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25 December 1969 (USA) See more »
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).
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Mark Rydell 
Writing credits
William Faulkner (novel)

Harriet Frank Jr.  writer
Irving Ravetch  writer

Produced by
Irving Ravetch .... producer
Robert E. Relyea .... executive producer
Rick Rosenberg .... associate producer
Original Music by
John Williams 
Cinematography by
Richard Moore 
Film Editing by
Thomas Stanford 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Production Design by
Charles Bailey 
Joel Schiller 
Set Decoration by
Phil Abramson 
Costume Design by
Joanne Haas 
Alan Levine 
Theadora Van Runkle 
Makeup Department
Pat Abbott .... hair stylist (as Patricia Abbott)
Emile LaVigne .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Jack N. Reddish .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tim Zinnemann .... assistant director (as Tim Zinneman)
Art Department
Frank Agnone .... props
Tom Fairbanks .... props (as Thomas Fairbanks)
Joseph Hurley .... visual consultant
Glenn Melts .... construction coordinator
Craig Binkley .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gene S. Cantamessa .... boom operator (as Gene Cantamessa)
John Oliver .... sound recordist
Clem Portman .... sound re-recording mixer
Jerry Rosenthal .... sound effects supervisor (as Gerald S. Rosenthal)
Jack Solomon .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
A. Paul Pollard .... special effects (as Aubrey Paul Pollard)
Visual Effects by
Marv Rubin .... optical effects
Bud S. Smith .... optical effects (as Bud Smith)
John Urie .... optical effects
Carol Daniels .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunt double: Steve McQueen (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Regina Parton .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew M. Costikyan .... additional photographer
Clifford Hutchison .... gaffer
Edmond L. Koons .... camera operator (as Ed Koons)
Charles J. Renaud .... key grip (as Charles Renaud)
Mel Traxel .... still photographer
David M. Walsh .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrea E. Weaver .... key costumer: women (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Neil Travis .... associate film editor
Music Department
Robert Takagi .... music editor (as Robert Y. Takagi)
Transportation Department
Stanley Hustis .... transportation
Other crew
Lelia Alexander .... researcher
Stanley Beck .... dialogue coach
Meta Rebner .... continuity
Marv Rubin .... titles
Bud S. Smith .... titles (as Bud Smith)
John Urie .... titles
Dick Webb .... ramrod (as Richard Webb)
Dick Webb .... ramrod
Marshall J. Wolins .... continuity (as Marshall Wolins)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief nudity, language and thematic elements (2004 re-rating)
112 min | Germany:107 min | USA:107 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | Netherlands:14 (1970) | Norway:16 (1970) | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2005) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) | USA:PG-13 (2004 re-rating) | USA:M (original rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Narrator:And so we were three, three reivers high-tailing it for Memphis. Oh, "reivers". That's an old-fashioned word from my childhood. In plain English, I'm afraid it meant "thieves".See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Steve McQueen: The King of Cool (1998) (TV)See more »


What is a "Reiver"?
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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
One of two good film versions of Faulkner, 6 March 2000
Author: Joseph Harder from warren michigan

Together with Clarence Browns version of Intruder In The Dust, this must count as one of the few good film versions of Faulkner. The Reivers was his last, his tenderest, his funniest, and his most accessible book, and this is a tender, funny, and accessible film. McQueen gives yet another excellent performance, as does the little used Rupert Crosse.The narration by Burgess Meredith is wonderful. In short, a very good "Southern"

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