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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 »
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 »
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

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Trivia:
The title song "The Long Hot Summer" was a hit single for Jimmie Rodgers who had a peak year in 1958 with 7 consecutive hit recordings.See more »
Quotes:
Ben:Well, that's all right. I'm a quiet-living man, myself.
Eula Varner:Oh, I only know one reason for living quiet; that's if you're too old to live any other way.
Ben:In other words, you two girls take your fun where you can find it.
Clara:Don't jump to conclusions, young man. We're giving you a ride and that's all.
Eula Varner:Where you headed?
Ben:I go as far as you go, M'am.
Eula Varner:Oh, you sound as free as a bird. Doesn't he sound as free as a bird, Clara?
Ben:Well, Clara's wondering what kind of bird. Aren't you Clara?
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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Now even better, 17 December 2006
Author: caa821 from Tulsa OK

This is one of those films which is now even better, as it nears a half-century since its original release.

The characters and performances are just as enjoyable to view today - the young Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, vintage Orson Welles - and Tony Franciosa and Lee Remick (along with Orson, both now gone).

The other actors' performances were also excellent, and the characters remain as interesting today as in times past.

Newman's "Ben Quick" fuses the characteristics of both "hero" and "anti-hero" into one role as profoundly as virtually any other film or stage character you're apt to see.

The nostalgia of a work such as this, now seen anew after so many years since production, is something added which only the requisite passage of time enables one to view and enjoy.

In the company of other authors in this genre, such as Caldwell, Steinbeck, Williams, et al, Faulkner's works were among the best, and this is clearly revealed in this fine film.

If I were required to find an area to criticize, it would be the same as I noticed in one of the comments on this site: namely, the somewhat overly-quick and brief "resolution" of the estrangement between Welles and Franciosa, the impatient patriarch and his older child/son. I realize this brevity may have been due to neither Newman nor Woodward being involved - but the writers and director could still have made it a bit more detailed and intricate, with only, say, another two minutes of film. But this aside, this is a superb motion picture - both then and now.

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