Brute Force: The Criterion Collection DVD

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As hard-hitting as its title, Brute Force was the first of Jules Dassin's forays into the crime genre, a prison melodrama that also takes a critical look at American society. 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.
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Jules Dassin
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Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 98 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Closed Captioning: Yes
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
  • Color: Black & White
  • Includes:
    Audio commentary by film noir specialists Alain Sliver and James Ursini
    A new interview with Paul Mason, editor of Captured By The Media: Prison Discourse In Popular Culture
    Theatrical trailer
    Stills gallery
    Plus: 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.
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One of the Best

By Dick

from Los Angeles, CA

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  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining
  • Great Cinematography


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    One of the best movies you'll see on the politics and psychology of prison life and the life of prisoners.

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