The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.

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When the new warden comes in disguised as an inmate, he sees firsthand all the corruption and scams the guards and prison officials are running. When he reveals himself and starts to implement reforms to stop the corruption, the local business community, who had been benefiting from the scams, fights back, and the corrupt prison system starts making political trouble for the new warden. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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20 June 1980 (USA)  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$37,100,000 (USA)
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The real-life jail used to play the fictitious Wakefield State Penitentiary was the Junction City Prison Farm in Junction City, which was about fifty miles out of Columbus, Ohio. The jail was built in 1904, had been decommissioned two years prior to filming and had had its own history of riot and rebellion. The film's Wakefield Penitentiary is based on both the Tucker and Cummins State Prison Farms in Arkansas. See more »

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At the end, when the car is leaving the prison, the grass around is violently shaking revealing the helicopter carrying the camera. See more »

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Richard 'Dickie' Coombes: Brubaker, I'm getting ready to tell you something. You were right.
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All for the Love of Sunshine
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Written by Mike Curb, Harley Hatcher and Lalo Schifrin
Performed by Hank Williams Jr.
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Get sent to jail, and you wonder whether this could happen.
25 February 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Robert Redford plays another dignified character, this time as new warden Henry Brubaker posing as an inmate in a corrupt prison to understand the deplorable conditions there. As is the case with any prison-related film, we get to see some really ugly things here. Maybe "Brubaker" goes a little overboard in portraying its main character as a saint, but considering that the main point is to show the inhumanity of this country's penal system (which apparently hasn't changed much since this movie came out), they do a good job. I'd say that it's another movie that, if nothing else, deserves kudos for disproving the "Disney-ized" version of the world that we often get shown. A very good movie.


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