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The Chase (1966)

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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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Mrs. 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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Trivia

Producer Sam Spiegel wanted Peter O'Toole, who had had to sign a seven-year contract with Spiegel to get the part of T.E. Lawrence in Spiegel's Oscar-winning Lawrence of Arabia (1962), to play the part of Jake. O'Toole turned it down; he was furious that his contract with Spiegel prevented him from accepting the lead role in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), director David Lean's production of Boris Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago (1965), thought the screenplay was a "ghastly" "lifts-the-lid-of" potboiler akin to Grace Metalious' Peyton Place (1957). James Fox was signed to the role after he proved he could play a Texas accent. See more »

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The blood patterns on Calder's shirt are different when he brings Bubber back to gaol as compared to when he left to get him. See more »

Quotes

Damon: Well now, Sheriff, it's nice to know that you're out here on patrol.
Sheriff Calder: No, no, I'm not on patrol. Just lookin' for an ice cream cone, that's all.
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A dated but still powerful film
17 January 1999 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

Much sexual water has gone under the bridge since the 1960s, and more than a few installments of "The Playboy Philosophy." So now, at the millennium's turning, a tale in which the prejudices, cynicism and sexual infidelities of a small southern town's dissolute ruling class figure prominently seems dated, even quaint. Yet such is the terrifyingly plausible spiral into anarchy depicted in 1966's The Chase that Arthur Penn's controversial film remains a disturbing piece of cinema. A thinner (but still imposing) Marlon Brando plays Sherrif Calder, a lone, laconic voice of reason in a town rapidly going insane on a hot summer's night. E.G. Marshall is Val Rogers, bank president and town monarch, suitably surrounded by fawning lackeys such as Ed Stewart (Robert Duvall, uncharacteristically loathsome as a milquetoast cuckold aching for revenge). The spark for the climactic firestorm is the return of "Bubba" Reeves, who has escaped from prison after being sent away for joy-riding in a stolen airplane. Everyone assumes he is coming back to avenge himself on Rogers' son, who has been keeping company with Reeves' wife Anna (Jane Fonda). The film's weakest performance is, arguably, turned in by Robert Redford, who is much too pretty and soft-spoken to be convincing as the fugitive hellion, Bubba. Overall, however, The Chase features some memorable performances, including those of Brando, Duvall and Janice Rule as Duvall's slutty wife, Emily. In addition to the fearsome inevitability of its violence, The Chase is notable for the horrific realism of the beating inflicted on the sherrif by a couple of corporate good 'ol boys - almost certainly the most graphic beating Hollywood had ever dared to put on film, and possibly unrivalled to this day for its sheer ferocity. Critics may have made much of the film's flaws, but as a study of a dysfunctional society poised to explode, The Chase still stands up as a sobering and powerful movie experience.


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