BRUBAKER (1980 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.4|5.0 Starsììì

Brubaker does not do Robert Redford’s acting abilities justice as did Jeremiah Johnson, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The Sting.  Yet, it is a good fictionalized account of attempts to reform Arkansas prisons during the 1960s and 1970s. The script, however, is poorly written and the film falls far below a solid 4-star rating. Watch for Morgan Freeman and Yaphet Kotto (known for Mr. Big in Live and Let Die) in this movie.

Storyline

New Warden Henry Brubaker (Robert Redford) attempts reform at an Arkansas prison and finds resistance at high political levels when he makes a remarkable discovery.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Stuart Rosenberg for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producer Ted Mann for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Richard ‘Dickie’ Coombes (Yaphet Kotto), Lillian Gray (Jane Alexander), John Deach (Murray Hamilton), Larry Lee Bullen (David Keith), Walter (Morgan Freeman), Roy Purcell (Matt Clark), Huey Rauch (Tim McIntire), Abraham Cook (Richard Ward), Zaranska (Jon Van Ness), C.P. ‘Woody’ Woodward (M. Emmet Walsh), Rory Poke (Albert Salmi), and Carol (Linda Haynes).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. For a hardcore Robert Redford fan, the movie will be quite satisfying.

Ben Meyers

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