USA Today - 01/31/1996
"...[Hume Cronyn's] most memorable screen role..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
Sight and Sound - 07/01/2007
"It's a stark, nihilistic anti-fascist allegory built around the repellent figure of Hume Cronyn's slipper, sadistic warden and the young Burt Lancaster's anguished grace."
Joe Collins, an inmate of Westgate prison, schemes with a group of convicts to breakout. He's intent on reaching his love, who does not know he's in prison but will not have a lifesaving operation until he's at her side. The escape plan goes awry when Capt. Munsey, the prison guard and Joe's enemy, gets a tip-off and greets them in a machine-gun shoot out.