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Brute Force

Brute Force

Burt Lancaster
Director: Jules Dassin Cast: Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
, Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
, Charles Bickford
Charles Bickford
Jules Dassin

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Burt Lancaster had one of his first starring roles in this hard-hitting prison drama. Capt. Munsey (Hume Cronyn) is a cruel, corrupt prison guard who has his own less-than-ethical ways of dealing with inmates, enough so that Joe Collins (Lancaster) -- the toughest inmate in the cell block -- has decided to break out. Collins tries to persuade Gallagher (Charles Bickford), the unofficial leader of the inmates and editor of the prison newspaper, to join him, but Gallagher thinks Collins' plan won't work. However, Collins does have the support of his cellmates, most of whom, like himself, wandered into a life of crime thanks to love and good intentions. Tom Lister (Whit Bissell) was an accountant who altered the books so he could buy his wife a mink coat. Soldier (Howard Duff) fell in love with an Italian girl during World War II and took the rap for her when she murdered her father. Collins pulled a bank job to raise money to pay for an operation that could possibly get his girl out of a wheelchair. And Spencer (John Hoyt) made the mistake of getting involved with a female con artist. After Munsey drives Tom to suicide and prevents Gallagher from obtaining parole, Gallagher joins up with Collins and his men in the escape attempt. Director Jules Dassin would next direct the influential noir drama The Naked City; six years later, he would move to Europe after political blacklisting prevented him from continuing to work in the United States.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/08/2020
UPC: 0715515250818
Original Release: 1947
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 12,276

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster Joe Collins
Hume Cronyn Capt. Munsey
Charles Bickford Gallagher
Yvonne De Carlo Gina
Ann Blyth Ruth
Howard Duff Soldier
Ella Raines Cora
Roman Bohnen Warden Barnes
Howland Chamberlain Gaines
Edmund Cobb Bradley
Anita Colby Flossie
Jeff Corey Freshman
Jay C. Flippen Hodges
Richard Gaines McCollum
John Harmon Roberts
John Hoyt Spencer
Lancelot Calypso
Sam Levene Louie
Charles McGraw Andy
James O'Reare Wilson
Jack Overman Kid Coy
Kenneth Patterson Bronski
Frank Puglia Ferrara
Wally Rose Peary
Art Smith Dr. Walters
Tom Steele Machine Gunner #1
Ray Teal Jackson
Crane Whitley Armed Guard in Drain Pipe
Kenneth MacDonald Actor
Rex Dale Actor
Blanche Obronska Young Girl
Hal Malone Young Inmate
Don McGill Max
Samir Rizkallah Convict's Son
Vince Barnett Mugsy
James Bell Crenshaw
Whit Bissell Tom Lister
Guy Beach Convict Foreman
Alex Frazer Chaplain
Ruth Sanderson Miss Lawrence
Francis McDonald Regan
Virginia Farmer Sadie
Paul Bryar Harry
Glenn Strange Tompkins
Peter Virgo Guard
Al Ferguson Guard
Herbert Heywood Chef
Rex Lease Hearse Driver
Harry Wilson Tyrone, Homely Prisoner
Billy Wayne Prisoner
Frank Marlowe Prisoner
Kippee Valez Visitor
Gene Roth Hoffman
Will Lee Kincaid
Al Hill Plonski
Eddy Chandler Guard
Howard Mitchell Guard

Technical Credits
Jules Dassin Director
Richard Brooks Screenwriter
Jules Buck Associate Producer
Edward A. Curtiss Editor
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
John De Cuir Art Director
Fred Frank Asst. Director
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Jacques Gordon Consultant/advisor
Mark Hellinger Producer
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
David S. Horsley Special Effects
Rosemary Odell Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Pritchard Sound/Sound Designer
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
Bud Westmore Makeup
Charles Wyrick Set Decoration/Design

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