Captain Wade Hunnicutt is the wealthiest and most powerful citizen in his Texan town; he is also a notorious womanizer, which has turned his wife Hannah against him. She has brought up ... See full summary »
Captain Wade Hunnicutt is the wealthiest and most powerful citizen in his Texan town; he is also a notorious womanizer, which has turned his wife Hannah against him. She has brought up their son Theron to be dependent upon her; but as he reaches adulthood, Hunnicutt insists on taking over his upbringing, initiating him in hunting and other masculine pursuits, under the watchful eye of Rafe, Hunnicutt's loyal employee. But Theron's new lifestyle leads him into a love-affair with a local girl, and thence to his learning things about his parents that were previously hidden from him. Written by
David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>
Theron is shooting cans off a fence for target practice. However, every time he hits a can, it shoots straight up in the air instead of backwards. There are probably pneumatic jets hidden behind the fence rail to knock the cans off. See more »
This is a well written adaptation of the famous novel about a Southern family torn apart by the socially unacceptable behavior of its patriarch and the resulting tragedies incurred by his offspring because of it. All performances are exceptionally fine and neither George Hamilton nor George Peppard have ever topped these first outings for them both. Hamilton reminds one of Tony Perkins here - he would also have been perfect casting. He is also reminiscent of Hal Sparks.
Mitchum does very well in one of his best roles and although Eleanor Parker is not on screen very much, she gives a very fine restrained performance.
The joy of this film is in the writing- all of the characters are somehow flawed but they are all basically human and likeable because of it - there are no caricatures, no stock villains or heroes. The 2-1/2 hour running time goes swiftly by.
Bronislau Kaper's score is one of his finest. The unforgettable main theme - a combination of five notes, followed by four - with emphasis laid on the first note of both sets, is extremely moving - filled with both passion and sadness. It is available on CD from Film Score Monthly's series of remastered soundtrack music.
The only fly in the ointment is the VHS release - yes, this newest one- as with MGM/UA's release of SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH, they use a pan and scan of the CinemaScope image and the print is very fuzzy and washed out color-wise. The film is so good though, one is only minorly annoyed with this.
Do see it - it's very very well done.
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