Brute Force (1947)

Director
Jules Dassin

Main cast
Burt Lancaster; Hume Cronyn; Charles Bickford; Yvonne De Carlo; Ann Blyth

Genres
Crime, Drama

Description
Prison inmates revolt against a sadistic guard.


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