottery, thus becoming one of 2,000 athletes participating in this modified international distance triathlon. Its grueling course begins with a 1.5-mile swim from a boat off of Alcatraz, transitions to an 18-mile bike ride and concludes with an 8-mile run that includes a 400-step Equinox sand ladder. Join in on rubbing it in the faces of those would-be escapees, or just watch from the sidelines — this year’s race may be the best ever.

06/02/2012

Within sight of the Bridge and Fort Point, Jimmy Stewart jumps into the bay to fish out Kim Novak in Vertigo, a 1958 Alfred Hitchcock thriller.

Best Movies Set in San Francisco

Fog! Earthquakes! Must have hills in the city of St. Francis. Steep ones, too. Ask Steve McQueen, who starred in the 1968 vehicle, Bullitt.

CBS San Francisco–05/26/2011

Alcatraz Island (Robyn Beck/Getty Images)

Saratoga 9-Year-Old Completes Swim From Alcatraz

Sharks and treacherous currents kept most Alcatraz prisoners in place, but a 9-year-old boy has made the swim from the one-time prison island to San Francisco in 41 minutes.

CBS San Francisco–11/15/2010

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