7.2/10
177
4 user 3 critic

Violent Journey (1965)

The Fool Killer (original title)
After the Civil War, a Southern boy aged 12 runs away from his foster home, wanders the countryside and meets various odd characters along the way.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay) (as Morton Fine) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Phaedra (1962)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The powerful Greek shipowner and constructor Thanos proposes to marry Phaedra during the baptism of a ship with her name. Phaedra, who is the daughter of Thanos'greatest competitor, is a ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Melina Mercouri, Anthony Perkins, Raf Vallone
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A boy is kidnapped and murdered on the French riviera. The police, who had watched the delivery of the ransom to TWO men gives chase once they determine that the boy is dead. The police ... See full summary »

Director: André Cayatte
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Jean-Claude Brialy, Renato Salvatori
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A young man in the jungles of Venezuela meets a strange girl of the forest and falls in love with her.

Director: Mel Ferrer
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Anthony Perkins, Lee J. Cobb
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A champagne tycoon's (Furneaux) partner (Ronet) suspects his partner's gigolo husband (Perkins) of murders he's been framed for.

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Maurice Ronet, Yvonne Furneaux
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Lisa Macklin, an Italian woman, has a fight with her American husband Robert in a Paris night club. He leaves the next day for a business trip and Lisa says she does not want to see him ... See full summary »

Director: Anatole Litvak
Stars: Sophia Loren, Anthony Perkins, Gig Young
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

British rock star with a love-'em-and-leave-'em reputation. The tables are turned when four cute young girls kidnap the singer. After several days of sex and degradation, the poor fellow is rescued by his friends.

Director: Robert Freeman
Stars: Ester Anderson, David Anthony, Harry Baird
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Aging gunslinger Jacob Wade hopes to settle down with his estranged son, but his old enemies have other plans for him.

Director: Henry Levin
Stars: Jack Palance, Anthony Perkins, Neville Brand
The Sea Wall (1957)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

During the 1950s, in French Indochina, the Dufresne family struggles to survive amid harsh economic times and natural disasters.

Director: René Clément
Stars: Silvana Mangano, Anthony Perkins, Richard Conte
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A Russian spy is supposed by the British Secret Service to steal some faked orders, but he is to stupid to succeed. His girlfriend tries to help him, but it seems he is to foolish to succeed.

Director: Édouard Molinaro
Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Anthony Perkins, Grégoire Aslan
Twice a Woman (1979)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Woman (Laura) falls in love with girl (Sylvia). They have an affair, but suddenly Sylvia runs off with the ex-husband of Laura. Laura can't understand why, but Sylvia doesn't want to talk ... See full summary »

Director: George Sluizer
Stars: Bibi Andersson, Anthony Perkins, Sandra Dumas
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The departure of the German army from Paris in 1944.

Director: René Clément
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Boyer, Leslie Caron
Evening Primrose (TV Movie 1966)
Fantasy | Horror | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A man becomes part of a secret society of people who live in a department store and quickly falls in love with their leader's young maid.

Director: Paul Bogart
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Dorothy Stickney, Larry Gates
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Milo Bogardus
...
Mr. Dodd
...
Dirty Jim Jelliman
...
Mrs. Dodd
Yvonne Gilbert ...
Janet
Charlotte Jones ...
Mrs. Ova Fanshawe
Arnold Moss ...
Reverend Spotts
Sindee Ann Richards ...
Blessing Angeline Fanshawe
...
George Mellish
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Curtis Haymore ...
Various (voice)
...
Alice
Edit

Storyline

12-year-old George Mellish, tired of beatings for both real and fancied misdeeds at the hands of his foster parents,runs away from home by hopping a freight train and lands somewhere east of the Mississippi River. The first person he meets is Dirty Jim Helliman who lives in a fantastically filthy hovel and with whom George feels a kindred spirit, both having "suffered" at the hands of a clean woman. It is (really dirty) Dirty Jim that tells George of the mythical, eight-foot bogey man called "The Fool Killer." George gets sick and Dirty Jim takes him to town where Mrs.Ova Faversham takes charge of the feverish boy. When Blessing Angeline, Mrs. Faversham's 10-year-old daughter, tells George that her mother intends to return him to his foster parents, George hits the road again. He meets Milo Bogardus, a young Civil War veteran, who has been robbed of his memory by a war wound, and is as lost in his own way as George. THey come upon a camp meeting, where the fanatical Reverend Spotts is... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

For Adults. For Children. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

28 April 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Violent Journey  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First film of Edward Albert, Eddie Albert's son. See more »

Connections

Version of Kraft Theatre: The Fool Killer (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Glory To The Lamb
Written by David Mook, Arnold Goland, Jimmy Radcliffe
(Plays during tent revival scene)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
beautiful and haunting images
9 March 2007 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

As a child, this film had an enormous impact on me. It's a wonderful piece of Americana, a folks tale enriched by beautiful and haunting images thanks to the great B&W photography, and though it is not on the same level as Night of the Hunter, it still has an interesting way of dealing with psychological archetypes. I would go as far as saying that in the portrayal of the way reality is transfigured by a child's imagination, this film is just as good - if not better - than this year's Pan's Labyrinth.

And then there is the immense Anthony Perkins. How sad and annoying that people to this day still use his Norman Bates as a milestone against which they measure the rest of his haunting work. They seem to forget that he had played some seriously tormented characters long before that one and just as well: Josh Birdwell in "Friendly Persuasion", Jim Piersall in "Fear Strikes Out" etc... His unique talents have often been wasted, but here he shines. I never saw any resemblance in his way of playing Milo to that other more celebrated character. Rather, it's a variation on his work in Friendly Persuasion, as if his Josh had gone terribly wrong - a portrait of broken youth, broken dreams, broken beauty. The scene by the river still haunts me to this day. As a child I envied Edward Albert Jr and thought he was very lucky, I wished I had an older brother like him.

I have seen it again when I was finally able to get my hands on a VHS copy. I had to concede that the screenwriters should have worked a lot harder, but I still found it haunting and beautiful, just like its unique star.


20 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Any connection to the Marvel Comics character Emkay-09
Lana Wood Appearing at Maryland Nostalgia Con pickitwilly
Discuss Violent Journey (1965) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?