MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 248,029 this week

The Burning (1968)

 |  Short, Drama  |  July 1968 (UK)
6.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 61 users  
Reviews: 1 user | 1 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

Writers:

, (short story)
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 100 titles
created 21 Oct 2011
 
a list of 1491 titles
created 23 Oct 2012
 
a list of 1096 titles
created 13 Feb 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "The Burning" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Burning (1968)

The Burning (1968) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Burning.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Van (1996)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The third installment of Irish author Roddy Doyle's 'Barrytown Trilogy', following 'The Commitments' and 'The Snapper', depicts the hilarious yet poignant adventures of Bimbo. Upon being ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Colm Meaney, Donal O'Kelly, Ger Ryan
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An intimate story of the enduring bond of friendship between two hard-living men, set against a sweeping backdrop: the American West, post-World War II, in its twilight. Pete and Big Boy ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Billy Crudup, Woody Harrelson, Patricia Arquette
Liam (2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A family falls into poverty during the Depression.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Anthony Borrows, Ian Hart, Claire Hackett
The Witches (1966)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Following a horrifying experience with the occult in Africa, a schoolteacher moves to a small English village, only to discover that black magic resides there as well.

Director: Cyril Frankel
Stars: Joan Fontaine, Kay Walsh, Alec McCowen
Fail Safe (TV Movie 2000)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Cold War tensions climb to a fever pitch when a U.S. bomber is accidentally ordered to drop a nuclear warhead on Moscow.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Walter Cronkite, Richard Dreyfuss, Noah Wyle
Chéri (2009)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The son of a courtesan retreats into a fantasy world after being forced to end his relationship with the older woman who educated him in the ways of love.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Kathy Bates
Hero I (1992)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A not-so-nice man rescues passengers from a crashed airliner, only to see someone else take credit.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis, Andy Garcia
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Ex-private dancer Beth aspires to be a Las Vegas cocktail waitress, when she falls in with Dink, a sports gambler. Sparks fly as she proves to be something of a gambling prodigy--much to the ire of Dink's wife, Tulip.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Vince Vaughn
A Day Out (TV Movie 1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A group of emotionally repressed men even manage to turn a Sunday cycle ride into a formal occasion.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: James Cossins, John Normington, Philip Locke
Three Men in a Boat (TV Movie 1975)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

One hot June day, three friends decide there is nothing they would like to do more than to get away from London. A boating holiday with lots of fresh air and exercise would be just the very... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Tim Curry, Michael Palin, Stephen Moore
One Fine Day (TV Movie 1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

George Phillips, a middle-aged Londoner, works as an estate agent for the firm of Frobisher, Rendell and Ross. His home life is soured by clashes with his wife over whether their teenage ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Robert Stephens, Benjamin Whitrow, Edward de Souza
Doris and Doreen (TV Movie 1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Patricia Routledge, Prunella Scales, Pete Postlethwaite
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gwen Ffrangcon Davies ...
Gran (as Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies)
Isobel Muller ...
Cook
Maxine Day ...
Nurse
Cosmo Pieterse ...
Chauffeur
Mark Baillie ...
Child
Walter Glennie
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

apartheid | See All (1) »

Genres:

Short | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

July 1968 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A mindent elsöprö tüz  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Frears' brilliant first effort
28 March 2010 | by (Lille, France) – See all my reviews

After working as an assistant director for Karel Reisz and Lindsay Anderson, Frears made his debut in 1967 with this short feature, a tale of racial tensions set in South Africa during the apartheid era.

Somewhere in South Africa, on a seemingly beautiful day, an old lady sets out with her grandson, her colored cook and chauffeur for her weekly visit to her sister's farm, in spite of the rumors that some sort of uprising has occurred. Signs of unrest are obvious as they make their way in the country, but the old lady ignores them and decides to go on with the journey. When they finally arrive, they discover a deserted house. A group of Black South African militants arrive a little while after. The chauffeur succeeds in diverting them so that the old lady, the little boy (who takes with him the keys of the car) and the cook can escape. Sadly enough, the chauffeur fails to escape as he can't use the car. He is eventually caught by the lynch mob and is burned in his car whilst the little boy looks on in horror. Meanwhile, the old lady picnics calmly with her cook on a hilltop, facing the sunset, as if nothing is going on.

Within 30 minutes, Stephen Frears says more about apartheid and oppression than any long lecture would do. Shot in a crisp black and white, Frears' film depicts a society where racial problems pervert all human relationships (see the opening scenes where the references to people's color are constant). The grandmother is an interesting character: haughty and snob, she obviously lives in her own world and does not seem to care about many things as long as she can stick to her routine. More likable (but not really an angel), the little boy (with whom we can easily identify) loses his innocence. Frears is subtle enough to avoid both melodrama and demonstration, using metaphor to describe a disintegrating civilization. "The Burning" is a clear indication of what Frears would become later: a director with a keen eye to social and racial tensions and a close attention to actors.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Burning (1968) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?