Brute Force (1947)

98 min.
Plot  On a dark, rainy morning at Westgate Prison, prisoners crammed into a small cell watch through the window as Joe Collins (Burt Lancaster) returns from his term in solitary confinement. Joe is angry and talks about escape. The beleaguered warden is under pressure to improve discipline. His chief of security, Capt. Munsey (Hume Cronyn), is a sadist who manipulates prisoners to inform on one another and create trouble so he can inflict punishment. The often drunk prison doctor (Art Smith) warns that the prison is a powder keg and will explode if they are not careful. He denounces Munsey's approach and complains that the public and government officials fail to understand the need for rehabilitation.

Joe's attorney visits and tells Joe his wife Ruth (Ann Blyth) is not willing to have an operation for cancer unless Joe can be there with her. He takes his revenge on fellow inmate Wilson (James O'Rear), who at Munsey's instigation had planted a weapon on Joe that earned him a stay in ...



Burt Lancaster
Joe Collins
Hume Cronyn
Capt. Munsey
Yvonne De Carlo
Gina Ferrara
Sam Levene
Louie Miller #7033
Jeff Corey
"Freshman" Stack
John Hoyt
Whit Bissell
Tom Lister
Charles McGraw
Andy (uncredited)


All Titles

Brute Force
English Original Title

Release Dates


United States




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