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




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie 'Bubber' Reeves
Val Rogers
Ruby Calder
Emily Stewart
Mrs. Reeves
Mary Fuller
Damon Fuller
Edwin Stewart
Jason 'Jake' Rogers
Elizabeth Rogers
Mrs. Briggs
Katherine Walsh ...
Verna Dee


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 <>

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"The Chase" Is On! From Sam Spiegel, the man who excited the screen with "Bridge on the River Kwai" and "Lawrence of Arabia"! See more »


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Release Date:

10 August 1966 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

La jauría humana  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Producer Sam Spiegel was quite fond of Marlon Brando, who had won his first Best Actor Oscar in the Spiegel-produced Best Picture winner On the Waterfront (1954), according to his biographer Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni. When casting Brando in this film, Spiegel was worried that Marlon, a motorcycle enthusiast, would wind up killing himself like James Dean had, in an accident. (Brando had badly lacerated his knee while biking before filming began.) Spiegel constantly queried _The Chase (1966)_ director Arthur Penn as to whether Brando had brought his motorcycle with him to the filming. When Brando got wind of this, he had his motorcycle brought over to the set to play a joke on Spiegel, who quickly arrived at the shooting to see that Brando didn't drive it. When Spiegel found out it was all a joke, the normally taciturn producer laughed heartily. See more »


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 »


Charlie 'Bubber' Reeves: Lester, I'm in trouble.
Lester Johnson: When you ain't been?
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better than I expected
15 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

The lukewarm reviews and comments led me to expect less than what I found in this decent movie of small-town corruption. Most of it is probably due to a pretty good cast - Brando is excellent, and Duvall, Dickinson, and E.G.Marshall put in good work. Redford's part is too small to do much with. I too was astounded at James Fox's pretty darn good Southern accent; it was so good that at first I couldn't place him, and then all those British roles came back to me in surprise. The script is ok too, and one would like to know more about the backstage fighting that went on over it between Hellman & company. The Panavision color is excellent; far better than what we have today. The portrayal of small-town bigotry, duplicity, jealousy, betrayal, and infidelity is well-done, and the spectacular junkyard Gotterdamerung is a chilling finale. The flick is definitely worth seeing.

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