Brute Force
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Burt Lancaster had one of his first starring roles in this hard-hitting prison drama. Capt. Munsey (Hume Cronyn) is a cruel, corrupt prison guard who has his own less-than-ethical ways of dealing with inmates, enough so that Joe Collins (Lancaster) -- the toughest inmate in the cell block -- has decided to break out. Collins tries to persuade Gallagher (Charles Bickford), the unofficial leader of the inmates and editor of the prison newspaper, to join him, but Gallagher thinks Collins' plan won't work. However, Collins does have the support of his cellmates, most of whom, like himself,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"The escape sequence has the spatial intricacy of the heist in Dassin's Rififi, but the tone is tougher, bleaker, and more suspenseful."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Producer Joan Harrison, who seems to have profited from a long association with Alfred Hitchcock, and Director Irving Pichel have created mounting suspense which comes to a distinctly surprising and explosive climax as the jury brings its verdict."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Moralista, misógino e maniqueísta, este é um filme terrivelmente datado que tem como principal mérito o fato de ter sido fundamental para alavancar a carreira de Lancaster."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Flashbacks are used to enable the injection of love interests, but the still claustrophobic action and escape attempt make for an explosive climax."
‑ , Film4
"Bristling, biting dialog by Richard Brooks paints broad cameos as each character takes shape under existing prison life."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Starring Burt Lancaster and cast against type Hume Cronyn, Dassin's first foray into noir is one of the bleakest and most powerful crime prison melodramas ever made, an existential chronicle that also serves as an allegory of American society at large"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The title says it all in Jules Dassin's bare-knuckle prison thriller, one of the most brutal films about caged men ever made."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"This is one of Dassin's best films."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"First rate all the way."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Outdated prison film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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