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Prison inmates revolt against a sadistic guard.
Prison inmates revolt against a sadistic guard.
Between the sadistic guard captain and the intense escape sequence, this could have been a great film. Unfortunately, it wastes a lot of time on cheezy backstories for several of the prisoners that all seem to suggest they all went to prison for love. It seemed like a cop out after the brutality the film presented to show these as misunderstood, romantic men who just went too far for their women.
Still, Munsey is a vicious villain. This film features some fairly gruesome moments of violence and death, and Munsey is at the root of all of them, one way or another. He's menacing, cold, and prim. He would not have been out of place in a film about Nazis.…
Great prison drama with the always amazing Burt Lancaster. Interesting to see Sam Levene as something other than a cop. And Hume Cronyn as such a cold-hearted SOB.
"This place is full of pain."
Balances its tendencies towards the nearly-baroque with a horrifying, still-shocking-today dose of brutality. All-time great cinematography, brilliant production design, and seething anger simmering just under the production code trappings. Hits like a punch to the gut 70 years later.
Here's a sentence I never thought I'd write - don't fuck with Hume Cronyn!
Admittedly, I've probably not seen all that many films with him in but my experience of him has generally been of quite gentile characters. But in Brute Force? What a bastard!
I really did enjoy this film but I think older prison films suffer perhaps as much as any genre compared to their younger counterparts. This is a genre of film that needs violence and sadism to get its point across a lot of the time and, made as it was in 1947, there was only so much that Jules Dassin could show. Yet like Don Siegel would manage several years later in Riot In Cell…
Those gates only open three times. When you come in, when you've served your time, or when you're dead!
After being blown away by Rififi I decided to check out something from Jules Dassin from his "pre-blacklist" period. Enter Brute Force, a film that more then lives up to it's name with the unlikely Hume Cronyn cast as it's heavy who shockingly proves he's up to the task of being an evil bastard.
Cronyn is Capt. Munsey, who runs the prison like a dictator with a uniform that reflects that. His opposite is prisoner Joe Collins played by Burt Lancaster, who's entire portrayal is almost just different levels of rage throughout the film as he's a desperate man that…
"Zelle R 17"
Frühes intensives und pessimistisches Gefängnisdrama mit tollen Darstellern.
Prison drama starring Burt Lancaster trying to escape from prison with a couple of inmates. Very good movie with some brutal suggestive scenes. The backstory flashbacks of each of the characters did get me out of the story but otherwise perfect prison drama.
After seeing the excellent classic heist movie Rififi the other year, director Jule Dassin was put on my radar. Brute Force, one of his earlier films is a prison drama where the convicts are oppressed and their lives put constantly at risk under the tyrant prison officer Captain Munsey. Convict Joe Collins leads a group of prisoners in an attempt to over run the guards and escape. All the usual prison drama tropes are here but don't let that put you off, this is an excellent character driven prison drama. Burt Lancaster and Hume Cronyn head a colourful cast. Cronyn is unexpectedly and particularly menacing as Munsey, something I didn't expect due to his stature and only seeing him in…
Another Film Noir watch.
This one was pretty good, it had what we now come to expect in any form of prison movie. A tough no frills convict fighting back against a corrupt prison officer with a will to dominate and an appetite for torture and brutality.
Burt Lancaster plays the tough convict, determined to break out of prison so he can see the love of his life. Meanwhile he has to contend with snitches within his prison group and a tough chief of guards played by Hume Cronyn.
The prison setting works perfectly with Film Noir especially as most of these films tend to work on the theme of people being trapped usually on a more metophorical level, but…
According to Dassin, American prisons predominantly harbor decent guys who, if treated fairly, would dutifully serve their time. That one-sided social critique robs his spectacular climactic set piece of its intended resonance.
Preceded by shorts ‘Swimming and Diving’, ‘The Little Co-Ed’, ‘Hangin’ ‘Round the Fountain’, and ‘Vitamin “U” for Me’ (all 16mm)
Screened between cell blocks 8 & 9, outside Al Capone’s cell and the barbershop.
윤리성이 결여된 잔인한 힘은 끝내 통제를 벗어나 간수들과 죄수들 모두의 비극으로 이어진다. 죄수의 비인간적 격리수용에 대한 커멘터리를 중심으로 종장까지 긴장감 있게 달려나가는 영화
Every bit the ruthless prison noir the title promises, full of pain and anger and brutality. Men of violent pasts trapped in purgatory. Dreaming of escape but never escaping. Conjured up in this maximum security prison that doubles as some sort of claustrophobic, post-apocalyptic industrial dungeon.
Happy 90th Birthday to Ann Blyth! I guess I’ve logged this movie on here before, as I may have seen it back on TCM years ago. It’s funny that I’ve logged back to back movies from here as well, as I already logged Mildred Pierce on November 18th as part of my annual Noirvember screenings! Here she ends up romancing Burt Lancaster (who died of a heart attack at the age of 80). At least he went to his grave owning a Oscar for Elmer Gantry! Which is another film that I’ve never seen before! Anyway, I thought this was pretty solid! This was directed by one of my favorite directors of ALL time in Jules Dassin! I’ve actually got…