Brubaker

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20th Century Fox Released 1980

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Director:
Stuart Rosenberg
Released:
1980
Rating:
R

Henry Brubaker is the new reform warden who enters the prison in the guise of a prisoner in order to get a worm's eye view of the goings on. After ten or fifteen minutes he reveals his true identity and begins snapping out orders and cleaning things up. But Brubaker learns that prisons, like wars, must operate within political constraints. He is told of a field full of buried bodies and begins to dig them up, despite the entreaties of his political friends and advisers, who try to talk him out of it or buy him off with the prison improvements he's been fighting for. But nothing will wreck a reform agenda faster than zealotry. Before you can say Reign of Terror, Redford is relieved of his job and is driven away -- to the sad but appreciative applause of the prisoners he's leaving behind.

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  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Brubaker is a grim and depressing drama about prison outrages - a movie that should, given its absolutely realistic vision, have kept us involved from beginning to end. That it doe...

  • 63

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    Robert Redford stars as a reform-minded prison warden fighting for his life against a corrupt prison system. Competent but dreary. [11 July 1980, p.8]

  • 40

    Time Out London

    By its attribution of every evil to simple human greed, the melodrama remains hamfisted; while Rosenberg's direction signals 'realism' with crude denim-blue tints in every image. A...

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Drama

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Crime, Politics