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Movie Details

Title:   Brute Force
Director:   Jules Dassin
Year:   1947
Genre:   Noir
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   11.02.07

Other Movies Seen By This Director (4)
- The Naked City
- Night and the City
- Thieves' Highway
- Topkapi

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
11.02.07DVD Prison noir starring Burt Lancaster in his second movie directed by Jules Dassin with a script by Richard Brooks (thanks to producer Mark Hellinger). I particularly enjoyed how the heavy is little ol' Hume Cronyn. I suppose it's a testament to his acting ability that I can believe he intimidates anyone at all, much less big ol' Burt.

There were several aspects of the film that i didn't dig at all: the singing dude, the various flashbacks, and the doctor's long-winded social message speeches. Aside from those though, I liked the rest. I particularly liked how brutal the violence was (for its time) with the killing of the snitch sequence and the climactic break-out attempt. When Burt learns which of his crew was an informer, I thought "wouldn't it be cool if they strung him to the front of that cart and used him as a human sheild?" then just as quickly "nah, it's the 40s. That's like a Mad Max type of thing to do, not Hayes Code 40s" but sure enough they did it and it was awesome!
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