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Brubaker (1980)

R | | Crime, Drama | 20 June 1980 (USA)
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The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.

Director:

Stuart Rosenberg

Writers:

W.D. Richter (screenplay), W.D. Richter (story) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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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One man against a cruel system. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Actors Morgan Freeman and Robert Redford would co-star again in An Unfinished Life (2005) which debuted around a quarter of a century or twenty-five years later. See more »

Goofs

As Warden Renfro leaves, he tells Brubaker, "Smartest thing you ever did was come in here 'incognizant'; dumbest was stepping forward." The term is "incogNITO", which means in disguise or unrecognizable. "Incognizant" means ignorant. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Clarence: Now, I am corrupt - that's right - just like the rest of you. But I am honest about it. Now, you VOTE for Mr. Clarence, you know exactly what you gettin'.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Robert Redford (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

All for the Love of Sunshine
(uncredited)
Written by Mike Curb, Harley Hatcher and Lalo Schifrin
Performed by Hank Williams Jr.
Heard when the steer is dropped off at the diner
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A true story...and things still ain't changed much.
13 November 2000 | by EscheteSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shadow Walk See more »

Filming Locations:

Columbus, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,748,079, 22 June 1980

Gross USA:

$37,121,708

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,121,708
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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