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The Long, Hot Summer

  PG Closed Captioning

Martin Ritt

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Plot Summary

Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Orson Welles, Anthony Franciosa, Lee Remick and Angela Lansbury co-star in this riveting tale of life in the Deep South. When Ben Quick (Newman), a suspected barnburner drifts into town, he catches the eye of Will Varner, a tyrannical, intimidating patriarch (Welles) who decides Quick is the ideal husband for his spinsterish daughter (Woodward). But once the loner moves in, the two men lock horns, drawing Varner's family into a complex web of emotions leaving all of them changed forever. Based on several short stories by William Faulkner.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 16
  • Fresh: 14
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Newman's performance as Ben Quick, before the script blunts it, is as mean and keen as a cackle-edge scythe. – TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: This picture is strikingly directed by Martin Ritt. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: The ending is an unconvincing cop out, but it can't spoil the film's compulsive dramatic tension (or a marvellous comic cameo from Angela Lansbury as Welles' long-suffering mistress). – Time Out, Jan 7, 2008

Fresh: Newman, perfectly cast as the intruder, dominates the movie. – Film4, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Classic worth watching!

Steamy, sticky and a little hot under the collar. Great watching the on-screen chemistry of one of Old Hollywood's best known couples. Orson Welles' horrible make-up and over-the-top acting is what prevented 5-stars.

The Long, Hot Summer
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1958

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