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Brubaker (1980)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  20 June 1980 (USA)
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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 first hand all the corruption and scams the guards and prison officials and 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 southern prison system, starts making political trouble for the new warden. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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$37,100,000 (USA)
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This film was made and released about eleven years after its source book "Accomplices to the Crime: The Arkansas Prison Scandal" by Thomas O. Murton and Joe Hyams was first published in 1969. The film is a fictionalized version of this book and was also based on Murton's true life prison system experiences. The film was made and released about twelve to thirteen years after the events of the Arkansas Prison Scandal had taken place around 1967-1968. See more »

Goofs

In a restaurant scene, a Conn's Potato Chip sales display can be seen. Conn's are only made and sold in Ohio, not Arkansas. See more »

Quotes

Henry Brubaker: Why don't we build them a roof that won't cave in on their heads?
Huey Rauch: That's enough.
Henry Brubaker: An insured roof, this time.
Glenn Elwood: What do you mean?
Henry Brubaker: The collapsed roof isn't covered at all - that's what I mean. But we DO have coverage for thrashing machines, balers, swathers, a tractor...
Huey Rauch: Sounds pretty sensible to me to have the things insured. I approved those policies personally.
Henry Brubaker: You did more than that: your company sold us the policies. The only trouble with it is: we don't have any of that equipment on our farm....
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References The Wombles (1973) See more »

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All for the Love of Sunshine
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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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