Brute F-rce: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1947) / Region 1
Brute F-rce: The Criterion Collection

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Brute F-rce: The Criterion Collection

As hard-hitting as its title, Brute F-rce was the first of Jules Dassin's forays into the crime genre, a prison melodrama that also takes a critical look at American society. Burt Lancaster is the timeworn Joe Collins, who, along with his fellow inmates, lives under the heavy thumb of the sadistic, power-tripping guard Captain Munsey (a riveting Hume Cronyn). Only Collins's dreams of escape keep him going, but how can he possibly bust out of Munsey's chains? Matter-of-fact and ferocious, Brute F-rce builds to an explosive climax that shows the lengths men will go to when fighting for their freedom.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Feb 15 2007
  • Production Year 1947
  • Empire SKU 1301219
  • UPC Code 715515022828
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Audio commentary by film noir specialists Alain Sliver and James Ursini
A new interview with Paul Mason, editor of Captured By The Media: Prison Discourse In Popular Culture
Theatrical trailer
Stills gallery
Plus: A new essay by film critic Michael Atkinson, a 1947 profile of producer Mark Hellinger, and rare correspondence between Hellinger and Production Code administrator Joseph Breen over the film's content.


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W



  • Mark Hellinger


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