Abe Snopes (Tommy Lee Jones) is a Southern tenant farmer whose unrelenting and violent nature proves to be his undoing in William Faulkner's Barn Burning.

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Diane Kagan ...
Mother
Shawn Whittington ...
Sarty Snopes
Carolyn Coates ...
Aunt
Michael Riney ...
Brother
Jennie Hughes ...
Lena Snopes
Julie Kaye Fanton ...
Donna Mae Snopes (as Julie Kaye Towery)
Al Scott ...
Judge
Tom Royals ...
Harris
Jimmy Faulkner ...
Jean Pettigrew ...
Thomas Hal Phillips ...
Justice
James Franks ...
Blacksmith
Simpson Hemphill ...
Stranger
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Abe Snopes (Tommy Lee Jones) is a Southern tenant farmer whose unrelenting and violent nature proves to be his undoing in William Faulkner's Barn Burning.

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17 March 1980 (USA)  »

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The American Short Story Collection: Barn Burning  »

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Tommy Lee shines like the real thing in this fool's gold.
17 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love William Faulkner and "Barn Burning" holds a special place in my heart. But, even a Horton Foote adaption can't save this film or even the fact that Tommy Lee Jones is a study in restrained rage, a sociopath, as always, a joy to watch. But, he is surrounded by actors who seem to have been chosen by lottery from a pool of folks who've never acted before. Their halting and unnatural speech, spouting the most outrageous accents is only surpassed by the dirgelike cadence. Sometimes I felt like someone off screen was poking the cast with long sticks to remind them its their turn to speak. Add to that the ridiculous (and again badly paced) reactions. The film moves like molasses ... not a good thing. I was a monumentally disappointed.


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