Brute Force

Edition no. 383

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Upcoast Film Consultants, Inc.
Directed by: Jules Dassin
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.

Technical Specifications

Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: English 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: 1
Discs: 1 Disc |  DVD-9

Supplements

  • 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
  • A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Michael Atkinson, a 1947 profile of producer Mark Hellinger, and rare correspondence between Mark Hellinger and Production Code administrator Joseph Breen over the film’s content

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Release Credits

Producer: Issa Clubb

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