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Brubaker (1980)

R | | Crime, Drama | 20 June 1980 (USA)
The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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Storyline

When the new warden comes in disguised as an inmate, he sees firsthand all the corruption and scams the guards and prison officials are running. When he reveals himself and starts to implement reforms to stop the corruption, the local business community, who had been benefiting from the scams, fights back, and the corrupt prison system starts making political trouble for the new warden. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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One man against a cruel system. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 June 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shadow Walk  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,748,079 (USA) (22 June 1980)

Gross:

$37,121,708 (USA)
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(DeLuxe)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The punishment, conditions, corruption, and violence within the prison, depicted in this film, based on the Tucker State Prison Farm and Cummins State Prison Farm prison scandal, became the subject of the common law case of Holt v. Sarver (Arkansas) where it was determined that the Arkansas Prison System violated inmates constitutional rights. See more »

Goofs

As Warden Renfro leaves, he tells Brubaker, "Smartest thing you ever did was come in here incognizant; dumbest was steppin' forward." The term is "incogNITO", which means unknown or unrecognizable. "Incognizant" means unknowledgeable or ignorant. See more »

Quotes

Richard 'Dickie' Coombes: Hey, Brubaker, you know something? That's the first time I've heard those guys laugh in fifteen years!
Henry Brubaker: It doesn't bother you, does it?
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Connections

Referenced in Sugar Boxx (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Respect
(uncredited)
Written by Otis Redding
Performed by Morgan Freeman when he attacks another inmate
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Awesome movie.
3 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie in 1980 when it came out. Growing up this was one of my very favorite movies. In the beginning when Brubaker sneaks into the prison as an inmate - this is the stuff that kids dream of. Nothing could be more exciting.

Slowed down a bit in the middle but picks up towards the end.

I thought it was a great movie then & after watching it again in 2012 still think it is awesome. Redford is great. Keith is great. Morgan Freeman is great. Well acted by all.

I don't comment on movies much because all I have to really say is - I like it.


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