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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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Tagline:
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)

User Reviews:
A Sympathetic Disappointment See more (49 total) »

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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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Orson Welles always wore a fake nose when he worked, so when he would sweat on this film, his fake nose would slip. Make-up people had to keep applying material to keep the fake nose from falling.See more »
Quotes:
Minnie Littlejohn:Will Varner, I heard you was in that fire!
Will Varner:Simmer down, Minnie. You ain't a rich widow yet.
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Is 'The Long, Hot Summer' based on a book?
Why was Will Varner in the hospital?
Was Alan Stewart gay?
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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A Sympathetic Disappointment, 28 January 2008
Author: TheRationalist from United States

Considering the cast and the fine Faulkner story, I was expecting wonderful things from this movie, maybe another Splendor in the Grass, but I felt badly let down.

The script was, in a word, wretched. There were unmotivated strong emotions, stilted dialog, not helped by poorly faked Southern accents from players who are not not native Southerners, loaded with plot holes and murky relationships that seemed to go up and down like the stock market.

The cast that looked so good on paper didn't cut it. Anthony Franciosa looked like high school senior play. Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, who went on to Academy Award performances later, were just over the top and struggling with bad dialog in this one. I thought Orson Welles and Angela Lansbury were was excellent playing off each other, but their relationship in a subplot was undefined and didn't advance the story at all.

My family, with different generations, watched the movie at home on DVD with me and their reaction was similar to mine: a sympathetic disappointment in the work of some of our favorite players.

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