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Brubaker (1980)

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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.

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Stuart Rosenberg

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W.D. Richter (screenplay), W.D. Richter (story) | 3 more credits »
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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 »

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Crime | Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$37,121,708
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This film was made and released eleven years after its source book "Accomplices to the Crime: The Arkansas Prison Scandal" by Thomas O. Murton and Joe Hyams was published in 1969. The film is a fictionalized version of the book, and was also based on Murton's true-life prison system experiences. It was made and released twelve to thirteen years after the events of the Arkansas prison scandal, which had taken place around 1967-1968. See more »

Goofs

Yaphet Kotto looks through the 1/3 open blinds and watches Redford test the electric 'torture' box on himself.... But immediately before & after, when he's in the office talking w/ Redford, the blinds on both sides of the door are totally closed. 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!
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Soundtracks

All for the Love of Sunshine
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Written by Mike Curb, Harley Hatcher and Lalo Schifrin
Performed by Hank Williams Jr.
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Excellent film rendition of the Thomas Merton story
18 September 2004 | by semoniforsSee all my reviews

This was a well put together film for the period in which it was done in the late 70's. Redford who has always been a social reformer placed an emphasis on communicating the dedication of the Brubaker character in this role.

If you happen to live in the Deep South where prison farms have used convicts as virtual slave labor for years, you can appreciate the story

as well as the attitudes of the government and local officials who are portrayed. If you are not from that kind of background, then it is a revelation for you.

This film is a portrayal of the attempt at prison reform in Arkansas undertaken by Thomas Murton. In the process Murton discovered untold corruption and evidence of multiple murders by previous prison administrations. When he attempted to bring this to light he was threatened with charges of grave robbery.

I would heartily recommend this film. It is one of a kind.


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