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Writers:
W.D. Richter (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 June 1980 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The most wanted man in Wakefield prison is the warden! See more »
Plot:
The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Not a Disney feel-good See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Redford ... Henry Brubaker

Yaphet Kotto ... Richard 'Dickie' Coombes

Jane Alexander ... Lillian Gray

Murray Hamilton ... John Deach

David Keith ... Larry Lee Bullen

Morgan Freeman ... Walter

Matt Clark ... Roy Purcell
Tim McIntire ... Huey Rauch
Richard Ward ... Abraham Cook

Jon Van Ness ... Zaranska

M. Emmet Walsh ... C.P. 'Woody' Woodward

Albert Salmi ... Rory Poke
Linda Haynes ... Carol

Everett McGill ... Eddie Caldwell

Val Avery ... Wendel
Ron Frazier ... Burl Willets (as Ronald C. Frazier)

David Harris ... Duane Spivey (as David D. Harris)

Joe Spinell ... Floyd Birdwell

James Keane ... Pinky
Konrad Sheehan ... Glenn Elwood
Roy Poole ... Dr. Gregory
Nathan George ... Leon Edwards - Prison Board
Don Blakely ... Jerome Boyd
Lee Richardson ... Warden Renfro

John McMartin ... Senator Charles Hite

Alex Brown ... Fenway Park (as Alex A. Brown)
John Chappell ... Captain Cleaves

Brent Jennings ... Mr. Clarence (as Brent N. Jennings)

Harry Groener ... Dr. Campbell
William Newman ... Dunfield - Prison Board (as William M. Newman)

Noble Willingham ... Dr. Fenster

Wilford Brimley ... Rogers - Prison Board
Jane Cecil ... Bea Williams - Prison Board

Ebbe Roe Smith ... Pavitch
Young Hwa Han ... Leonard Ng

Vic Polizos ... Billy Baylock
Jack O'Leary ... Floor Walker
James Dukas ... Oafish Rankman
J.C. Quinn ... Barber
Jerry Mayer ... Barber
Ivy Featherstone ... Peterson
Kent Broadhurst ... Whitley
Hazen Gifford ... Partridge
Elane Rower Richardson ... Mrs. Renfro
John R. Glover ... Ackroyd
Bill McNulty ... Richards

Linda Milligan ... Female Reporter
Rob Garrison ... Pretty Boy
James E. Fraunfelter Jr. ... Barracks Trusty
Ritch Brinkley ... Gate Guard
David E. Williams ... Rank Server
E.J. Pearcy ... Transfer Guard
J.K. Mahle ... Bus Driver
Vivian P. Bass ... Waitress
Greg Martin ... Trusty
Philip Bartlett ... Young Reporter (as Philip E. Combs)
Richard L. Denny ... State Trooper
Michael Holiday ... Gate Trusty
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Baldasare ... Prisoner with Shovel (uncredited)
Allison Caine ... (uncredited) (voice)

Gary Jones ... Investigative Reporter (uncredited)
Monty Jordan ... Inmate Wrangler (uncredited)
Rob Liotti ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Hank Salas ... Inmate in Chow Line (uncredited)

Directed by
Stuart Rosenberg 
 
Writing credits
W.D. Richter (screenplay)

W.D. Richter (story) and
Arthur A. Ross (story) (as Arthur Ross)

Thomas O. Murton (suggested by) (book "Accomplices to the Crime: The Arkansas Prison Scandal") and
Joe Hyams (suggested by) (book "Accomplices to the Crime: The Arkansas Prison Scandal")

Produced by
Ted Mann .... executive producer
Ron Silverman .... producer
Gordon A. Webb .... associate producer (as Gordon Webb)
 
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
 
Cinematography by
Bruno Nuytten (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Brown 
 
Casting by
Terry Liebling 
 
Art Direction by
J. Michael Riva 
 
Set Decoration by
John Franco Jr. 
 
