Brubaker

Brubaker

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Director: Stuart Rosenberg
     
 

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Fact-based drama starring Robert Redford as Henry Brubaker, the new inmate at a run-down Southern prison that's become notorious for corruption and violence. After he witnesses several instances of gross misconduct and defuses a tense confrontation with a crazed inmate (Morgan Freeman), Brubaker reveals to the guards and administrators that he's not a criminal at all,…  See more details below

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Fact-based drama starring Robert Redford as Henry Brubaker, the new inmate at a run-down Southern prison that's become notorious for corruption and violence. After he witnesses several instances of gross misconduct and defuses a tense confrontation with a crazed inmate (Morgan Freeman), Brubaker reveals to the guards and administrators that he's not a criminal at all, but the new warden, assigned by the governor to infiltrate the facility undercover. His identity confirmed, Brubaker takes office and sets about shaping up policies and procedures, despite resistance from, incredibly, even some of the more entitled convicts. With the help of the prison's chief trustee (Yaphet Kotto) and a compassionate ally (Jane Alexander), the warden effects some positive change, but powerful business interests line up against him when his ideas threaten their financial bottom line. A reform-minded, socially conscious, and politically liberal picture of the type usually associated with director Norman Jewison, this fact-based prison drama was the result of a troubled production that saw original director Bob Rafelson replaced with Cool Hand Luke (1967) and The Amityville Horror (1979) helmsman Stuart Rosenberg. Despite the backstage turmoil, Brubaker was an acclaimed release and an Oscar-nominated, career-finale triumph for co-screenwriter Arthur A. Ross, creator of Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) and father of successful writer/director Gary Ross.

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This 1980 prison drama exposed Arkansas' almost medieval criminal justice system. Stuart Rosenberg's stark direction is fraught with tension and inhumanity, rendering a dark, bleak view of prison life. The film merges the realism of a documentary like Scared Straight with the social commentary of Cool Hand Luke. When Robert Redford commandeers the warden position and attempts to uncover the grossly dehumanized prison protocol, Brubaker becomes an in-depth look at the politics of the penal system. Creeping inside the grimy corridors of a penitentiary, Rosenberg focuses on the dynamics, hierarchy, and uncomfortable balance of power that motivates prisons. With an eclectic supporting cast including Morgan Freeman, M. Emmet Walsh, and Wilford Brimley, the film is as authentic as it is gritty.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/2013
UPC:
0024543840572
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:11:00

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Performance Credits
Robert Redford Henry Brubaker
Yaphet Kotto Richard "Dickie" Coombes
Jane Alexander Lillian
Murray Hamilton Deach
David Keith Larry Lee Bullen
Morgan Freeman Walter
Matt Clark Purcell
Tim McIntire Huey Rauch
Jon Van Ness Zaranska
M. Emmet Walsh C.P. Woodward
Albert Salmi Rory Poke
Linda Haynes Carol
Everett McGill Caldwell
Val Avery Wendell
David Harris Duane Spivey
Konrad Sheehan Glenn Elwood
Richard Ward Abraham
Ronald C. Frazier Willets
Joe Spinell Birdwell
James Keane Pinky
Roy Poole Dr. Gregory
Nathan George Leon Edwards
Don Blakely Jerome Boyd
Lee Richardson Warden Renfrew
John McMartin Senator Hite
John Chappell Captain Cleaves
Brent Jennings Mr. Clarence
William Newman Dunfield
Noble Willingham Dr. Fenster
Wilford Brimley Rogers
Jane Cecil Bea Williams
Ebbe Roe Smith Pavitch
Vic Polizos Billy Baylock
Jack O'Leary Floor Walker
James Dukas Oafish Rankman
J.C. Quinn Barber
Jerry Mayer Barber
Kent Broadhurst Whitley
Hazen Gifford Parridge
John Glover Ackroyd
Bill McNulty Richards
Rob Garrison Pretty Boy
Ritch Brinkley Gate Guard
Alex Brown Fenway Park
Allison Caine Voice Only

Technical Credits
Stuart Rosenberg Director
John Franco Set Decoration/Design
Mickey Gilbert Stunts
Gary D. Liddiard Makeup
Ted Mann Executive Producer
Bruno Nuytten Cinematographer
W.D. Richter Original Story,Screenwriter
J. Michael Riva Art Director
Robert Brown Editor
Arthur A. Ross Screenwriter
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Ron Silverman Producer
Charles Wilborn Sound/Sound Designer

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Brubaker 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have been waiting for this movie to come out on DVD. I like Robert Redford in this movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago