Brute Force
Brute Force (1947)

Hard-hitting and gritty, this prison film chronicles the cruelty of a sadistic, egomaniacal prison guard who vents his considerable hatred upon the inmates of Cell R17. One inmate in particular tires of the abuse and begins plotting a… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 1, 1947
DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The escape sequence has the spatial intricacy of the heist in Dassin's Rififi, but the tone is tougher, bleaker, and more suspenseful.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

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.

Variety Staff

Bristling, biting dialog by Richard Brooks paints broad cameos as each character takes shape under existing prison life.

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Emanuel Levy

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

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Sean Axmaker

The title says it all in Jules Dassin's bare-knuckle prison thriller, one of the most brutal films about caged men ever made.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

This is one of Dassin's best films.

TV Guide

First rate all the way.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Outdated prison film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Cindy I
Excellent prison escape flick with Burt Lancaster butting heads with sadistic guard Capt. Munsey (a young Hume Cronyn -- imagine a more vicious version of Percy… More
Ken Stachnik
I love Dassin, but I just wasn't crazy about this one. Lancaster is great and the choice of angles is superb as well.
Arash Xak
What saves this movie from being a typical prison flick is its good ending although it would have been better without those crappy last lines said by the doctor
Michael Gildea
Brute Force is like a film noir version of Shawshank Redemption, except not quite as good despite its influence. The characters for the most part are pretty… More
Stella Dallas
gritty drama about a prison break. burt lancaster is outstanding in only his second film after a great debut in the killers and hume cronyn plays against type… More
Peter Bond