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Hurry Sundown (1967)

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

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writers:

Horton Foote, Bert Gilden (novel) (as K.B. Gilden) | 2 more credits »
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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 combine negotiates for the purchase of a large tract of uncultivated Georgia farmland. The major portion of the land is owned by Julie Ann Warren and has already been optioned by her unscrupulous, draft dodging husband, Henry. Now the combine must also obtain two smaller plots, one owned by Henry's cousin Rad McDowell, a combat veteran with a wife and family. The other by Reeve Scott, a young black man whose mother had been Julie's childhood Mammy. But neither Rad nor Reeve is interested in selling, and they form an unprecedented black and white partnership to improve their land. Although infuriated by the turn of events, Henry remains determined to push through the big land deal, and when Reeve's mother Rose dies, Henry tries to persuade his wife to charge Reeve with illegal ownership of his property, confident the bigoted Judge Purcell will rule against a Negro. 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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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,000,000, 31 December 1967
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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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The National Catholic Office of Motion Pictures gave the movie a "C" (condemned) rating. Their review said "Superficial and patronizing in its treatment of racial attitudes and tensions, this melodramatic depiction of life in a small Southern town during the 1940s, is also prurient and demeaning in its approach to sex." See more »

Goofs

In one scene, as the camera pans down the street, a later model Ford is in a carport. 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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Connections

Featured in Film Review: Film Review (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't That A Good Thing
Music by Hugo Montenegro
Lyrics by Buddy Kaye
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Incredible cast in flaccid racial melodrama...
16 April 2007 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Lousy Otto Preminger film from K. B. Gilden's bestseller (adapted by Thomas C. Ryan and, of all people, Horton Foote!) concerns a greedy white land-owner in Georgia planning to dupe his wife's black guardian and her sharecropper husband out of their real estate, setting off a race war. Everyone is here, from Faye Dunaway to Brady dad Robert Reed, but the script is such a mess--and Preminger is so ham-handed--that nobody survives "Sundown" without looking foolish. Jane Fonda flirts with husband Michael Caine using his saxophone (!) while Beah Richards pantomimes a heart attack as if this were a stage-play. Preminger goes out of his way to make the rich whites despicable and the black folk saintly and reasonable--so much so that the picture might have started its own race war in 1967 (probably the exact type of controversy the director wanted). It certainly gave work to many underemployed, sensational actors like Madeleine Sherwood, Diahann Carroll, Rex Ingram and Jim Backus, but results are laughable. *1/2 from ****


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