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

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

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popcornmonster
popcornmonster
8 years ago

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.

FilmFather
8 years ago

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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popcornmonster
popcornmonster
8 years ago

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

Dustin
Dustin
8 years ago

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.