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Klansman -- An FBI Agent goes undercover in the Ku Klux Klan.
Klansman -- When a white woman is raped by an unidentified black man, her small Southern town erupts in a war between the black militants and the Ku Klux Klan.


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Release Date:
25 October 1974 (West Germany) See more »
Welcome to scenic Atoka County. Pop 10,000. Cross burnings. Rape. Murder. Arson. Its a great place to live...... if THEY let you.
A local Sheriff tries to keep the peace as racial strife hits his small Alabama town as tensions boil over when a black man is accused of raping a white woman. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lee Marvin ... Sheriff Track Bascomb

Richard Burton ... Breck Stancill

Cameron Mitchell ... Butt Cutt Cates

O.J. Simpson ... Garth
Lola Falana ... Loretta Sykes

David Huddleston ... Mayor Hardy Riddle

Luciana Paluzzi ... Trixie

Linda Evans ... Nancy Poteet
Ed Call ... Shaneyfelt
John Alderson ... Vernon Hodo
John Pearce ... Taggart

David Ladd ... Flagg
Vic Perrin ... Hector
Spence Wil-Dee ... Willy Washington

Wendell Wellman ... Alan Bascomb

Hoke Howell ... Bobby Poteet
Virgil Frye ... Johnson
Robert Porter ... Rev. Josh Franklin

Lee de Broux ... Rev. Alverson
Charlie Briggs ... A.P. Reporter (as Charles Briggs)
Morgan Upton ... N.Y. Times Reporter
Eve Christopher ... Mrs. Martha Shaneyfelt

Susan Brown ... Maybelle Bascomb
Gary L. Catus ... Charles Peck (as Gary Catus)
Jeannie Bell ... Mary Anne (as Jeanie Bell)
Jo Ann Cowell ... Annie

Scott Edmund Lane ... Jim Hodo (as Scott E. Lane)
Bert Williams ... Doctor
Larry Williams ... Lightning Rod
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Staple Singers ... Themselves
Gene Lehfeldt ... Klu Klux Klansman (uncredited)

Conrad E. Palmisano ... Klansman (uncredited)

Wade Riggs ... Hippie Protestor (uncredited)

Directed by
Terence Young 
Writing credits
William Bradford Huie (novel)

Millard Kaufman (screenplay) and
Samuel Fuller (screenplay)

Produced by
William Alexander .... producer
Alvin Bojar .... associate producer
Rosemary Christenson .... associate producer
Howard Effron .... executive producer
Joe Ingber .... associate producer
Jerry Levy .... associate producer
Michael Marcovsky .... associate producer
Peter A. Rodis .... associate producer
Bill Shiffrin .... executive producer
Daniel K. Sobol .... associate producer
Original Music by
Stu Gardner 
Dale O. Warren 
Cinematography by
Lloyd Ahern (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gene Milford 
Casting by
Hoyt Bowers 
Production Design by
Jack Poplin  (as John S. Poplin)
Set Decoration by
Ray Molyneaux  (as Raymond Molyneaux)
Makeup Department
Ron Berkeley .... makeup artist (as Ronald Berkeley)
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist
Robert Norin .... makeup artist
Jean Burt Reilly .... hair stylist
Production Management
Emmett Emerson .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gene Anderson Jr. .... second assistant director (as Gene Anderson)
Ridgeway Callow .... assistant director
Nico Hartos .... second unit director
Joe Nayfack .... second assistant director (as Joseph Nayfack)
John Longmuir .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Leamon Adams .... lead man
Ygnacio Sepulveda .... property master
Sound Department
Bert Hallberg .... sound mixer (as Bertil G. Hallberg)
James J. Klinger .... sound editor
Norman Lee Webster .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Thol Simonson .... special effects (as Thol O. Simonson)
Roger Creed .... stunt coordinator
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Christie .... still photographer (as Donald Christie)
Dick Johnson .... camera operator (as Richard Johnson)
Dominic Palmieri .... camera operator (as Dominick Palmer)
Karl Reed .... head grip
James Sherrill .... gaffer
Aldo Tonti .... supervising camera operator
Robert D. McBride .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Marilyn Nash .... location casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chad Harwood .... costumer: men
Agnes G. Henry .... costumer: women (as Agnes Henry)
Mickey Sherrard .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Robert A. Daniels .... assistant film editor
John Longmuir .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Forest Hamilton .... music supervisor
Lee Osborne .... music editor
Larry Shaw .... music supervisor
Dale O. Warren .... conductor
Dale O. Warren .... music arranger
Other crew
Wallace Beene .... publicist
Doris Grau .... script supervisor
Patricia Heade .... production secretary
Michael Ingber .... assistant to producer
Dale Olson .... publicist
Robert Sinclair .... production auditor (as Robert J. Sinclair)
Vincent Tubbs .... publicist
Bill Venegas .... location manager (as William Venegas)
Crew believed to be complete

