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Brute Force

Spine #383

Apr 17, 2007

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

Brute Force

Directed By: Jules Dassin
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn, Charles Bickford
Licensor: Upcoast Film Consultants, Inc.

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As hard-hitting as its title, Brute Force was the first of Jules Dassin's forays into the crime genre, a prison melodrama that takes a critical look at American society as well. Burt Lancaster is the timeworn Joe Collins, who, along with his fellow inmates, lives under the heavy thumb of the sadistic, power-tripping guard Captain Munsey (a riveting Hume Cronyn). Only Collins's dreams of escape keep him going, but how can he possibly bust out of Munsey's chains? Matter-of-fact and ferocious, Brute Force builds to an explosive climax that shows the lengths men will go to when fighting for their freedom.

  • Audio commentary by film noir specialists Alain Silver and James Ursini
  • A new interview with Paul Mason, author of Capturing the Media: Prison Discourse in Popular Culture
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Stills gallery


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