Makeup Department
Zoltan Elek .... additional makeup artist
Gary Liddiard .... makeup artist
Mike Moschella .... additional makeup artist
Marina Pedraza .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Gordon A. Webb .... unit production manager (as Gordon Webb)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jon C. Andersen .... assistant director
D. Scott Easton .... second assistant director (as Scott Easton)
Robert E. Rody .... additional second assistant director (as Robert E. Rooy)
 
Art Department
Hendrik Wynands .... construction coordinator
John Zemansky .... property master
John Rozman .... set dresser (uncredited)
'Dangerous' Bob Widin .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
William Hartman .... sound effects editor
David M. Ice .... sound effects editor (as David Ice)
Godfrey Marks .... dialogue editor
Theodore Soderberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Sperber .... sound effects editor
Paul Wells .... sound re-recording mixer
Charles M. Wilborn .... sound mixer (as Charles Wilborn)
Douglas O. Williams .... sound re-recording mixer (as Douglas Williams)
John S. Coffey .... boom operator (uncredited)
Gordon Webb .... cable person (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Al Wright Jr. .... special effects
Jay King .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Mickey Gilbert .... stunt coordinator
John Ashby .... stunts (uncredited)
Monty Jordan .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Enrique Bravo .... camera operator
Lou Noto .... assistant camera (as Louis Noto)
Joe Pender .... gaffer (as Joseph Pender)
Vincent Saizis .... additional photographer
Stephen Wever .... still photographer
Doug Willis .... key grip
Oscar Barber .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
William D. Barber .... assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Mary A. Gaffney .... extras casting
Gretchen Higgins .... extras casting
Garrison True .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tom Bronson .... costumer
Bernie Pollack .... costumer
Aida Swinson .... costumer: ladies
 
Editorial Department
Michael Jablow .... supervising assistant editor
Willie Navarro .... assistant editor
Pam Sharp .... assistant editor (as Pamela Sharp)
 
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Robert H. Raff .... music editor
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Aram Betkijian .... transportation coordinator
James Nordberg .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Chip Fowler .... production coordinator
Jack Hirshberg .... publicist
Rick Horwitch .... assistant: producer
Harry Kohoyda Jr. .... production accountant (as Harry Kohoyda)
Kenneth Lee .... head wrangler (as Kenny Lee)
Patrick Markey .... location supervisor: Ohio
Thomas O. Murton .... technical advisor
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor (as Julie D. Pitkanen)
Helen Taini .... assistant: producer (as Helen Taini Nayfack)
Lydia Telo .... production timekeeper
Cullen G. Chambers .... stand-in: Morgan Freeman (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Richard Ward .... tribute: for a lifetime of very special work
 
Crew believed to be complete


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131 min
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Trivia:
The punishment, conditions, corruption and violence within the prison depicted in this film, based on the Tucker State Prison Farm and Cummins State Prison Farm Prison Scandal, became the subject of the common law case of Holt v. Sarver (Arkansas) where it was determined that the Arkansas Prison System violated inmates constitutional rights.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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:
Richard 'Dickie' Coombes:Hey, Brubaker, you know something? That's the first time I've heard those guys laugh in fifteen years!
Henry Brubaker:It doesn't bother you, does it?
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All for the Love of SunshineSee more »

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33 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Not a Disney feel-good, 16 April 2002
Author: mikedonovan from brookline mass

BRUBAKER is my kind of movie; grim, realistic, stimulating and a story based around a great struggle between right and wrong. Robert Redford plays Brubaker (based on the real life story of one Thomas Murton of Arkansas, not to be confused with Thomas Merton, the poet) who tries to bring decency to an Arkansas prison that is corrupt from top to bottom. There are rotten scoundrels among the prisoners and some decent men as well. What is worse, Brubaker has to fight a State bureaucracy full of characters who are even more slimy and despicable than the worst of the prisoners. Along with basic reforms, he is out to uncover a series of murders, prisoners who were murdered and secretly buried. He is really up against it and its tough not to get emotionally involved. The writing and acting is more than ok. Redford is very good in spite of being a little too pretty for the rugged guy part. He's the only one in the movie with the 300-dollar blow dry haircut. This reminds me of the movie MARIE, another flick about a single warrior battling a corrupt state system. The Grape Nuts Guy (W Brimley) and the guy who played Mrs. Robinson's husband (M Hamilton)put in a good performance as despicable bureaucrats. Very little background music is another mature plus.

A good, feel-bad movie; and as a Bostonian, it's hard to hate a film that has a character in it named Fenway Park.

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