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A crime-busting lawyer and his initially reluctant attorney father take on the forces that run gambling and prostitution in their small Southern town.

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Albert L. Patterson
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John Patterson
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Ellie Rhodes
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Rhett Tanner
Lenka Peterson ...
Mary Jo Patterson
Biff McGuire ...
Fred Gage
Truman Smith ...
Ed Gage
Jean Carson ...
Cassie
Kathy Marlowe ...
Mamie (as Katharine Marlowe)
John Larch ...
Clem Wilson
Allen Nourse ...
Jeb Bassett
James Edwards ...
Zeke Ward
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Helen Ward
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Hugh Bentley
George Mitchell ...
Hugh Britton
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In this semidocumentary, an Alabama town is run by a crime syndicate that's grown fat on prostitution and crooked gambling, directed at soldiers from Fort Benning across the river. Lawyer John Patterson, back from the army, is triggered by what he sees to join the reformers with a plan: to run his father Albert for state attorney general. The syndicate responds with escalating violence: is no one safe? Credits preceded by a "newscast" containing spoilers. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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14 August 1955 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is one of Martin Scorsese's personal favorite films. See more »

Goofs

When the body of Zeke Ward's little girl is thrown onto the Pattersons' lawn from the passing car, it is obviously a doll. See more »

Quotes

John Patterson: [Viewing the dead body of a black girl thrown from the car] Who is she?
Albert L. Patterson: Zeke's baby.
John Patterson: Did thy kill her just for this?
Albert L. Patterson: They've killed for less.
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Referenced in Bad Seed (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Phenix City Blues
Music and Lyrics by Harold Spina
Sung by Meg Myles
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27 October 2003 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Thought-provoking story of corruption in 1950s Alabama. Realistic characters and an air of menace make this a compulsory watch. The longer version - with the 12 min introduction - is the one to see.

Good performances and some harrowing scenes make this the best film of 1955. 7/10


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