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Hurry Sundown (1967)

Approved | | Drama | 9 February 1967 (USA)
Following World War II, a northern cannery negotiates for the purchase of a large tract of uncultivated Georgia farmland. The major portion of the land 's owned by Julie Warren and has ... See full summary »

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writers:

Horton Foote, Bert Gilden (novel) (as K.B. Gilden) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Henry Warren
Jane Fonda ... Julie Ann Warren
John Phillip Law ... Rad McDowell
Diahann Carroll ... Vivian Thurlow
Robert Hooks ... Reeve Scott
Faye Dunaway ... Lou McDowell
Burgess Meredith ... Judge Purcell
Loring Smith Loring Smith ... Thomas Elwell
George Kennedy ... Sheriff Coombs
Luke Askew ... Dolph Higginson
Beah Richards ... Rose Scott
Madeleine Sherwood ... Eula Purcell
Donna Danton Donna Danton ... Sukie Purcell
Frank Converse ... Rev. Clem De Lavery
William Elder William Elder ... Bishop
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Storyline

Following World War II, a northern cannery negotiates for the purchase of a large tract of uncultivated Georgia farmland. The major portion of the land 's owned by Julie Warren and has already been optioned by her unscrupulous, husband, Henry. Now the combine must also obtain 2 smaller plots; one owned by Henry's cousin Rad McDowell, the other by Reeve Scott, a young black man whose mother had been Julie's childhood nammy. But neither Rad nor Reeve's interested in selling, and they form a partnership to improve their land. Although infuriated by the events, Henry remains determined to push through the big land deal, Written by alfiehitchie

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An explosive film. Its young stars are dynamite! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Incerto Amanhã See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Otto Preminger Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Caine told in his biography that, aware of the difficulties to work with Otto Preminger because of his nasty temper with technicians and actors, he told him that he - Caine - was a shy man, very sensitive, and if anyone shouted at him, he would burst into tears for the rest of the day and would remain in his dressing room. Preminger never bothered Caine nor shouted at him in any kind. See more »

Goofs

When Henry calls Higgins at the general store to stop the dynamiting of Rad and Reeve's land, the lighting in the store changes. When Higgins answers the phone, the store is dimly lit. When the camera cuts to Henry and then back to Higgins, the lighting is almost bright daylight. After the camera cuts to Henry and then a final time to Higgins, the lighting has dimmed again. See more »

Quotes

[Rose is expecting Julie to pay her a visit]
Rose Scott: Lor' Almighty, there she is!
[A black friend enters with her grandfather]
Reeve Scott: Shucks. An' we thought it was white folks!
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Crazy Credits

The Paramount logo does not appear on this film. See more »

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Featured in Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (1991) See more »

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Ain't That A Good Thing
Music by Hugo Montenegro
Lyrics by Buddy Kaye
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Otto Preminger Classic
8 October 2017 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

It's difficult to concisely describe the plot of Hurry Sundown; it's a film about the racial divide, family squabbles, class distinction, and corporate takeover of land. Among the subplots are marital difficulties, Southern life, parenthood, a developmentally challenged child, questionable honor of the legal system, and coming-of-age dilemmas.

Michael Caine is married to Jane Fonda, and while they're a well-to-do Southern couple on the outside, beneath the surface lies infidelity and parenting issues. Michael's poor cousin, John Phillip Law, is married to Faye Dunaway, and he also has trouble with his children. Robert Hooks and his mother Beah Richards live on land that used to belong to Jane's family, back when they owned slaves. As a gift, they gave the land to Beah, but when Michael Caine's company wants to build on it, racial tensions lead to unforeseen consequences that affect all three families.

Even though I have a soft spot in my heart for Michael Caine and refuse to ever really see him as a bad guy, he's known for his meaner roles. In Hurry Sundown, he's just about as mean as it gets. He gives a fantastically chilling performance, and his Southern accent is nearly flawless. Faye Dunaway also stands out in her smaller role, since it's unlike the cold, calculating, classy roles she usually takes. Be on the lookout for Diahann Carroll, Burgess Meredith, and George Kennedy as the adorable but incompetent sheriff.

This is a very well-acted film that fits in with other hot-blooded films of its time, like In the Heat of the Night and The Long, Hot Summer. It's one of the steamiest films made in the 1960s, and it sheds light on a number of important issues. Director Otto Preminger, king of films that push the envelope, creates another masterpiece that makes you feel like you need a good scrubbing after watching it.

Kiddy Warning: Obviously, you have control over your own children. However, due to racial language, sexual situations, and violence involving children, I wouldn't let my kids watch it.


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