Brute Force (1947)
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as Joe Collins
as Capt. Munsey
as Robert `Soldier' Bec...
as Dr. Walters
as Warden Barnes
as Kid Coy
as Tom Lister
as Armed Guard in Drain...
as Convict Foreman
as Machine Gunner
as Miss Lawrence
as Hearse Driver
as Young Girl
as Young Inmate
as Convict's Son
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Critic Reviews for Brute Force
The escape sequence has the spatial intricacy of the heist in Dassin's Rififi, but the tone is tougher, bleaker, and more suspenseful.
Bristling, biting dialog by Richard Brooks paints broad cameos as each character takes shape under existing prison life.
Producer Joan Harrison, who seems to have profited from a long association with Alfred Hitchcock, and Director Irving Pichel have created mounting suspense which comes to a distinctly surprising and explosive climax as the jury brings its verdict.
Starring Burt Lancaster and cast against type Hume Cronyn, Dassin's first foray into noir is one of the bleakest and most powerful crime prison melodramas ever made, an existential chronicle that also serves as an allegory of American society at large
Audience Reviews for Brute Force
Excellent prison escape flick with Burt Lancaster butting heads with sadistic guard Capt. Munsey (a young Hume Cronyn -- imagine a more vicious version of Percy from The Green Mile). Several inmates at Westgate prison have come up dead or injured, and there is some suspicion that Munsey's way of doing his job may be to blame. There are several pretty shocking scenes, and the scene where Munsey literally beats information out of one prisoner has an almost homoerotic S/M feel to it. The climactic battle between the guards and the inmates is as exciting as anything Hollywood has come up with in recent years, and the ending is satisfying. Highly recommended.
What saves this movie from being a typical prison flick is its good ending although it would have been better without those crappy last lines said by the doctor
gritty drama about a prison break. burt lancaster is outstanding in only his second film after a great debut in the killers and hume cronyn plays against type as a sadistic guard. there's some sappy melodrama in the flashback scenes but overall pretty damn good
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