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Brubaker [DVD] [1980]

  • SKU: 5402049
  • Release Date: 05/20/2003
  • Rating: R
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 and sets about shaping up policies and procedures, despite resistance from, incredibly, even some of the more entitled convicts. With the help of the prison's chief trustee (Yaphet Kotto) and a compassionate ally (Jane Alexander), the warden effects some positive change, but powerful business interests line up against him when his ideas threaten their financial bottom line. A reform-minded, socially conscious, and politically liberal picture of the type usually associated with director Norman Jewison, this fact-based prison drama was the result of a troubled production that saw original director Bob Rafelson replaced with Cool Hand Luke (1967) and The Amityville Horror (1979) helmsman Stuart Rosenberg. Despite the backstage turmoil, Brubaker was an acclaimed release and an Oscar-nominated, career-finale triumph for co-screenwriter Arthur A. Ross, creator of Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) and father of successful writer/director Gary Ross.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8 out of 8)

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    Synopsis


    Brubaker
    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 and sets about shaping up policies and procedures, despite resistance from, incredibly, even some of the more entitled convicts. With the help of the prison's chief trustee (Yaphet Kotto) and a compassionate ally (Jane Alexander), the warden effects some positive change, but powerful business interests line up against him when his ideas threaten their financial bottom line. A reform-minded, socially conscious, and politically liberal picture of the type usually associated with director Norman Jewison, this fact-based prison drama was the result of a troubled production that saw original director Bob Rafelson replaced with Cool Hand Luke (1967) and The Amityville Horror (1979) helmsman Stuart Rosenberg. Despite the backstage turmoil, Brubaker was an acclaimed release and an Oscar-nominated, career-finale triumph for co-screenwriter Arthur A. Ross, creator of Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) and father of successful writer/director Gary Ross. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Robert Redford
      Robert Redford - Henry Brubaker
    • Yaphet Kotto
      Yaphet Kotto - Richard "Dickie" Coombes
    • Jane Alexander
      Jane Alexander - Lillian
    • Murray Hamilton
      Murray Hamilton - Deach
    • David Keith
      David Keith - Larry Lee Bullen



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Last Castle meets Glengary Ross

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      MovieMan34
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      This is an earlier movie of Redford's where he plays a guy that is trying to reform prison life by posing as an inmate to see how it operated before he takes over, and then when he takes over he faces the legality's of the government bureaucracy that runs the system, based off the real life with some embellishments of the real guy

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Prison Story

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      Luscan
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      The story centers on prison reform, always a hard ball political issue. Redford picked projects with some political angle that interested him. Yes, with society's hardcore criminal class, it is hard to root for them. But what Brubaker confronts is a system that has become as corrupt as the criminals with graft, influence peddling, and even murder commonplace and covered up.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Brutal

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      Conop
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      Unflinching exam of a rural Southern prison, adapted from real life.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie

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      Lin1
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      Great movie to watch, I like Brubaker because he tries to do the right thing but the gov't punishes him for doing so.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Brubaker

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      Rounders
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      Great movie even though it is a little old. I would recommend this movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie

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      Smartblonde1964
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      This movie has a great story. No boring parts. Kept my interest the entire movie. Good acting.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent film, excellent transfer

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      brazzini
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      For a late 70's early 80's film, this transfer is amazing!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Looks Good

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      brazzini
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      As good as it will ever look and a good flick too.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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