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"The Klansman" - Australia (imdb display title), Canada (English title) (imdb display title), International (English title) (imdb display title), Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), New Zealand (English title) (imdb display title), South Africa (English title) (imdb display title), UK (imdb display title), USA (alternative title)
"The Klansman" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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112 min | West Germany:104 min (cut version) | UK:101 min | Japan:90 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-18 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (uncut version) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Norway:15 | Norway:18 (1975) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R | West Germany:18
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Shortly after filming had ended, Richard Burton was hospitalized at an American clinic to be treated for his alcoholism. He later claimed doctors told him he would have died within a matter of weeks if he had continued drinking so heavily.See more »
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Inferior production about racism with lots of violence, rape and unpleasant issues, 13 August 2009
Author: ma-cortes

Hard-edge social drama centers around racial conflicts and is one of the most strange cinematic forays in this theme. The film begins with a bill captioning : ¨Drive carefully you are in Wallace County¨. This is the tale of a sheriff (Lee Marvin) in an US Southern town and a rich owner (Richard Burton) who protects the black men. Marvin receives a huge amount of hostility from the non-tolerant white establishment making his job very hard and every around has to decide the values really lie. The Ku Klux Klan (comes from Greek, Ku Klus that means band or circle and Klan that means family) pursues and mistreats the black people and the sheriff attempting to keep peace on racial tensions. When a young woman has been violently raped (Linda Evans), the white men immediately declare the culpability an African-American named Garth (O.J.Simson). He flees to the backwoods and wishes revenge. Meanwhile the Klansmen form some lynching party hunts and pursue him. The young on the run because the violent group seek to destroy him. But the racist posse kidnaps a beautiful African-American (Lola Falana) and rape her.

This is a horrifying story of racial violence and xenophobia with countless shots of violation , burning crosses and frequent bad taste. Unfortunately, this is another example of a serious movie about xenophobia and racism in which white roles predominate and African-American characters provide background. Terence Young treads a brutal, gory path in this low-powered look at warped , evil white inhabitants of an American town , and the comparatively clean role played by Richard Burton. Big-name cast is wasted as Cameron Mitchell,Linda Evans, Luciana Paluzzi, David Huddleston as the Mayor, they only partially shine. Rumors circulated about Lee Marvin and Richard Burton , both of whom utterly drunk during the shooting. Even the all star cast can't save this movie because is a nightime Soaper and an exploitation story. Lousy cinematography by Lloyd Ahern and Aldo Tonti, as is necessary an urgent remastering. Furthermore notorious conflicts among producers, director, screenwriters (Sam Fuller, Millard Kauffman) and actors made a real flop. Mid-budget production, and the producers would like to thank the citizens of Oroville for their enthusiastic help and cooperation in the making of the film. The picture belongs a period in which made stories is similar style concerning on racial problems , such as ¨Hurry Sundown¨(1967, by Otto Preminger with Michael Caine, John Philip Law, Jane Fonda), ¨The liberation of L.B. Jones¨(70, by William Wyler with Lee J Cobb, Roscoe Lee Browne and again Lola Falana), ¨Tick, Tick¨ (70 by Ralph Nelson with George Kennedy, Jim Brown), and the Oscarized ¨In the heat of the night¨(by Norman Jewison with Sidney Poitier). And in the 8os stands out ¨Missisipi Burning¨ (by Alan Parker with Willem Defoe and Gene Hackman). Rating : 4,5, below average.

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