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About the Movie
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.
Fresh: This picture is strikingly directed by Martin Ritt.
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).
Fresh: Newman, perfectly cast as the intruder, dominates the movie.
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.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 1958
- © 1953 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Jerry Wald Productions, Inc. Renewed 1986 by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.