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Director:
Writers:
William Faulkner (stories) (novel "The Hamlet")
Irving Ravetch (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
18 May 1958 (West Germany) See more »
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Not since "Peyton Place" has a story been told so boldly! See more »
Plot:
Accused barn burner and con man Ben Quick arrives in a small Mississippi town and quickly ingratiates himself with its richest family, the Varners. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(3 articles)
Paul Newman: 1925 - 2008
 (From IMDb News. 27 September 2008, 8:49 AM, PDT)

Faulkner's 'Dust' returns to film
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 14 February 2008)

Actor Tony Franciosa Dead at 77
 (From WENN. 22 January 2006)

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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Paul Newman ... Ben Quick

Joanne Woodward ... Clara Varner

Anthony Franciosa ... Jody Varner

Orson Welles ... Will Varner

Lee Remick ... Eula Varner

Angela Lansbury ... Minnie Littlejohn

Richard Anderson ... Alan Stewart
Sarah Marshall ... Agnes Stewart
Mabel Albertson ... Elizabeth Stewart

J. Pat O'Malley ... Ratliff
Bill Walker ... Lucius (as William Walker)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adler ... Ambulance Driver (uncredited)

Val Avery ... Wilk (uncredited)
Jim Brandt ... Linus Olds (uncredited)
Brian Corcoran ... Harry Peabody (uncredited)
Lee Erickson ... Tom Shortly (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Harris (uncredited)
Eugene Jackson ... Waiter (uncredited)

I. Stanford Jolley ... Houston (uncredited)
Nicholas King ... John Fisher (uncredited)
Terry Rangno ... Pete Armistead (uncredited)
Ralph Reed ... J.V. Bookright (uncredited)
Victor Rodman ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Pat Rosemond ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Helen Wallace ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Steve Widders ... Buddy Peabody (uncredited)
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Directed by
Martin Ritt 
 
Writing credits
William Faulkner (stories "Barn Burning" and "The Spotted Horses") (novel "The Hamlet")

Irving Ravetch (screenplay) and
Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay)

Produced by
Jerry Wald .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alex North 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph LaShelle (director of photography) (as Joseph La Shelle)
 
Film Editing by
Louis R. Loeffler 
 
Art Direction by
Maurice Ransford 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Eli Benneche 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Adele Palmer 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
Edwin Allen .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Layne Britton .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ruby Felker .... hair dresser (uncredited)
Mildred Quinn .... body makeup artist (uncredited)
Roy Stork .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Arthur Lueker .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eli Dunn .... assistant director
Al Murphy .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Norman Rockett .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
E. Clayton Ward .... sound
L. Ralph Zerbe .... recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ray Deter .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Walter Davis .... still photographer (uncredited)
James E. Lavin .... key grip (uncredited)
Irving Rosenberg .... camera operator (uncredited)
Don Scott .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... executive wardrobe designer (as Charles LeMaire)
Willie Mae Neal .... wardrobe (uncredited)
James Taylor .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Lionel Newman .... conductor
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Curtis Harrington .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Marie Kenney .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Marguerite Lamkin .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Martha Manor .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
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115 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) (Westrex Recording System) | Mono (35 mm optical prints)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Chile:14 | Finland:S | France:U | Iceland:L | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #18811) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
This film marks Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman's first cinematic collaboration.See more »
Quotes:
Clara:You're too much like my father to suit me, and I'm an authority on him.
Ben:He's a wonderful old man.
Clara:One wolf recognizes another.
Ben:Tame us. Make pets out of us. You could.
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23 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Debut for legendary screen team, 15 April 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Long Hot Summer is chiefly noted for the fact that Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward made their joint cinematic debut in this film. One of Hollywood's best personal and professional partnerships, Joanne had won a Best Actress Oscar for The Three Faces of Eve the year before and it took Paul thirty more years to match it for their mantelpiece in The Color of Money.

Based on some William Faulkner short stories, The Long Hot Summer commences when Joanne Woodward and Lee Remick, daughter and daughter-in-law of local patriarch Orson Welles give drifter Paul Newman a lift into town. Woodward's a repressed school teacher and Welles despairs of her finding a suitable match.

Because he started dirt poor and worked his way up to the top, Welles takes a liking to Newman and pushes, a little too hard for Newman and Woodward to team up. That's not sitting real well with Anthony Franciosa who is Welles's son and sees Newman displacing him in the family pecking order.

In fact my favorite in the film is Franciosa, he usually is in any film he's in. When he's on the screen, you don't pay attention to anyone else, not even Orson Welles.

Welles borrows a bit from Tennessee Williams's Big Daddy Pollitt from the Paul Newman film the year before, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof. His Will Varner though is a bit softer around the edges, also lends itself more easily to caricature. I think the creators of The Dukes of Hazzard used Welles in The Long Hot Summer as their model for Boss Hogg.

In fact it's interesting to see the contrast in The Long Hot Summer and Cat On a Hot Tin Roof. It's obvious to me that William Faulkner liked the people of Mississippi a whole lot more than the southerners that are in Tennessee Williams's work.

Almost fifty years later, The Long Hot Summer is still enjoyable viewing and still may be the best of Paul and Joanne's joint ventures.

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