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The new warden of a corrupt Southern prison starts by posing as an inmate to observe its brutality.
Through solid dramatic impact and global exposure on cable TV, Brubaker gradually joined the ranks of all-time best prison movies. While preparing to direct Ordinary People, Robert Redford brought his considerable star power to bear on his title role as a prison reform warden, in an unnamed Southern state, who poses as an inmate to expose corruption, violence, and administrative abuse in Wakefield, a prison farm where trustee inmates are armed and encouraged to shoot at would-be escapees. Originally developed for director Bob Rafelson and ultimately filmed by Stuart Rosenberg, this rugged exercise in social commentary has undeniable power, even if some its characters--including Redford's--seem more like stick-figure ethicists than real human beings. It's also got a dynamite supporting cast including Yaphet Kotto, Jane Alexander, and Morgan Freeman in one of his earliest films. Bolstered by his Oscar-winning directorial debut, Redford didn't star in another film until The Natural ended his four-year hiatus. --Jeff Shannon
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Not exactly the same type of movies, but this one and the Shanhawk Redemption are my top two in the list of prison theme movies of all times. Ah, another thing in common between these two, if you want to see a Morgan Freeman in his "youth" have a look to it.
Get some pop-corn and a cold soft drink (or whatever you eat and drink with a good movie) and enjoy. Recommended unreservedly.