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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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Mediocre take on Faulkner novel See more (25 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
Steven Perry ... Luster (as Stephen Perry)
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 | USA:Approved (certificate #19193) | West Germany:16 (f)
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Trivia:
Martin Ritt and Yul Brynner almost reunited the following year for a version of " Spartacus " but Kirk Douglas beat them to it.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 »
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Soundtrack:
When the Saints Go Marching InSee more »

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Mediocre take on Faulkner novel, 5 November 2015
Author: bill_golden from Asheville, NC

Leonard Maltin describes this film as a "strange adaptation" of the rather dense and difficult William Faulkner novel of the same name. Perhaps the lesson here is that the book is indeed unfilmable. The movie takes numerous liberties with the novel and generally omits large portions of it. I can't help but feel that Yul Brynner, with his peculiar accent, was miscast as Jason Compson. In the book, Jason is the youngest sibling of Caddy and Benjie; here he is described as an adopted son, and not "blood" kin. We also have a completely made up sibling named Howard, who does not exist in the book. The novel takes place in the late 1920's with many flashbacks, here the present day is the mid 1950's. Despite its shortcomings, including a rather overbearing and jazzy music score which doesn't really fit, The Sound and The Fury does have its merits, starting with the always watchable Joanne Woodward as young Quentin Compson, presumably around 18 years of age and still in high school. The photography was fine and the ambiance, both inside and out, of the deteriorating Compson mansion was spot on. The small town atmosphere of Jefferson, MS was captured nicely. I would recommend this film to Faulkner buffs and Joanne Woodward fans. Just don't expect too much.

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