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Release Date:
25 December 1969 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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).
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
a treasure See more (32 total) »

Cast

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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 .... 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
 
Stunts
Carol Daniels .... stunts (uncredited)
Donna Hall .... 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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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief nudity, language and thematic elements (2004 re-rating)
Runtime:
112 min | Germany:107 min | USA:107 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:A (original rating) | Australia:PG (re-rating) (1984) | 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?

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:
Revealing mistakes: When Boon, Ned and Lucius begin their trip to Memphis in the Winton the beginning of the scene is filmed in a traveling shot. As the journey proceeds we hear noticeably on the soundtrack the camera truck's motor in addition to the Winton's.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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19 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
a treasure, 19 July 1999

I have not read the Faulkner story on which this is based, so I can't comment on how much of this delightful film can be credited to him (doubtless Burgess Meredith's voiceovers are Faulkner's words), but this wonderful movie about the pain of growing up is laced with plenty of adventure and fun and deserves to become a classic. The John Williams score is superb. The acting is wonderful from all the leads, including the boy. This is one of the underrated Steve McQueen's best roles, and Will Geer is perfect in the small but rich part of Boss. The characters are all wonderfully and richly fleshed out, and there are many moments of human insight. To top it off, the cinematography makes the movie simply gorgeous to look at.

Considering the movie's manifold virtues it's interesting to note that one never sees it on any of the cable channels. The reason is obvious, and it's political correctness. The movie uses the "n" word multiple times, although always in the same way Mark Twain used it, i.e. to demonstrate the inhumanity behind the use of the word. Also Corrie has her eye blackened by Boone, and Ned explains to Lucius "what better sign can a woman want from a man that he has her on his mind." All this racism and sexual violence is of course abhorrent, but the forces of political correctness would rather pretend that it never existed than to look it square in the eye.

So to see this movie you'll have to buy it on DVD, which I strongly urge you to do.

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