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Director:
Writers:
Irving Ravetch (screenplay) and
Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
6 April 1959 (Sweden) See more »
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Plot:
Loosely based on the William Faulkner novel, this movie follows the lives and passions of the Compsons:... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Did they even read the book? See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Yul Brynner ... Jason Compson

Joanne Woodward ... Quentin Compson / Narrator
Margaret Leighton ... Caddy Compson

Stuart Whitman ... Charlie Busch

Ethel Waters ... Dilsey

Jack Warden ... Ben Compson
Françoise Rosay ... Mrs. Caroline Compson
John Beal ... Howard Compson

Albert Dekker ... Earl Snopes
Stephen Perry ... Luster
William Gunn ... T.P., Dilsey's Grandson
Roy Glenn ... Job
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Carson ... Mary Ellen (uncredited)
William Challee ... Roustabout (uncredited)
Esther Dale ... Mrs. Maud Mansfield (uncredited)
Gary Diamond ... Boy (uncredited)
Buddy Hart ... Boy (uncredited)
Thaddeus Jones ... Reverend Shegog (uncredited)
Adrienne Marden ... Effie Mansfield, Maud's Old Maid Daughter (uncredited)
Barry Seltzer ... Extra (uncredited)
George Standefer ... Boy (uncredited)
William Stevens ... Roustabout (uncredited)
Emerson Treacy ... Selby, Pawnshop Owner (uncredited)
Donald Ward ... Carnival Hawker (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Carnival Manager (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Ritt 
 
Writing credits
Irving Ravetch (screenplay) and
Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay)

William Faulkner (novel)

Produced by
Jerry Wald .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alex North 
 
Cinematography by
Charles G. Clarke (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Stuart Gilmore 
 
Art Direction by
Maurice Ransford 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Paul S. Fox 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Adele Palmer 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
Gladys Rasmussen .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Thomas Tuttle .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Saul Wurtzel .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eli Dunn .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Charles Peck .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Walter Fitchman .... head grip (uncredited)
James Mitchell .... still photographer (uncredited)
Charles Wise .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... executive wardrobe designer (as Charles LeMaire)
Willie Mae Neal .... costumer: women (uncredited)
Wesley Trist .... costumer: men (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Lionel Newman .... conductor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Teresa Brachetto .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Martha Manor .... stand-in (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
110 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | West Germany:16 (original rating)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The title is a quotation from Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: 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 »
Quotes:
Quentin Compson:I just happen to be an eccentric.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Old Folks at HomeSee more »

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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Did they even read the book?, 27 June 2006
Author: FainneRoisin from United States

The cast was hopelessly out of character from the novel. The characters that were supposed to be sympathetic (Benjy and Caddy) weren't at all. Benjy seemed more like a mute than a severely retarded man. Caddy was overblown and narcissistic, not tragic and beautiful. And who in the world decided on Yul Brynner as Jason? His acting was completely wooden. (and I know it was an attempt to be cold and distant, but he kept the same facial expression the entire movie) Not only that, but what was the point of having him and Caroline not "really" part of the family? Their accents were off-putting, not only that, but Caroline's character in the novel was whining, pitiful, and annoying, not demanding and rude like in the movie. Quentin was supposed to be a slut, a really "bad girl", but she didn't come off like that in the movie. "Howard" was a really unneeded character. He was the combination of Uncle Maury and Quentin (the boy) from the book, but really had no purpose to the movie. And were they trying to make the movie set in 1928 like it was supposed to be? Because it sure looked a lot like 1959 in most parts. I think the best performance was given by Ethel Waters as Dilsey. Oh, and when did Reverend Shegog show up? I see him listed in the characters, but they cut out the whole scene inside the church (probably one of the most moving scenes from the novel) If you're familiar with the novel, "loosely based" is an understatement.

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