The escape of Bubber Reeves from prison affects the inhabitants of a small Southern town.


Arthur Penn


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlon Brando ... Sheriff Calder
Jane Fonda ... Anna Reeves
Robert Redford ... Bubber Reeves
E.G. Marshall ... Val Rogers
Angie Dickinson ... Ruby Calder
Janice Rule ... Emily Stewart
Miriam Hopkins ... Mrs. Reeves
Martha Hyer ... Mary Fuller
Richard Bradford ... Damon Fuller
Robert Duvall ... Edwin Stewart
James Fox ... Jason (Jake) Rogers
Diana Hyland ... Elizabeth Rogers
Henry Hull ... Mr. Briggs
Jocelyn Brando ... Mrs. Briggs
Katherine Walsh ... Verna Dee


Most everyone in town thinks that Sheriff Calder is merely a puppet of rich oil-man Val Rogers. When it is learned that local baddie Bubber Reeves has escaped prison, Rogers' son is concerned because he is having an affair with Reeves' wife. It seems many others in town feel they may have reasons to fear Reeves. Calder's aim is to bring Reeves in alive, unharmed. Calder will have to oppose the powerful Rogers on one hand and mob violence on the other, in his quest for justice. Written by Buxx Banner <>

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Marlon Brando would later cite the scene where he gets beaten up as an example of Method acting. See more »


The last time Bubber Reeves (Robert Redford) could have shaved would have been in prison, and perhaps a day or more before his escape. Yet, throughout the morning, day and night of his escape from prison, through to his arrest, he remains perfectly clean-shaven. See more »


Damon: Well now, Sheriff, it's nice to know that you're out here on patrol.
Sheriff Calder: No, no, I'm not on patrol. Just lookin' for an ice cream cone, that's all.
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Brando is terrific in this forgotten Arthur Penn movie.
22 June 2004 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

I was interested to watch 'The Chase' for three reasons. First Brando. Brando is regarded by most movie fans as one of the greatest actors of all time, but people usually only mention a handful of his films - 'A Street Car Named Desire', 'On The Waterfront', 'The Godfather', 'Last Tango In Paris' and 'Apocalypse Now'. Without a doubt they are all fine movies but what about his equally worthy performances in his lesser known films (e.g. 'One-Eyed Jacks', and 'Burn!')? Secondly, Arthur Penn. An extremely underrated director in my opinion, especially for his almost forgotten 'Mickey One' and 'Night Moves'. Thirdly, the first rate supporting cast which includes Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, E.G. Marshall, James Fox, Jane Fonda, Angie Dickinson and Clifton James. Apparently there were lots of behind the scenes problems with this movie, but despite a few flaws it's definitely worth watching. The sexual and racial themes were pretty daring for the mid-60s, and while I can see what some people are saying about its "soap" feel, it's quite compelling. Brando plays a small town farmer turned sheriff who is despised by many of his contemporaries because they think he is the puppet of the local millionaire Val Rogers (Marshall). Rogers' son Jake (Fox) is having an affair with a local woman (Fonda) who is married to a convict Bubba Reeves (Redford). Bubba escapes from prison and an innocent bystander is killed by his fellow escapee. Bubba initially plans on heading to Mexico, but he desperately returns to his home town for help, not realizing that he is being hunted as a murderer. News of his escape causes tensions to explode in the town, with catastrophic results for everyone. Brando is terrific throughout, and reason enough to watch this, but Fonda is surprisingly good, Robert Duvall is memorable as a cuckold, and character actor Clifton James ('Cool Hand Luke', 'Live And Let Die', 'The Last Detail') almost steals the movie as a hot headed drunken redneck. 'The Chase' may not be as great as it could have been, but I still think it deserves more attention than it gets. Brando fans shouldn't overlook this one!

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18 February 1966 (USA) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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