Brute Force

Brute Force

DVD - 2007
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Joe Collins, along with his fellow inmates, live under the heavy thumb of the sadistic, power-tripping guard Captain Munsey. Only Collins's dreams of escape keep him going, but how can he possibly bust out of Munsey's chains?

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arnjns29
Feb 19, 2018

"Nobody ever really escapes..."

A fantastic jailhouse film noir from Dassin. I mentioned to my girlfriend halfway through this that it's a small wonder that the McCarthy-ites didn't go after the eventually-blacklisted filmmakers sooner — class conflict is such a central part of this film, and I'm sure his others are too in some regard.

This felt like a consummate classic — even the weird melodramatic bits worked just because of the whole mood of the film (or maybe just because it's a genre-classic from the 40s...)

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Les_J
Jun 13, 2017

Great film ! I didn't know Burt Lancaster was in other prison flicks besides Birdman of Alcatraz.

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JackPurcell
May 30, 2015

Good film! This 1947 prison movie starring Burt Lancaster is jam-packed with people who became the background characters for almost every great movie of the 1950s. The plot's good, Lancaster is top drawer here, as everywhere.

AladarNyc Jan 30, 2015

Good old fashsioned prison drama. This was very entertaining throughout, with a dramatic ending.

7duffy Dec 16, 2014

Top Notch Film Noir. Easily can be seen as a precurser to "Oz" TV series. Very gritty for it's day, meaning much better than traditional, early prison films that show prison as sort of a sleep away, reform school. Lancaster is great, but surprisingly, Hume Cronyn was better as the do whatever it takes, career minded prison guard. Great direction, great use of flashbacks, the story builds and keeps you interested until the film's climax. Excellent supporting cast, i.e. Howard Duff, Charles Bickford, Jeff Corey, John Hoyt, etc. Another forgotton classic. Even better upon second viewing....Hume Cronyn wearing his uniform & hat like a Nazi, the references to Sarte's No Exit, the drainage tunnel to nowhere, the cinematography... brilliant direction by Jules Dassin.

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Monolith
Jul 20, 2012

Terrific '47 prison flick - full of Mugsies and Louies; rubber hoses, blow torches, and torture chamber-like machine shops. Great cast, led by a younger 'Birdman' (Lancaster), and his nemesis, a power hungry, narcissistic/sadistic prison guard captain (Hume Cronyn) with a huge portrait of himself in his office (lol). At least the cons have a sympathetic, compassionate Dr. Boozehound on their side. FIVE STARS.

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Janice21383
Apr 05, 2011

At last! A hot-dudes-in-prison film. Like Oz, but with only half the pretention. Lancaster is easy on the eyes, and Cronyn kills as (believe it or not) a neo-Nazi, male physical culture worshipping warden. Hang around for the big escape, the most realistic and hysterical I have ever seen.

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Monolith
Jul 20, 2012

Dr. Walters (to Captain Munsey): "...That's why you'd never resign from this prison. Where else whould you find so many helpless flies to stick pins into?"

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Monolith
Jul 20, 2012

Dr. Walters (to Captain Munsey): "Force does make leaders. But you forget one thing: it also destroys them."

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Monolith
Jul 20, 2012

Gallagher: "Those gates only open three times. When you come in, when you've served your time, or when you're dead!"

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Monolith
Jul 20, 2012

Captain Munsey: "Just remember there's no reward for bringing 'em back alive. Not in this jungle."

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Monolith
Jul 20, 2012

Dr. Walters: "...Nobody escapes. ...Nobody ever really escapes."

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