National Park Service Ranger John Cantwell invites all former inmates of Alcatraz penitentiary back to the slammer for a walk down memory lane, and filmmaker John Paget is there to capture every moment of this most bizarre reunion for cinematic posterity. At one time they were considered a serious menace to society, but now the same convicts who once called Alcatraz home are free to walk the streets. How did life behind the bars of America's most notorious prison change them? And what was it like to live in this iconic island fortress? In addition to answering these fascinating questions, Paget also examines how Alcatraz went from the nation's most prominent pokey to one of the most popular tourist attractions.
~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide