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Brute Force

Released from solitary confinement, prisoner Joe Collins (Burt Lancaster) learns that his supportive wife, Ruth (Ann Blyth), is refusing surgery to treat her potentially deadly cancer, unless Joe can be by her side after the operation. But while Joe is plotting his escape with fellow prisoner Gallagher (Charles Bickford), a violent incident in the prison machine shop causes the entire prison to go into lockdown mode, overseen by the mean-spirited guard Captain Munsey (Hume Cronyn).

Release Date

August 1947

Running Time

98 minutes

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Burt Lancaster

Burt Lancaster

Hume Cronyn

Hume Cronyn

Charles Bickford

Charles Bickford


Director Jules Dassin

Screenplay Richard Brooks

Producer Mark Hellinger

Cinematography William H. Daniels

Editing Edward Curtiss

Music Miklós Rózsa

Distributor Universal Pictures

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