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With: Robert Redford, Jane Alexander, Yaphet Kotto, Murray Hamilton, David Keith, Morgan Freeman, Matt Clark, M. Emmet Walsh, Everett McGill
Written by: W.D. Richter, Arthur Ross
Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 131
Date: 06/20/1980

Brubaker (1980)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Robert Redford stars in his usual quietheroic role as a liberal reform prison warden who first appears as aprisoner to get a lay of the land. He attempts to rid the prison of itsbarbaric tactics, and eventually tries to uncover an ancient murder rap,but the odds are against him. It's a heavy-handed message movie with anintolerable ending, but it contains many great performances, notablyfrom Morgan Freeman as a half-crazed solitary prisoner.

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