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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.
Faulkner and Williams Lite, Beautiful Ambience
The interactions between Orson Welles and Paul Newman are the reason to see this movie. I thought Welles did a great job as the loveable antagonist, and the best chemistry in the movie is between those two. All performances are excellent though, and this movie is as intense but much more uplifting that most of Faulkner and Williams' works. I rented it because Paul Newman passed, and it was fun to watch him in this.
Paul Newman is cool by any standard in any era and this movie is one of the reasons why. Producing some of his most memorable quotes, the movie boasts incredible chemistry bewteen Newman's character and those of Joanne Woodward and Orson Welles. A solid five stars, this movie is recommended to anyone who wants to be immersed wholely in a super plot.
AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!
this is AMAZING! seriously one of the BEST movies i ever saw! paul newman & joanne woodward, a real life couple, have fantastic chemistry, and this movie is just such a joy to watch! i didnt want it to end!
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 1958
- © 1953 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Jerry Wald Productions, Inc. Renewed 1986 by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.