The escape of Bubber Reeves from prison affects the inhabitants of a small Southern town.

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Charlie 'Bubber' Reeves
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Val Rogers
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Ruby Calder
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Emily Stewart
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Mrs. Reeves
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Mary Fuller
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Damon Fuller
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Edwin Stewart
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Jason 'Jake' Rogers
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Elizabeth Rogers
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Briggs
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Verna Dee
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Most everyone in town thinks that Sheriff Calder is merely a puppet of rich oil-man Val Rogers. When it is learned that local baddie Bubber Reeves has escaped prison, Rogers' son is concerned because he is having an affair with Reeves' wife. It seems many others in town feel they may have reasons to fear Reeves. Calder's aim is to bring Reeves in alive, unharmed. Calder will have to oppose the powerful Rogers on one hand and mob violence on the other, in his quest for justice. Written by Buxx Banner <bux572@aol.com>

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Producer Sam Spiegel brought Lillian Hellman into the project, but had her script rewritten. He then refused to show her a final cut before the film's release. He was also responsible for signing the then relatively unknown Robert Redford as Bubber and lighting cameraman Joseph LaShelle, who replaced Robert Surtees after he dropped out due to illness. The Academy Award-winning Lashelle and director Arthur Penn, who was not consulted by Spiegel, did not have a harmonious working relationship, which Penn thought hurt the film. Later, Spiegel did not allow Penn to edit the film himself, which Penn believed ruined the rhythm of the film, which he had wanted to suggest hysteria. The director has disowned the film. Released with great expectations due to all the talent involved, this film proved a critical and financial disappointment and signaled the beginning of the end of Spiegel's success as a film producer. See more »

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When the men are beating up Calder in the jail, they pick him up and throw him into his office. Then the camera angle changes to inside the office and he is thrown in again. See more »

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Emily Stewart: Shoot a man for sleeping with someone's wife? That's silly. Half the town'd be wiped out.
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A much underrated classic
1 December 2010 | by (North Huntingdon, PA, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

At the time of its initial release, few of us knew of the behind-the-scenes problems that beset director, Arthur Penn as he directed "The Chase". I, and many others attended the show and, in 1966, its impact was really astounding. What some critics and viewers take as a rather slow, meandering opening section of the film, I found to be an engrossing study of life in a small Southern town, somewhat low-key and slow-paced, but with a slowly emerging sense of its underlying tensions and conflicts. The news that a local boy has escaped from prison and is headed back to town, serves as the catalyst that eventually brings everything to a boil. Issues such as racism, class conflict, and the effects of evil gossip, come into play as a host of characters find themselves drawn into an ugly crescendo of hatred and fear. The manner in which it all ultimately explodes into a succession of violent scenes left me, and many others I knew, utterly blown away. The shock value and the way it caused us to ponder the meaning of it all long afterward can not be understated. See it now and various elements that reflect common shortcomings in the way big Hollywood productions of the era dealt with such material are far more obvious than they were then. Some dialog doesn't ring true, some of the larger-scale scenes seem overproduced. All the same, it remains a remarkable film, amazingly well acted.


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