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Traumafession:: Dustin in Minnesota on Escape From Alcatraz’s Self Mutilation

March 21st, 2013 by unkle lancifer · 8 Comments

While scouring through IMDB during my lunch break, I recalled another film that “traumatized” me as a youngster: 1979’s “Escape from Alcatraz” starring Clint Eastwood.

The part that scared (scarred?) me was when the inmate artist “Doc” chops off his fingers after his painting privileges were revoked. I could watch a murder onscreen without flinching (much, anyway), but for some reason his stone-faced self mutilation really freaked me out. The funny thing is that for years I would mentally place this scene into another Clint Eastwood film, “Bronco Billy“. I was convinced that when they visited the asylum, Geoffrey Lewis chopped off his fingers. And THERE is an interesting idea for a YouTube mashup, if anyone with the video skills wants to piece it together.

Thanks again!

Dustin in Minnesota

Tags: Traumafessions

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Mar 21, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Ha! I always love your traumafessions Dustin! Escape from Alcatraz was a big deal in my house growing up! I have not seen it in years! I gotta say, I have a soft spot for Eastwood. In fact I got the Dirty Harry box set a little while back. Although- “The Beguiled” & “Play Misty For Me” are my faves for sure.

  • 2 popcornmonsterNo Gravatar // Mar 21, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I just watched it again not too long ago. It’s on Netflix instant. The actor mentioned was Roberts Blossom, which I’m sure is a name that needs no introduction here.

  • 3 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Mar 21, 2013 at 12:31 pm


    Thanks! I didn’t realize that was our pal from DERANGED or that Escape was on Netlix Instant !!! I’m watching it tonight!

  • 4 FilmFatherNo Gravatar // Mar 21, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    That was Roberts Blossom? I had no idea! So sad that he passed recently.

    I was more freaked out by the painting his character made of the warden:

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  • 5 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Mar 21, 2013 at 1:14 pm


    That portrait is awesome. Sadly, I can’t find any artist credited for it on Imdb.

    This is a great Netflix find! It probably would have never shown up on my suggestion queue and I’ve been looking for something good. I didn’t realize it was the same director as “The Beguiled”!! (and the original Body Snatchers)

  • 6 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Mar 22, 2013 at 8:05 am

    I did indeed watch it last night. I forgot all about the guy with the mouse! Glad Clint took the mouse with him when he left but hope he took him out of his pocket before the swim.

  • 7 popcornmonsterNo Gravatar // Mar 22, 2013 at 11:10 am

    It’s one of Eastwood’s lesser appreciated roles and one I hadn’t seen in quite some time myself.

  • 8 DustinNo Gravatar // Mar 22, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Why, thank you unk!

    I enjoy sharing my past traumas, as well as having my supressed memories “awakened” by everyone else’s posts here.

    I probably have posted more here in the past month than I have for my own blog! I guess it’s easier to to come up with a tidbit than an entire blog entry. At least time-wise.

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