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by Chris Parry

"Classic Redford. A great 'good guy against all odds' flick."
5 stars

There was a time when Redford took himself much less seriously, and he spat out many great movies as a result. Oh, how those times are gone now. But there's always midnight network TV screenings of Brubaker to keep the dream alive.

Redford is a new governor at one of the baddest prisons to have ever evolved. Well, he's not a governor at first. He's a prisoner. He checks things out from the inside, then suddenly walks into the head honcho's office and kicks out the incumbent.

Having experienced the glamour of jail life from the inside, Brubaker sets about making changes and beating down the corruption in the system, only to be hampered at every turn by those on the in and outside.

So whats so good about this film? Well, for a start, it's Redford at his best. My dad so much wanted to be this guy when I was a kid. Redford and Eastwood - they were the champeens o'the world and it was all about the way they put their balls into their roles.

The story, which has a ring of "based on a true story" about it, is intense. This film does not let you go, which is weird for a 70's flick. In fact, dare I say it? (Dare! Dare!) Brubaker is due for a remake, if only because every fantastic film of the 20th century has been rehashed lately and Brubaker has escaped this dubious fate.

It's just a damn good blokey flick. Enough drama, enough kicking the bad guys when they're down, enough humour, and plenty of big names before they got big.

If you're in the mood for a bit of retro, give Brubaker a look. The ending still gives me shivers down the back.

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User Comments

5/18/15 Sarah Vic, the guy who looks like a really young Patrick Swayze, is David Keith. Shocking movie! 5 stars
2/24/13 Brubaker believer I believe that Burbaker's radicality is the solution to many problems 5 stars
5/31/09 Vic Who is the guy who looks like a really young Patrick Swayze 4 stars
4/28/08 action movie fan in the right direction but too slow moving 3 stars
8/01/07 mr.mike i can live with its "liberal with common sense" theme 4 stars
2/04/06 Mick a bunch of do-gooder crap. 1 stars
9/14/04 charles e duh where was wakefield located at 5 stars
7/18/04 Laurel very real look at what prisons were like 4 stars
4/02/04 Barbara warden's secretary in max. security prision 4 stars
10/30/03 Gary Brubaker Greatest movie I've ever seen! 5 stars
5/11/03 Paul Based on Tom Merton (who didn't enter undercover) found as a warden in Arkansas in 1970s 4 stars
4/05/03 qy what the hell was this 1 stars
3/24/03 Jack Sommersby Compelling and disturbing. 4 stars
11/25/02 Charles Tatum Everything Shawshank was not 5 stars
9/28/02 Mary Great 4 stars
8/05/02 tom cummings excellemt character development i n the supporting cast to match redford's skill 5 stars
7/25/02 kaye Redford at his best. Tears in his eyes in last scene and I believe them. 4 stars
12/28/01 moggy westfall makes me want to know about the real brubaker 5 stars
9/24/01 R.W. Welch Stock prison drama with one new twist -- which isn't quite enough. 3 stars
7/21/01 H Rich thought provoking 5 stars
6/23/01 Michel Van Goethem great 5 stars
8/01/00 Peter Martin One of my top three of all time 5 stars
9/26/99 Debasish Really a good one. 4 stars
1/20/99 {{{OZ}}} Seen this film at least three times and it doesn't lose it's edge. Awesome all over. 5 stars
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