PBS: The Alcatraz Escape

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  • Executive in Charge: Stephen Segaller

  • Executive Producers: Steve Burns, Daphna Rubin, Steve Hoggard, Stephanie Carter

  • Co-Production Executive: Lilla Hurst / DRIVE TV UK

  • Writer / Director: Steve Hoggard

  • Director of Photography: Nick Midwig

  • A Co-Production of: Hoggard Films, WNET 13 Productions, Discovery International, and UK TV

  • Distributed by: PBSd

On June 11, 1962, bank robbers Frank Morris and Clarence & John Anglin launched a patchwork, raincoat raft into the frigid waters of San Francisco Bay surrounding Alcatraz Prison. The men disappeared, leaving behind one of history’s most enduring mysteries.  An exhaustive search failed to find the three – dead or alive. Some say the men surely drowned in the bay’s lethal currents. Others, spurred on by sightings & stories of unsigned birthday cards sent to Mrs. Anglin years after her sons’ disappearance, believe the three survived and may still be living secret lives today. 

Now, for the first time, a team of Dutch scientists has employed innovative 3-D technology to prove it's possible that the three inmates survived their daring escape.

The scientists, Olivier Hoes, Rolf Hut and Fedor Baart revealed that the Anglin brothers & Frank Morris could be alive today. ESCAPING THE ROCK pushes this new investigation from computer models and tidal charts onto the lethal waters of San Francisco Bay itself. 

Using the most current scientific advancements, yet keeping the raft and recreation as realistic to the 1962 escape as possible, the Dutch scientists try to sort fact from fiction and put history to the test.