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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:
The best prison picture ever 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. 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)
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)

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:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): As Cpt. Renfro leaves, he tells Brubaker, "Smartest thing you ever did was come in here incognizant; dumbest was steppin' forward." The term is "incogNITO", which means unknown or unrecognizable. "Incognizant" means unknowledgeable or ignorant.See more »
Quotes:
Roy Purcell:Roy. Roy. Do I get the desk job?
Roy Purcell:You want a desk job, huh? I got a desk job for ya.
Roy Purcell:[opens phone book]
Roy Purcell:Spell "opthamology".
Roy Purcell:Say WHAT?
Roy Purcell:[tosses book and walks away] Jesus.
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37 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
The best prison picture ever, 16 June 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Though Shawshank Redemption has gotten the critical raves and the box office receipts that could make it the best prison story ever filmed, my personal choice for the best film ever done about the penal system is Brubaker.

Based on the true life experiences of Thomas Murton, the co-author of the book the film is based on, Brubaker captures the realities of prison life, the complexities of trying to "reform" the system without sacrificing one iota of entertainment.

Robert Redford leads a great ensemble cast in this film. The people here are real, dealing with complex issues for which there are no simple answers. The corruption of the penal system runs deep and helped in part by the prisoners themselves who don't want to see too much change at once or have a vested interest in seeing things run just as they are. Yaphetto Kotto and Tim McIntire are two such prison trustees, both of them showing very different reasons why they don't like some or all of what Redford is doing as warden.

Among the supporting cast, I'd like to single out David Keith who was the best as the prisoner whose life Brubaker saves and ultimately becomes his biggest booster in the joint. A really outstanding job by David Keith as this simple country kid who just got caught up in "the system."

Rare you can say a film is informative as well as entertaining, but Brubaker definitely fits in both categories.

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