The Sound and the Fury (1959)

 |  Drama  |  6 April 1959 (Sweden)
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Loosely based on the William Faulkner novel, this movie follows the lives and passions of the Compsons: a once-proud Southern family now just barely scraping by both financially and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Jason Compson
Quentin Compson / Narrator
Margaret Leighton ...
Charlie Busch
Ben Compson
Françoise Rosay ...
John Beal ...
Howard Compson
Earl Snopes
Steven Perry ...
Luster (as Stephen Perry)
William Gunn ...
T.P., Dilsey's Grandson
Roy Glenn ...


Loosely based on the William Faulkner novel, this movie follows the lives and passions of the Compsons: a once-proud Southern family now just barely scraping by both financially and emotionally. Howard passes the time in a bottle; his brother Bengy is child in a man's body; sister Caddy has come crawling home after years of being kept by a string of "admirers". Only Jason, the cruel, cold-hearted adopted head of the family, and Quentin, who was abandoned at birth by Caddy, have the fire and the fury needed to put the family back on its feet again. Written by A.L.Beneteau <>

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6 April 1959 (Sweden)  »

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William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The soundtrack was issued by Decca in 1959 and later on CD by Varese Sarabande in 1991. See more »


When Caddie and Quentin are talking in Caddie's bedroom, the shadow of the boom mic is visible in the mirror above the dressing table. See more »


Jason Compson: Anybody could make you feel like a woman!
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Referenced in Full Frontal (2002) See more »


Beautiful Dreamer
Music by Stephen Foster
Played by the band in the park when Quentin is talking with Jason
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Interesting Southern Gothic, complete with its clichés
4 April 2007 | by (Barrington, IL) – See all my reviews

Why is it that all stories regarding the South have to have at least one character who is mentally challenged? Oh well, at least Jack Warden was convincing.

Predictably dreary directing by Martin Ritt (Hud; Hombre).

Brynner was definitely out of place as the lead, but Georgia native Woodward was right on target.

British actress Margaret Leigton was terrific. She's another reminder that even in the 50's, some of Hollywood's best were skinny, chain-smoking women from across the pond. Some things never change, I guess.

The print I saw on INHD was in excellent shape. I wonder why this hasn't been released on DVD.

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