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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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Woodward is cute...Brynner is magnificent! 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:
Ethel Waters' final film.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:
Gwine to Rune All NightSee more »

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Woodward is cute...Brynner is magnificent!, 30 December 2008
Author: wansze_theresa from Hong Kong

I've been longing to see this Southern Classic since last year. Thanks to YouTube. Actually, I prefer watching the movie version than the original Faulkner novel, which is too confusing and complex. After reading through some of the previous comments, I thought this movie was really as bad as they said.In fact, however, different people have different views.

The movie plot is mostly taken from the Jason Compson part, and I was glad that it centers on Miss Quentin rather than her mother, Caddy(I never find her character that attractive from the book)Joanne Woodward was already 28 when she played Miss Quentin, but she was quite convincing as a 16-year-old girl with her short blonde hair and tiny body, mischievous, optimistic and tough at the same time. Maybe you might think that picking handsome, charismatic Yul Brynner as a southern patriarch is kind of weird, but friends, they changed the original Jason character into Cajun French, and having that thick European accent is normal and compelling enough. I must say that Brynner is no doubt a very good actor, especially when he reveals his expressions with his beautiful, intensive brown eyes. The ice-cream eating scene between Brynner and Woodward is really tender when he gazes at her, asking "Can't You?" right after she smilingly says she could not imagine Jason would be in love with someone. Moreover, the kissing part between Jason and Quentin is one of the most underrated passionate romance scene I have ever seen on screen. It is both romantic and hilarious as we watch Quentin hugs Jason back because she is finally infatuated with her tyrannical yet gorgeous non-blood related guardian.

Supporting actresses Ethel Waters and Margaret Leighton also gives fabulous and brilliant performances. I find Leighton as classy as ever in the Caddy role. For Faulkner Fans, you may find this movie absurd. On the other hand, you may see this Martin Ritt Film as interesting and enthralling as possible.

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