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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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Southern classic 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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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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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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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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23 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Southern classic, 27 August 2001
Author: sam66 from upstate NY

My all-time favorite Southern movie! Highly underrated! I saw this film one summer afternoon as a teenager and spent the next several years searching for it in the local TV guide to no avail--nor was it available on video (still isn't!). Despite the PBS host who referred to it as "more sound than fury," I was knocked for a loop by the whole atmosphere created in this movie, which is very loosely based on the William Faulkner novel and the Compson characters in general. A couple years ago the True Stories movie channel (?) played it and I grabbed it on tape! My only complaint is that it is a Cinemascope feature and should be played in letterbox format to display the fine '50s-style clear-as-crystal cinematography to its maximum advantage. This is a movie that clocks you over the head with the soundtrack immediately, and the music defines the settings and characters throughout. Bear in mind that this is NOT a slavish interpretation of the mind-ripping book (not even close) nor could it be given its original release date! However, some of the characters are well-represented and even a few lines spoken word-for-word, and the production does an excellent job of capturing the heated Southern intensity of the original story. Joanne Woodward plays young Quentin Compson and the movie revolves around her teenage compulsion to connect with her mother (tall Margaret Leighton wonderfully cast as the wornout, dragged-down Caddy returning home after seventeen years' absence) and escape her cold, sarcastic, pitiless uncle, the "keeper," to a life she imagines will be flavored with love and freedom. Yul Brynner, cast as Jason Compson (not the book version--that guy was nearly insane), is perfect in the role of Quentin's enemy uncle. He captures the character's seething anger, always on the verge of rising to the surface and exploding. At the same time he is a person with a powerful sense of responsibility, and it is truly enjoyable to watch him struggle to keep his highly dysfunctional family in some semblance of order. A few familiar faces from the book include Dilsey (Ethel Waters in a superior performance), strong, softhearted and stressed by the Compson downfall, and little Luster, always put to taking care of huge half-witted Benjy (Jack Warden, who works to capture a very intense and disturbed personality behind a blank expression). Quentin's other uncle, Howard, keeps his father's drinking tradition alive as well as the eternal unhealthy fascination of the Compson boys for sister Caddy; Jason's Cajun mother just stays in bed most of the day, longsuffering and tiresome to all. I love the way this movie features vignettes of the individual lives these people lead, and the way they intersect without ever fully connecting. Anger, passion, frailty, loyalty--all against this wonderful backdrop of decrepit mansions and closeminded small-town malice. I refuse to complain about the way it strays from the novel because as a movie it stands on its own, a separate work, and tremendously enjoyable. Recommended!

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