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I was young myself once. I used to hide in the greenery and hoot and bellow.
I'll bet you did. I'll bet you stayed longest and yelled loudest.
Your mama listened.
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This is one of the great guilty pleasure movies. Orson Welles, Paul Newman, and Joanne Woodward are all wonderful, and the supporting cast is just fine. The plot is delightfully incoherent, and everyone gets a chance to chew on the scenery. As a big fan of Faulkner, I find the way the screenwriters have jumbled together characters, themes and episodes from various books especially entertaining (although the sensibilities of the characters are more Tennessee Williams, or Tennessee Tuxedo even, than Faulkner, which just adds to the pleasure).
The producer was Jerry Wald, and this has the look and feel that is (at least to me) characteristic of his movies.
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