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The Long, Hot Summer -- A young man returns to a small town where his father was accused of setting fatal fires.
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William Faulkner (stories) (novel "The Hamlet")
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Release Date:
18 May 1958 (West Germany) See more »
Not since "Peyton Place" has a story been told so boldly! See more »
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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2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
(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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Long and hot all right, with a tremendous cast See more (52 total) »


  (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)

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)
Crew verified as complete

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115 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) (Westrex Recording System) | Mono (35 mm optical prints)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | France:U | Iceland:L | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Not Rated (DVD/Blu-Ray Rating) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #18811) | West Germany:16

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On Orson Welles's chair in his study there is a spoked wheel. When he and Newman are playing cards, in the background it is lit to emphasize this feature. It looks like a movie reel.See more »
[Minnie Littlejohn proposing marriage to Will Varner]
Minnie Littlejohn:Look, honey. It's no good you trying to tell me you're too old. I happen to be in a position to deny it.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rich Hall's the Dirty South (2010) (TV)See more »
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30 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Long and hot all right, with a tremendous cast, 16 June 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Paul Newman stars with Joanne Woodward, Orson Welles, Lee Remick, Anthony Franciosca, Richard Anderson and Angela Lansbury in "The Long, Hot Summer," based on stories by William Faulkner. It's a lushly produced film about a drifter, Ben Quick (Newman), who comes to town. His reputation precedes him, and he soon upsets the status quo in the wealthy Varner family, headed by Orson Welles with a fake nose that kept melting off and an even faker southern accent. There's the weak, insecure son (Franciosa) married to a sex kitten (Remick) and an unmarried daughter (Woodward) saving herself for a momma's boy (Anderson). In town, there's also Varner Sr.'s mistress, played by Angela Lansbury. Ben sets his sights on Clara Varner and puts himself in direct competition with nervous son Jody for papa's approval. But Quick ultimately needs to reach underneath his swagger and bravura and confront his cut and run philosophy.

This is a fantastic cast that delivers sparkling dialogue and an interesting story that has mostly well-drawn characters. The exception would probably be Remick, who has a small but showy role. She doesn't get to do much except show off her figure and sexiness. Welles is a riot - a marvelous technician, he knew how to externalize a character perfectly, and he is here the epitome of a Big Daddy type. His southern drawl is outrageous, and why he decided he needed a new nose (which he had in other roles as well) is beyond me. Woodward gives a touching performance as a young woman who has been living on hope and can't quite cope with her attraction to the overtly sexual Quick. Franciosa is excellent as a tortured young man unable to win his father's love.

But as any film that stars Paul Newman, the movie belongs to him, one of the greatest actors to ever hit the screen. Macho, sexy and handsome, his Ben Quick is angry, determined, manipulative, and disturbing, with a hidden vulnerability. His scenes with Woodward sizzle, and you can see her character blossom under his attention. They're a great couple, both on and off the screen.

Highly recommended, as is any film that stars Paul Newman.

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