Brute Force

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Licensor
MGM Home Entertainment
Directed by: Jules Dassin
Before making the French crime classic Rififi, Jules Dassin was arguably the greatest of film noir directors, responsible for a string of gems including The Naked City, Thieves Highway and Night and the City. Brute Force kickstarted that run of pictures and never did a film live up to its name more.

Burt Lancaster is Joe Collins, one of a number of convicts squeezed into cell R17 intent on staging a prison break. Not only does he need to return to the side of his cancer-ridden wife (Ann Blyth), he also wants to escape the clutches of sadistic warden Captain Munsey (an unforgettable performance from Hume Cronyn) who enjoys a reign of terror over the inmates.

Beautifully shot by the great William H. Daniels, tautly written by Richard Brooks (Blackboard Jungle, In Cold Blood) and impeccably acted by its ensemble of noir familiars, Brute Force remains a prison movie classic.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray/DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: English 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono , English 1.0 PCM Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: 2/B
Discs: 2 Discs |  DVD-9/BD-50

Supplements

  • Burt Lancaster: The Film Noir Years an in-depth look at the actor's early career by Kate Buford, author of Burt Lancaster: An American Life
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Stills gallery
  • Collector's booklet containing new writing on the film by Frank Krutnik, author of In a Lonely Street: Film Noir, Genre, Masculinity, and Swell Guy, an obituary of Brute Force's producer, Mark Hellinger, by its screenwriter, Richard Brooks, illustrated with original stills

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