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  • Actors: Robert Redford, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Alexander, Murray Hamilton, David Keith
  • Directors: Stuart Rosenberg
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct. 2004
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002VF4NA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,880 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Robert Redford plays Brubaker, a Southern prison warden who arrives at his new jail disguised as a prisoner, in order to uncover the inhumane and violent system he is inheriting. He then reveals himself to the prison officers and inmates, and tries to put right the system. With Morgan Freeman, Yaphet Kotto and Jane Alexander.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Dec. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The roughest and toughest prison farm in America needs a new warden...enter Brubaker. Robert Redford is superb in this classic thriller following one mans effort to clean up a prison filled with violence, deceipt and corruption.
From the moment Brubaker enters the prison - as a convict in an attempt to find out what he is really up against - the movie kicks off in a cloud of dust and dirt that never settles until the credits roll.
A classic prison drama with great performances and top action all the way through. Catch it if you can...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Lindström on 31 Aug. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I rated this movie (the Bluray version) 5/5 because I think it's one of the best movies of the early 80's and it gives you a feeling of the hellish environment of the Wakefield prison farm (actually Junction City state prison) It begins with a rather bleak and grey tone of the bus transport to the prison, it's raining, it's muddy and one could almost imagine how it must have been felt taking that ride and when arrived be exposed to the brutality of the Trusty System, violence, prison rape and slavery.
Robert Redford is maybe a bit too good looking here, but his performance is outstanding nevertheless and a realistic portrayal of the fictional Henry Brubaker. Yaphet Kotto has always been a favorite actor of mine and doesn't disappoint here either. There are so many good actors in this movie so It's hard to name them all, always fun to see Joe Spinell and Tim McIntire on screen and they also gives you a memorable performance. The trivia says Nicholas Cage has a small uncredited role in this but I haven't been able to see him yet. Morgan Freeman is hilarious as the crazy isolated inmate.

The Bluray release of this was most anticipated, and Fox did a good job here. I noticed a lot of
new details and interesting things because of the sharp transfer. The colors are perfect, from
the damp prison walls inside to the lush green outside.
The DTS-HD Master 5.1 track is fine since I have only watched this movie with mono sound (which is also included by the way) The HD soundtrack isn't overly effective, some ambient sounds but is an improvement over the mono
one.

I highly recommend this, and it's regionfree. English SDH subtitles.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mr d mcelroy on 8 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
I first came across this film many years ago, am delighted to own it. Fantastic prison drama whose story keeps your emotions flying start to finish. Honestly haven't a bad word to say about this film. One of my all time favourites.

Redford is brilliant and look out for a tall and skinny Samuel L Jackson.

Dont hesitate buy it!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Nov. 2012
Format: DVD
It's odd that whenever talk of Prison base films crops up you rarely see Brubaker mentioned as a viable piece of work, which to me personally is a dam shame because it's origin source provides a worthy story to be involved in.

Based on the writings of Tom Murton a Prison Farm Reform Warden in Arkansas in the late 60s, the corruption and murder the film deals with is a very frightening reality, and although this film is obviously fictionalised to a degree, the evidence of its main themes can be found from many sources.

Robert Redford plays the title character who chooses to go into the prison farm as a convict to see at first hand how the Farm is run, what he sees shocks him to the core and so should it shock the viewer as well, after learning all he needs to, he comes forward to take control of the Farm and tries to put an end to the torture, corruption and dank depression that is rife at the Farm. He has to deal with many obstacles along the way and it's the strength of the man that has the viewer firmly onside all thru the film.

The acting is spot on, the title role calls for a cool persona to not get flustered when faced with mounting resistance, and Redford delivers in spades, the main supporting cast of Yaphet Kotto, David Keith, and Jane Alexander do very good work, whilst the direction from Stuart Rosenberg is paced to perfection. The story is grimy and gnaws away at you, and then we get the ending that frustrates as much as it lifts the spirit, this is in my opinion is a criminally undervalued piece of work. 8/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Based on a true story, Brubaker is a superior prison drama that should be in every film lover's collection. Henry Brubaker is an idealistic new prison warden, who has been sent to Wakefield prison farm with reform in mind. He takes the unusual step of entering the prison as an inmate, to get a real view of what is going on. The first half hour of the film, before his dramatic revelation, is a grim and unflinching look at the worst of humanity as he observes the corruption, the squalor, the depraved behaviour, the casual violence that the prisoners both endure and mete out. When he takes over as Governor (following a classic scene with Morgan Freeman, 15 years before he won worldwide recognition as Red in his other great prison film, The Shawshank Redemption) he starts to fight back, trying to stop the corruption that leaves the prisoners starving, in rags and in filth. Fighting wardens and inmates who are up to their necks in graft, and governors and businessmen who profit from the slave labour, he soon makes enemies. It is when he finds unmarked graves and starts to uncover even more serious crimes that his position becomes difficult, and eventually the politicians find enough ammunition to fire him before he can make their jobs unsafe.

Redford is perfectly cast as the energetic and idealistic Brubaker, genuinely horrified at what he sees and full of concern for his fellow human beings. For me it counts as one of his best films. The script writer (who was nominated for an Oscar) and director produce a stygian vision of life in the prison, made all the more disturbing by the realisation that these conditions are real, and people are forced to live in this degradation. Redford's Brubaker is a gleaming shaft of light in this darkness as he looks on with concern and revulsion.
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