After killing a prison guard, convict Robert Stroud faces life imprisonment in solitary confinement. Driven nearly mad by loneliness and despair, Stroud's life gains new meaning when he happens upon a helpless baby sparrow in the exercise yard and nurses it back to health. Despite having only a third grade education, Stroud goes on to become a renowned ornithologist and achieves a greater sense of freedom and purpose behind bars than most people find in the outside world.
Director: David Silver, John Frankenheimer
Genre: Crime, Drama
Cast: Adrienne Marden, Anton von Stralen, Ben Roseman, Betty Field, Burt Lancaster, Chris Robinson, Crahan Denton, Dale van Sickel, David McMahon, Edmond O'Brien, Edward Mallory, Frankie Van