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Hurry Sundown (1967)

Approved | | Drama | 9 February 1967 (USA)
Following the Second World War, a northern cannery combine negotiates for the purchase of a large tract of uncultivated Georgia farmland. The major portion of the land is owned by Julie Ann... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Purcell
Loring Smith ...
Thomas Elwell
Sheriff Coombs
Dolph Higginson
Rose Scott
Madeleine Sherwood ...
Eula Purcell
Donna Danton ...
Sukie Purcell
Frank Converse ...
Reverend Clem De Lavery
William Elder ...


Following the Second World War, a northern cannery combine negotiates for the purchase of a large tract of uncultivated Georgia farmland. The major portion of the land is owned by Julie Ann Warren and has already been optioned by her unscrupulous, draft dodging husband, Henry. Now the combine must also obtain two smaller plots - one owned by Henry's cousin Rad McDowell, a combat veteran with a wife and family; the other by Reeve Scott, a young black man whose mother had been Julie's childhood Mammy. But neither Rad nor Reeve is interested in selling and they form an unprecedented black and white partnership to improve their land. Although infuriated by the turn of events, Henry remains determined to push through the big land deal. And when Reeve's mother Rose dies, Henry tries to persuade his wife to charge Reeve with illegal ownership of his property, confident the the bigoted Judge Purcell will rule against a Negro. Written by alfiehitchie

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An explosive film. Its young stars are dynamite! See more »




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Release Date:

9 February 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Incerto Amanhã  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Footage from this film of a young Michael Caine was later used in the film Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). See more »


When Henry calls Higgins at the general store to stop the dynamiting of Rad and Reeve's land, the lighting in the store changes. When Higgins answers the phone, the store is dimly lit. When the camera cuts to Henry and then back to Higgins, the lighting is almost bright daylight. After the camera cuts to Henry and then a final time to Higgins, the lighting has dimmed again. See more »


Julie Ann Warren: It wasn't until I was ten years old that I realized that "damn" and "Yankee" were two separate words!
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Hurry Sundown
Music by Hugo Montenegro
Lyrics by Buddy Kaye
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Incredible cast in flaccid racial melodrama...
16 April 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Lousy Otto Preminger film from K. B. Gilden's bestseller (adapted by Thomas C. Ryan and, of all people, Horton Foote!) concerns a greedy white land-owner in Georgia planning to dupe his wife's black guardian and her sharecropper husband out of their real estate, setting off a race war. Everyone is here, from Faye Dunaway to Brady dad Robert Reed, but the script is such a mess--and Preminger is so ham-handed--that nobody survives "Sundown" without looking foolish. Jane Fonda flirts with husband Michael Caine using his saxophone (!) while Beah Richards pantomimes a heart attack as if this were a stage-play. Preminger goes out of his way to make the rich whites despicable and the black folk saintly and reasonable--so much so that the picture might have started its own race war in 1967 (probably the exact type of controversy the director wanted). It certainly gave work to many underemployed, sensational actors like Madeleine Sherwood, Diahann Carroll, Rex Ingram and Jim Backus, but results are laughable. *1/2 from ****

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