Brute Force

1947

Crime / Drama

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IMDb Rating 7.7

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98 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Spikeopath 9

This is Westgate Penitentiary, the Warden is a weak man, the prison is practically run by the cruel and highly ambitious Captain Munsey. But the prisoners are no walk overs, they deal their own justice to those that don&#39;t tow the line, tired and fed up of mistreatment, and fuelled by the Munsey influenced suicide of a popular inmate, the prisoners, led by big Joe Collins, plot a break out, the fear of failure not even an option.<br/><br/>Brute Force is a cracking moody picture directed with innovation by Jules Dassin and starring Burt Lancaster (brilliant as Joe Collins), Hume Cronyn (Munsey), Charles Bickford (Gallagher) and lady support (shown in excellent flashbacks) from Yvonne De Carlo, Ann Blyth, Ella Raines and Anita Colby. We open in the pouring rain at the monolithic gates of Westgate Penitentiary, Dassin&#39;s camera looking up at the gate like some foreboding warning, William Daniels black and white photography is stark and making its point, all this as Miklos Rozsa&#39;s score thunders in our ears, it&#39;s clear that this is going to be a mean and moody prison picture.<br/><br/>So it proves to be, sure all the formula traits that lace most prison films are in here, but Dassin and his team have managed to harness an oppressive feel to put us the viewer within the walls of Westgate as well. This is a bleak place, there are six men to a prison cell, their only chance of staying sane is memories of loved ones and a unified spirit to not be put upon by the vile Munsey, we are privy to everything, we ourselves are part of the furniture. Brute Force thankfully doesn&#39;t disappoint with its ending, the tension has been built up perfectly, the mood is set, so when the ending comes it&#39;s explosive and a truly fitting finale to what has been a first rate prison drama. 9/10

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Reviewed by claudio_carvalho 8

In the Westgate Penitentiary, the Warden A. J. Barden (Roman Bohnen) is a weak man, and the institution is actually ruled by the ambitious and sadistic Captain Munsey (Hume Cronyon), who uses violence, fear and treachery to control the prisoners. After the suicide of Tom Lister (Whit Bissell), one of the inmates of cell R17, provoked by Captain Munsey, the prisoners loses their privileges and rest of the group of cell R-17 leaded by Joe Collins (Burt Lancaster) is sent to hard and insalubrious work in the drain pipe. Joe uses a successful strategy of war trying to escape, attacking the tower of the penitentiary from the outside with his men, and from inside with the team leaded by the leader Gallagher (Charles Bickford). However, the plan fails, ending in a bloodshed.<br/><br/>Sixty years after the original release date, &quot;Brute Force&quot; is still a great movie of prison. The story is very well constructed, with flashbacks showing the connection of three inmates with his women. The violence is not explicitly disclosed like in the present days, but the cruelty of Captain Munsey can be understood even by the most naive viewer. The direction of Jules Dassin is outstanding with many memorable scenes. Yvonne De Carlo has a minor participation, but a strong role. The moralist message in the end, when Dr. Walters (Alt Smith) tells that nobody can escape from penitentiaries, does not spoil this great movie. My vote is eight.<br/><br/>Title (Brazil): &quot;Brutalidade&quot; (&quot;Brutality&quot;)

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Reviewed by dbdumonteil 7

One of the best prison movies ever made.Jules Dassin&#39;s direction is so strong ,so precise,so mind-boggling it packs a real wallop.Hume Cronyn gives a subdued but extremely scary portrayal of a sadistic brute.Always in a suave voice,always saying &quot;I want to help you&quot;,there&#39;s only one way for him:the hard one.Burt Lancaster is equally efficient as a tough inmate .But the whole cast cannot be too highly praised.<br/><br/>The cast and credits read :&quot;the women from outside&quot; .There are four flashbacks which really fit into the movie.All of them last barely two or three minutes but they could provide material for four other movies. The first one (Flossie&#39;s ) verges on farce ,it is the comic relief of a desperate movie and we need it!Then the &quot;fur coat&quot; segment which is some kind of Cinderella turned film noir.The third one,perhaps the less interesting (everything is relative!), features Yvonne De Carlo as an Italian girl during the war the former soldier was in love with .And finally Burt Lancaster&#39;s story, he tries to find money to pay his girlfriend&#39;s operation.<br/><br/>These flashbacks are not gratuitous:all that is left to those men is memories .Besides,the last line tells us something like that:&quot;nobody will escape!nobody!&quot; More than ten years before ,Dassin had shown what French director Jacques Becker would do in his famous prison movie &quot;le trou&quot; (1960) : the prison as a metaphor of the human condition.<br/><br/>There are lots of scenes which will leave you on the edge of your seat.My favorite scene: the informer&#39;s death while Lancaster is securing his alibi with the doc.But the final is awesome too,something apocalyptic.

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