Brubaker (1980)




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Fact-based drama starring Robert Redford as Henry Brubaker, the new inmate at a run-down Southern prison that's become notorious for corruption and violence. After he witnesses several instances of gross misconduct and defuses a tense confrontation with a crazed inmate (Morgan Freeman), Brubaker reveals to the guards and administrators that he's not a criminal at all, but the new warden, assigned by the governor to infiltrate the facility undercover. His identity confirmed, Brubaker takes office … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: W.D. Richter, Arthur Ross, Arthur A. Ross
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 9, 2002
20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Robert Redford

as Henry Brubaker
Yaphet Kotto

as Richard 'Dickie' Coo...
Jane Alexander

as Lillian Gray
Murray Hamilton

as John Deach
David Keith

as Larry Lee
Matt Clark

as Purcell
Tim McIntire

as Huey Rauch
Richard Ward

as Abraham
Jon Van Ness

as Zaranska
Albert Salmi

as Rory Poke
Val Avery

as Wendel
M. Emmet Walsh

as C.P. Woodward
Don Blakely

as Jerome Boyd
Ron Frazier

as Willets
David Harris

as Duane Spivey
Joe Spinell

as Birdwell
Konrad Sheehan

as Glenn Elwood
Roy Poole

as Dr. Gregory
Nathan George

as Leon Edwards
Lee Richardson

as Warden Renfrew
John McMartin

as Senator Hite
Harry Groener

as Dr. Campbell
John Glover

as Ackroyd
Alex Brown

as Fenway Park
John Chappell

as Captain Cleaves
Brent Jennings

as Mr. Clarence
Noble Willingham

as Dr. Fenster
Jane Cecil

as Bea Williams
Vic Polizos

as Billy Baylock
Jack O'Leary

as Floor Walker
James Dukas

as Oafish Rankman
J.C. Quinn

as Barber
Hazen Gifford

as Parridge
Bill McNulty

as Richards
Rob Garrison

as Pretty Boy
Ritch Brinkley

as Gate Guard
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Critic Reviews for Brubaker

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | August 9, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | August 9, 2002
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 9, 2002
New York Times
Top Critic

The first half-hour is powerful stuff, but after Brubaker reveals his true identity, the movie begins to falter, with the one-dimensional nature of the characters (particularly the warden himself) eventually stripping the story of any dramatic charge.

Full Review… | August 9, 2002
Creative Loafing

I never felt that I was wasting my time watching 'Brubaker,' only that it could have been a more dramatic and taut prison movie-which is odd, because it's directed by Stuart Rosenberg ('Cool Hand Luke').

Full Review… | August 9, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Inspired by fact, this politically conscious prison drama is well written (script was Oscar nominated), but only decently acted by Redford, who might not have been the right choice.

Full Review… | August 9, 2002

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