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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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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Did You Know?


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 »


When Bubber is climbing along the roof of the train, it is coming towards the viewer. He then swings down into an open door of a freight car on the right hand side of the screen. The next shots show Bubber with the open door in the background on the right hand of the screen but now the train is going away from the viewer. There is now a road running beside the train and there are orchards of trees that were not there before. See more »


Val Rogers: Bubber, let Jake walk forward. And if he's all right, I'll give you my car and see that you get out of here without anyone bothering you.
Charlie 'Bubber' Reeves: He can do that?
Jason 'Jake' Rogers: Yeah. He can do that.
Charlie 'Bubber' Reeves: Huh! What a world.
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References Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) See more »

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Highly underrated picture.
22 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

"The Chase" is a powerful and underrated drama. It has most of the ingredients that are required for a solid dramatic picture: exceptional acting (particularly by Brando), careful directing, well-drawn characters and good production values. The first half meanders a little, but in the second half the tension mounts and the film becomes constantly more and more involving and moving. So why does it have such a low reputation? Maybe because of all those reported production problems. But who cares? They're certainly not evident in the film! Recommended for mature viewers.

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