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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:
In prison, even the stink 'stinks' See more (35 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. 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)

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:
One of two Robert Redford movies released in 1980 that were Oscar nominated. This film was an Academy Award nominee for Best Original Screenplay whilst the other movie Ordinary People (1980) received six Oscar nominations.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:
Henry Brubaker:Tower number 3 - who'm I looking at? He's looking at me.
Richard 'Dickie' Coombes:Up there, you got Douglass Mizell.
Henry Brubaker:Who the hell is Doug Mizell?
Richard 'Dickie' Coombes:He's a forger. Three times grand theft.
Henry Brubaker:I want a rundown on everybody that's got tower duty. I-
Richard 'Dickie' Coombes:I do believe that's Purcell's job, sir.
Henry Brubaker:I want only murderers up there; one-time impulse killers.
Richard 'Dickie' Coombes:Well, aren't you taking kind of a chance doing that? Aren't you? I mean, uh...
Henry Brubaker:No, it's the habituals you can't trust. Murderers - most of 'em - already have it out of their system. Guys like you, right?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sugar Boxx (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
All for the Love of SunshineSee more »

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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
In prison, even the stink 'stinks', 27 February 2005
Author: freemanist from Suffolk, England

Brubaker (Robert Redford) as a messiah-type, seemingly on the fringe of municipal importance, takes up the job of Warden at a Southern state penal farm and decides to see the extent of what he is up against by entering in disguise as just another inmate, with no privileges. He feels that to absorb the experience from the inside looking out is preferable to relying on preconceptions. He is right as the thrust of the film would have otherwise been lost and the overall plot (simple though it is) is stronger for the fact that Brubaker has 'been there'.

He manages to carve a bond with a few prisoners before he modestly reveals his true identity and, through a series of well acted confrontations, he begins to make the prison machine tick over nicely. In the final analysis his efforts are not totally successful, but the film does reflect change and at least the viewer can agree that he seized the chance to make a difference.

The film is possibly a bit too long and the principal character is under-developed. 'Brubaker' was apparently a rather mournful, strained film to work on and the original director, Bob Rafelson, was sacked for smacking Ron Silverman (producer) in the nose during an early on-set argument.

However, I think it is well acted and very absorbing to watch. I particularly enjoyed the scene where Brubaker gets his staff to release a few long term solitary confinements, stating that before they do so, the requisite pairs of sunglasses should be given to them as they come out of complete darkness for the first time in ages - the staff think Brubaker is crazy: of course, they cannot see that this is all about building trust. The master plan is therefore to get the inmates on board and allow the trustees to follow. Nice theory, not so nice to put into practice as he is up against a rancid, but self policing establishment from day one.

Watch out for Wilford Brimley as "Rogers" - a later teaming up with Redford took place in the outstanding "The Natural", with Brimley starring in a major role as the jaundiced, downtrodden, Pop Fisher.

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