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Director:
Writers:
W.D. Richter (screenplay)
W.D. Richter (story) ...
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Release Date:
20 June 1980 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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:
A true story...and things still ain't changed much. See more (35 total) »

Cast

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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. 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
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 (as William M. Newman)

Noble Willingham ... Dr. Fenster

Wilford Brimley ... Rogers
Jane Cecil ... Bea Williams

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 Ruben
David E. Williams ... Rank Server
E.J. Pearcy ... Transfer Guard
J.K. Mahle ... Bus Driver
Vivian P. Bass ... Waitress
Greg Martin ... Trusty
Philip E. Combs ... Young Reporter
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)

Hank Salas ... Inmate in Chow Line (uncredited)
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Directed by
Stuart Rosenberg 
 
Writing credits
W.D. Richter (screenplay)

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

Joe Hyams  book
Thomas O. Murton  book

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 
 
Film Editing by
Robert Brown 
 
Casting by
Terry Liebling 
 
Production Design by
J. Michael Riva 
 
Art Direction by
J. Michael Riva 
 
Set Decoration by
John Franco Jr. 
 
Costume Design by
Tom Bronson 
Bernie Pollack 
 
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
 
Art Department
John Rozman .... set dresser
'Dangerous' Bob Widin .... assistant property master
Hendrik Wynands .... construction coordinator
John Zemansky .... property master
 
Sound Department
John S. Coffey .... boom operator
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)
Gordon Webb .... cable person (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Al Wright Jr. .... special effects
Jay King .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Stunts
John Ashby .... stunts
Mickey Gilbert .... stunt coordinator
Monty Jordan .... assistant stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Oscar Barber .... camera operator: "b" camera
William D. Barber .... assistant camera: "b" camera
Enrique Bravo .... camera operator
Lou Noto .... assistant camera (as Louis Noto)
Joe Pender .... gaffer
Vincent Saizis .... additional photographer
Stephen Wever .... still photographer
Doug Willis .... key grip
 
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
 
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
 
Transportation Department
Aram Betkijian .... transportation coordinator
James Nordberg .... driver
 
Other crew
Cullen G. Chambers .... stand-in: Morgan Freeman
Chip Fowler .... production coordinator
Jack Hirshberg .... publicist
Eric Horwitch .... production assistant
Kenneth Lee .... head wrangler (as Kenny Lee)
Patrick Markey .... location supervisor: Ohio
Thomas O. Murton .... technical advisor
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor
 

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132 min
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Trivia:
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:
Continuity: After leaving the prison board meeting, while speaking with Lillian Gray in the Hilton Inn parking lot, Brubaker claims to have locked his keys in the car. Lillian Gray then opens an unlocked passenger-side door (humiliating Brubaker). At the conclusion of a previous scene, when Brubaker is leaving for the prison board meeting, an angry Dickie Coombes slammed his hand down on the passenger side door, locking it (the camera is focused on this action).See more »
Quotes:
Roy Purcell:[yelling at the house] I don't know who's in there or what's going on, but the warden of Wakefield prison is out here, and we're probably coming in!See more »
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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A true story...and things still ain't changed much., 13 November 2000
Author: Eschete from Louisiana

I saw this movie with my wife, who wasn't thrilled that I brought this back from the video store. She's the type that pulls movies off of the "new release" shelf without fail. But as we got into this movie, she changed her mind.

Robert Redford plays Henry Brubaker, a prison warden who is recruited to reform brutal Wakefield Penitentiary, in Arkansas. The conditions are terrible, with men sleeping in puddles of mop water and being regularly beaten, tortured, and murdered. Brubaker gets a handle on the conditions there by sneaking into the jail disguised as an incoming criminal.

When he finally begins his tenure as warden, he meets strong resistance from the community, which is used to the prison being the source of local income and slave labor. The scenes in which Brubaker has to deal with the morally corrupt prison board are powerful and captivating. A good view.

Cinematography is questionable, and the editing TV movie-like. Acting is superb, and the local color interesting. I give the film a B-.

Things to watch for: white trash sister, Morgan Freeman's debut, rape scene.

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