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The Reivers (1969)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  25 December 1969 (USA)
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In turn-of-the-century Mississippi, an 11-year-old boy comes of age as two mischievous adult friends talk him into sneaking the family car out for a trip to Memphis and a series of adventures.

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An old man looks back 60 years to a road trip from rural Mississippi to Memphis, a horse race, and his own coming of age. Lucius's grandfather gets the first automobile in the area, a bright yellow Winton Flyer. While he's away, the plantation handyman, Boon Hogganbeck, conspires to borrow the car, taking Lucius with him. Stowed away is Ned, a mulatto and Lucius's putative cousin. The three head for Memphis, where Boon's sweetheart works in a whorehouse, where Ned trades the car for a racehorse, and where Lucius discovers the world of adults - from racism and vice to possibilities for honor and courage. Is there redemption for reivers, rascals, and rapscallions? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Boon is a reiver (that's a cheat, a liar, a brawler and womaniser) and he had just four days to teach young Lucius the facts of life (like cheating, lying, brawling and womanizing).

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief nudity, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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25 December 1969 (USA)  »

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Boon il saccheggiatore  »

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(RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Will Geer and Juano Hernandez also co-starred in Intruder in the Dust (1949), which was also based on a novel by William Faulkner. See more »

Goofs

On the packaging for the 1993 VHS release of the movie, the music credit is given to Lalo Schifrin. John Williams wrote the score for the film and received an Oscar nomination for his efforts. See more »

Quotes

[Boon giving directions to Ned on how to use the Winton Flyer]
Ned: Boon, when do you think I can have it?
Boon Hoggenbeck: String bean you so much to lay a hand on this automobile, I'll jump down your throat, and tap dance on your lungs!
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and introducing Mitch Vogel as Lucius See more »

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User Reviews

A beautiful movie . . .
18 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film when I was about the same age as the main character, the boy, played by Mitch Vogel. It left a strong impression on me. The cinematography, the magnificent score by John Williams, flawless acting, and, of course, Faulkner's story, create an atmosphere that few movies achieve. In terms of acting, McQueen is probably the weakest link, but he still deserves points for successfully suppressing his characteristic squint and open-mouthed grimace -- and he is as close to lovable as he can be. The movie also has more than it's share of memorable scenes, especially between Will Geer as the grandfather and Vogel.

I would be wary of letting young children see this film. The story conveys the undercurrents of racism and sexism that existed then (and now). I was 12 when I saw it and I understood it. As a parent, be ready to explain some things, though, and preview the film.


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