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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The most wanted man in Wakefield prison is the warden! See more »

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20 June 1980 (USA)  »

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As Grades do Inferno  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$37,100,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Bob Rafelson started as director, but was replaced by Stuart Rosenberg. See more »

Goofs

When Brubaker is eating a '70s-style TV dinner, multiple items change position/orientation in successive cuts. Specifically, the Tar-Tar sauce jar (closed/opened) and the bag of vegetables (changes position). See more »

Quotes

Zaranska: Let's just take a little bit off around the ears.
[hands barber $2]
Barber: Costs five to get you no haircut now, Zaranska. Two only gets you a crew-cut.
Zaranska: Fuck, I could use this on a bed.
Barber: It'll all come off then. Maybe an ear with it.
Barber: [later] What's it be, my man?
Henry Brubaker: [hands barber $5] Leave the ears.
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Referenced in The Shawshank Redemption (1994) See more »

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Respect
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Written by Otis Redding
Performed by Morgan Freeman when he attacks another inmate
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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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