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Release Date:
9 February 1967 (USA) See more »
An explosive film. Its young stars are dynamite! See more »
Following the Second World War, a northern cannery combine negotiates for the purchase of a large tract of uncultivated Georgia farmland... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins See more »
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A mercifully forgotten flick. See more (24 total) »


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Michael Caine ... Henry Warren

Jane Fonda ... Julie Ann Warren

John Phillip Law ... Rad McDowell

Diahann Carroll ... Vivian Thurlow

Robert Hooks ... Reeve Scott

Faye Dunaway ... Lou McDowell

Burgess Meredith ... Judge Purcell
Loring Smith ... Thomas Elwell

George Kennedy ... Sheriff Coombs

Luke Askew ... Dolph Higginson

Beah Richards ... Rose Scott
Madeleine Sherwood ... Eula Purcell
Donna Danton ... Sukie Purcell

Frank Converse ... Reverend Clem De Lavery
William Elder ... Bishop
Steve Sanders ... Charles McDowell
Dawn Barcelona ... Ruby McDowell
David Sanders ... Wyatt McDowell
Michael Henry Roth ... Timmy McDowell
Gladys Newman ... Mrs. Coombs
Joan Parks ... Kissie
John Mark ... Colie Warren
Peter Goff ... Lipscomb

Rex Ingram ... Professor Thurlow
George Trussell ... Doctor for Rose
Doro Merande ... Ada Hemmings
Robert C. Bloodwell ... Ozzie Higginson
Charles Keel ... Kenny
Gene Rutherford ... Hunt Club Member

Bill Hart ... Hunt Club Member

Dean Smith ... Hunt Club Member
Kelly Ross ... Dottie
Ada Hall Covington ... Clara

Robert Reed ... Lars Finchley

Jim Backus ... Carter Sillens
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jerry Leggio ... Doctor (uncredited)
G. Palmer Pardington ... Priest at De Lavery's ordination (uncredited)
Rex Reed ... Farmer (uncredited)

Directed by
Otto Preminger 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Horton Foote 
Bert Gilden  novel (as K.B. Gilden)
Katya Gilden  novel (as K.B. Gilden)
Thomas C. Ryan 

Produced by
Otto Preminger .... producer
Original Music by
Hugo Montenegro 
Cinematography by
Loyal Griggs 
Milton R. Krasner  (as Milton Krasner)
Film Editing by
Tony de Zarraga 
Louis R. Loeffler 
James D. Wells 
Production Design by
Gene Callahan 
Set Decoration by
John Godfrey 
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup artist
Frederic Jones .... hairdresser
Web Overlander .... makeup artist
Production Management
Stephen F. Kesten .... production manager
Eva Monley .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John G. Avildsen .... assistant director (as John Avildsen)
Burtt Harris .... assistant director
Howard Joslin .... assistant director
Art Department
Eugene Acker .... painter
Gordon Gurnee .... assistant art director
Bud Pine .... constructor
Saul Bass .... poster designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Glenn E. Anderson .... sound (as Glenn Anderson)
Bert Hallberg .... sound (as Bertil Hallberg)
Harold Lewis .... sound
John F. Link .... sound effects editor (as John Link II)
Franklin Milton .... sound
Special Effects by
Willis Cook .... special effects
Bill Hart .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew Callaghan .... camera operator
Duke Callaghan .... camera operator
Joseph Edesa .... chief electrician (as Joe Edesa)
Homer Plannette .... chief electrician
Morris Rosen .... key grip
Casting Department
Bill Barnes .... story and casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hope Bryce .... costume coordinator
Phyllis Garr .... wardrobe
Alan Levine .... wardrobe
Theodore R. Parvin .... wardrobe (as Ted Parvin)
Editorial Department
Connie Roese .... negative cutter
Music Department
Richard Berres .... music editor
Ronnie Lang .... musician: alto sax for 'Michael Caine' (qv )
Robert B. Shepard .... playback singer (uncredited)
Other crew
Sam Bernstein .... production accountant
John Dunaway .... production secretary
Nat Rudich .... executive assistant to producer
John Schaeffer .... architectural supervisor
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Max Slater .... dialogue coach
David Weisman .... title designer (uncredited)

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146 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A | USA:Approved (Suggested for Mature Audiences) | West Germany:16 (f)

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The first movie, with black actors, to be shot on location in the South. The cast and crew had to be protected by armed State Troopers. They received death threats from the Ku Klux Klan, and their car tires were slashed.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[The bigoted Judge Purcell rebukes a white lawyer for his help to the black defendant]
Judge Purcell:Don't you rattle your skeleton in my court! Your being here at all constitutes a treachery to the entire white community that's too colossal to be believed!
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18 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
A mercifully forgotten flick., 27 March 2006
Author: theowinthrop from United States

In 1967, for some unknown reason, my father took me, my sister, and my mother to see this film. It was pretty bad. It was also the first time I saw a film starring Jane Fonda and Michael Caine, and the only time I saw a film directed by Otto Preminger, in a movie house. As such it has significance to me - but that is marred by it being such a ridiculous film.

The Civil Rights Movement was in full gear, and Preminger, always wanting to be on the cutting edge of movie making and current events, made this film about the "modern south". The heroes are the poor white trash (John Philip Law) and the poor African American sharecropper (Robert Hooks) who worked together to build up a bigot-less America. Their enemies are led by sneaky, greedy, land grabber Michael Caine, as well as George Kennedy, Burgess Meredith, and most of the other whites. The film ends with Caine discovering that his villainy kills one of the few human beings he loves.

There was plenty of saxophone playing (supposedly by Caine) who does that to get into the mood to have sexual encounters. And there was little else that was memorable.

One thing I did recall was a confrontation in Burgess Meredith's courtroom, where he is hoping to disengage Hooks deed to the valuable land by typical southern skulduggery. But Hooks is defended by a Yankee lawyer (Jim Backus, in possibly the best performance in the film - and a short one), who produces the original documents that show that Hooks owns the farmland. Meredith tries to question "this chicken scrawl" signature at the end of the paper. Backus points out it is the signature of Meredith's grandfather, also a judge. That was the best moment of the film - you can imagine what the film is really like.

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