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The Chase (1966)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 18 February 1966 (USA)
The escape of Bubber Reeves from prison affects the inhabitants of a small Southern town.

Director:

Arthur Penn

Writers:

Horton Foote (based on the novel and play "The Chase"), Lillian Hellman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlon Brando ... Calder
Jane Fonda ... Anna
Robert Redford ... Bubber
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 Rogers (Jake)
Diana Hyland ... Elizabeth Rogers
Henry Hull ... Briggs
Jocelyn Brando ... Mrs. Briggs
Katherine Walsh ... Verna Dee
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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 <bux572@aol.com>

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Trivia

Marlon Brando & Robert Duvall would play alongside each other again in a small film called "The Godfather (1972)" which earned Brando an Oscar. See more »

Goofs

Every locomotive seen in railroad scenes is diesel powered, but all sounds are from steam locomotive whistles. Diesels use horns, not whistles. See more »

Quotes

Jason 'Jake' Rogers: When my father smells oil, nature repents! And there'll be oil; when it flows - and flow it will - my father will be right here with a bonus for everybody! It'll be Saturday night in a few hours, and I've only one more duty - to see our Mexican workers and wish them a safe journey 'home'. You all have a happy weekend and wish me one; we've labored hard and we deserve the happiness that all Americans know to be their birthright!
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One Day Soon
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A dated but still powerful film
17 January 1999 | by scribe_12248See all my reviews

Much sexual water has gone under the bridge since the 1960s, and more than a few installments of "The Playboy Philosophy." So now, at the millennium's turning, a tale in which the prejudices, cynicism and sexual infidelities of a small southern town's dissolute ruling class figure prominently seems dated, even quaint. Yet such is the terrifyingly plausible spiral into anarchy depicted in 1966's The Chase that Arthur Penn's controversial film remains a disturbing piece of cinema. A thinner (but still imposing) Marlon Brando plays Sherrif Calder, a lone, laconic voice of reason in a town rapidly going insane on a hot summer's night. E.G. Marshall is Val Rogers, bank president and town monarch, suitably surrounded by fawning lackeys such as Ed Stewart (Robert Duvall, uncharacteristically loathsome as a milquetoast cuckold aching for revenge). The spark for the climactic firestorm is the return of "Bubba" Reeves, who has escaped from prison after being sent away for joy-riding in a stolen airplane. Everyone assumes he is coming back to avenge himself on Rogers' son, who has been keeping company with Reeves' wife Anna (Jane Fonda). The film's weakest performance is, arguably, turned in by Robert Redford, who is much too pretty and soft-spoken to be convincing as the fugitive hellion, Bubba. Overall, however, The Chase features some memorable performances, including those of Brando, Duvall and Janice Rule as Duvall's slutty wife, Emily. In addition to the fearsome inevitability of its violence, The Chase is notable for the horrific realism of the beating inflicted on the sherrif by a couple of corporate good 'ol boys - almost certainly the most graphic beating Hollywood had ever dared to put on film, and possibly unrivalled to this day for its sheer ferocity. Critics may have made much of the film's flaws, but as a study of a dysfunctional society poised to explode, The Chase still stands up as a sobering and powerful movie experience.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 February 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sam Spiegel's Production The Chase See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,000,000
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Horizon Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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