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Brute Force(1947)

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  • Brute Force

    • Dashiell B.
    • 12/2/12

    Director Dassin's first film into the crime-thriller genre. Lancaster is believable as one of a group of convicts plotting a daring escape, Croyne is pitch-perfect as the loathesome & sadistic Captain. Few of the cliche's are present in this brutal film, showing what lenghts the men will go to for freedom. A great film that takes an uncompromising look at American life. I give it a 4.5/5.

  • Brute Force - Brutal Prison Film

    • Bruce Reber
    • 8/26/11

    "Brute Force" is a tough-as-nails, in-your-face prison drama. Burt Lancaster gives one of his strongest performances as prisoner Joe Collins, who leads his "pen pals" (forgive the pun) in revolt against a sadistic warden (expertly played by Hume Cronyn) who treats the inmates as animals rather than human beings."Brute Force" ranks with any of the prison films of the 30's and 40's with Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, John Garfield and Edward G. Robinson. Lancaster's performance foreshadowed his Oscar-nominated portrayal of real-life convict Robert Stroud in "The Birdman of Alcatraz", one of my favorite Lancaster films.

  • Brute Force (1947)

    • James Higgins
    • 3/19/10

    81/100. This is certainly one of the best prison movies ever made. All the performances are good. Burt Lancaster is terrific, and this is the film that catapulted him to stardom. Hume Cronyn gives one of his best performances. Charles Bickford, Howard Duff, Ella Raines, Jay C. Flippen, Jeff Corey and Whit Bissell are all very memorable. The film moves along fast and without a dull moment. Great score, the cinematography, and particularly the lighting are exceptional The plot is fascinating, thanks to the powerful screenplay. Jules Dassin direction is very controlled and precise making the film very taut and exciting.

  • The "Force" Be With You

    • Bob Hendrick
    • 12/11/08

    This movie is way ahead of it's time (1947. It gives a glimpse of great things to come from a young Burt Lancaster. But the riveting performance is underplayed by Hume Cronyn, as an evil, sadistic guard. When he's on camera, it's like trying to look away from a terrible car accident, and not being able to avert your eyes. It is reminiscent of Robert Mitchum's performance in the original "Cape Fear." A literate screenplay by the great Writer/Director Richard Brooks. Great supporting cast and ably directed By Jules Dassin. This is strong stuff!

  • Wow what a killer

    • Jarrod McDonald
    • 7/13/08

    What a killer film! Someone said it was a typical prison break film, whatever that means. I am too ignorant about this genre to say it was typical or the greatest, but surely it has to be one of the best. Didn't you just love that scene in which Lancaster's character overthrows Cronyn's character? This is a film I'd love to see remade today. Not because you could even duplicate the performances or make them better, but because prison life in America (and probably in other countries) continues to be something society must deal with, and with on-going debates about corporal punishment and capital punishment, it still strikes a chord. I think if I remade this film I'd 'up' the homoerotic content of it...I think modern audiences would go for it. I'd show the Munsey character actually going into the cell and doing what he supposedly does best to the inmates. The brutality has to seem more real, and the threat to the men more real, so that their plans to escape seem more essential for their very freedom. What I really loved about this film were the flashbacks of how and why the men got there in the first place. I'd redo those scenes in terms of cinematography to evoke a more dreamlike reverie. Those were the moments in which their love for women almost redeemed them, but then they went down the wrong path. If you're going to die, there needs to be that dream which a man must cling to...that salvation somewhere in his head, even if it's no long attainable. I also wanted to comment on the scene in which Hume Cronyn beats the man in his office. I didn't think the playing of the phonograph added anything except to cover the sounds of the attack which were still heard by the men in the outside corridor. It seemed a little too sophisticated for him, and he was the brute one without class or sophistication.

  • Burt Lancaster-Prison Movies.

    • pat welch
    • 6/13/06

    Yes,Mr.Lancaster did the best Prison movie ever made;Not 'Bird Man of Alcatraz' but 'Brute Force'1

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