Brute Force

Synopsis: At overcrowded Westgate Penitentiary, where violence and fear are the norm and the warden has less power than guards and leading prisoners, the least contented prisoner is tough, single-minded Joe Collins. Most of all, Joe hates chief guard Captain Munsey, a petty dictator who glories in absolute power. After one infraction too many, Joe and his cell-mates are put on the dreaded drain pipe detail; prompting an escape scheme that has every chance of turning into a bloodbath.
Director(s): Jules Dassin
Production: Criterion Collection
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

- Hello, Daniels.

- Morning, sir.

Strella, they tell me you're pressuring

some of the inmates in your area.

Am I?

Captain Munsey, sir,

I've gotta talk to you.

Please, sir. Please.

- Good morning, boys.

- Morning, sir.

- Oh, good morning, Gallagher.

- Morning, Captain.

I understand you're responsible for settling

that little feud over in cell block "J."

We appreciate your assistance

of course, but...

The boys and I were only trying to help.

You and your boys.

There's a very old bylaw in this institution

about gangs or cliques.

We don't like them.

We don't want them.

Why don't you break them up, Captain?

Gallagher, when are you gonna remember

that you're not back home...

running a gang of hoodlums?

Let me be the policeman, eh?

You just serve your time.

And that way, we'll both get paid off.

That's right, Captain.

Like the Book says, we always get

what's coming to us.

All of us.

- Oh, excuse me, sir.

- What's the matter with you?

Wasn't his fault.

Sorry, Lister.

#Ah, the warden's breakfast

ready and made #

#With the ham and eggs and the marmalade ##

Sounds like a very important meeting

you're going to this morning, Doc.

Is, uh, Captain Munsey gonna be there?

- Mm-hmm.

- Mm-hmm.

# Brandy's the very best

drink in the world #

# If you drink enough

your toes get curled ##

Calypso, statistics show...

that if the level of alcohol in the blood

exceeds one half of one percent...

the blood pressure is affected,

a cerebral condition occurs...

and then... you're cockeyed.

And maybe that's the way it should be.

You don't like this place, Doc.

What for you stay here?

You haven't got much choice, Calypso.

Neither have I.

But it's not as easy as all that,

Mr. McCallum. This prison...

This prison has almost twice as many men

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Richard Brooks

Richard Brooks (May 18, 1912 – March 11, 1992) was an American screenwriter, film director, novelist and film producer. Nominated for eight Oscars in his career, he was best known for Blackboard Jungle (1955), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) Elmer Gantry (1960; for which he won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay), In Cold Blood (1967) and Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977). more…

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