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Brute Force

Jules Dassin

 
Brute Force (Criterion DVD)

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  • United States
  • 1947
  • 98 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #383

As hard-hitting as its title, Brute Force was the first of Jules Dassin’s forays into the crime genre, a prison melodrama that takes a critical look at American society as well. Burt Lancaster is the timeworn Joe Collins, who, along with his fellow inmates, lives under the heavy thumb of the sadistic, power-tripping guard Captain Munsey (a riveting Hume Cronyn). Only Collins’s dreams of escape keep him going, but how can he possibly bust out of Munsey’s chains? Matter-of-fact and ferocious, Brute Force builds to an explosive climax that shows the lengths men will go to when fighting for their freedom.

Cast

Joe Collins Burt Lancaster
Capt. Munsey Hume Cronyn
GallagherCharles Bickford
Gina Ferrara Yvonne de Carlo
RuthAnn Blyth
Cora Lister Ella Raines
FlossieAnita Colby
Robert ‘Soldier’ Becker Howard Duff

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by film noir specialists Alain Silver and James Ursini
  • A new interview with Paul Mason, author of Capturing the Media: Prison Discourse in Popular Culture
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Stills gallery
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Michael Atkinson, a 1947 profile of producer Mark Hellinger, and rare correspondence between Hellinger and Production Code administrator Joseph Breen over the film’s content

    New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Film Essays

Brute Force: Screws and Proles

By Michael AtkinsonApril 16, 2007

Here we are in the dark territories again, the republic of bitternesses and bile known as . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Brute Force: Screws and Proles

By Michael AtkinsonApril 16, 2007

Here we are in the dark territories again, the republic of bitternesses and bile known as . . . Read more »