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Intruder in the Dust (1949)

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In 1940s Mississippi two teenage boys and an elderly woman combine forces to prevent a miscarriage of justice and clear a black man of a murder charge.

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Complete credited cast:
David Brian ...
John Gavin Stevens
Claude Jarman Jr. ...
Chick Mallison
Juano Hernandez ...
Lucas Beauchamp
Porter Hall ...
Nub Gowrie
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Miss Eunice Habersham
Charles Kemper ...
Crawford Gowrie
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Vinson Gowrie
Elzie Emanuel ...
Aleck
Lela Bliss ...
Mrs. Mallison
Harry Hayden ...
Mr. Mallison
Harry Antrim ...
Mr. Tubbs
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Rural Mississippi in the 1940s: Lucas Beauchamp, a local black man with a reputation of not kowtowing to whites, is found standing over the body of a dead white man, holding a pistol that has recently been fired. Quickly arrested for murder and jailed, Beauchamp insists he's innocent and asks the town's most prominent lawyer, Gavin Stevens, to defend him, but Stevens refuses. When a local boy whom Beauchamp has helped in the past and who believes him to be innocent hears talk of a mob taking Beauchamp out of jail and lynching him, he pleads with Stevens to defend Beauchamp at trial and prove his innocence. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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22 November 1950 (France)  »

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William Faulkner won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1949, the year after "Intruder in the Dust" was published and the same year the film was released. See more »

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When Chick comes out of the water his hair is dry even though he had been completely under water. But, when he get to Lucas's cabin and takes off his wet clothes, his hair is wet. See more »

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Sheriff Hampton: What I want to know is what chick and his buddy would have done if there had been a body in that coffin?
Chick Mallison: I don't know. I hadn't thought about it.
Aleck: [Nervously] Uh, I did.
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Not as good as the book, but good enough
28 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No movie could ever do justice to Faulkner's command of the English language. but they did a pretty good job here. Lucas Beauchamp is exactly the way I pictured him in the book, as is Chick. What the movie couldn't really go into was how Beauchamp wasn't liked by the Negro people either, because he was equally as stubborn. Not that it is a bad thing, but from my take on the book that was his attitude toward the world (yet, I got the feeling it was white society's racism that started it and it spilled over into Negro society, until that became his attitude toward everyone).

the best part of the movie is that you get to see Yoknapatawpha county (actually, Oxford, Mississippi) exactly as Faulkner wrote about it (the film was made when Faulkner was alive and writing). It doesn't look that much different today. Because of this alone, the movie is worth a watch considering it is filmed in Faulkner's backyard. A true must see for Faulkner fans.


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