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The Reivers (1969)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 25 December 1969 (USA)
In turn-of-the-century Mississippi, an 11-year-old boy comes of age as two mischievous adult friends talk him into sneaking the family car out for a trip to Memphis and a series of adventures.

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Mark Rydell
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve McQueen ... Boon Hogganbeck
Sharon Farrell ... Corrie
Ruth White ... Miss Reba
Michael Constantine ... Mr. Binford
Clifton James ... Butch Lovemaiden
Juano Hernandez ... Uncle Possum
Lonny Chapman ... Maury McCaslin
Will Geer ... Boss
Rupert Crosse Rupert Crosse ... Ned McCaslin
Mitch Vogel ... Lucius McCaslin
Diane Shalet Diane Shalet ... Hannah
Pat Randall Pat Randall ... May Ellen
Diane Ladd ... Phoebe
Ellen Geer ... Sally
Dub Taylor ... Dr. B.F. Peabody
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Storyline

An old man looks back 60 years to a road trip from rural Mississippi to Memphis, a horse race, and his own coming of age. Lucius's grandfather gets the first automobile in the area, a bright yellow Winton Flyer. While he's away, the plantation handyman, Boon Hogganbeck, conspires to borrow the car, taking Lucius with him. Stowed away is Ned, a mulatto and Lucius's putative cousin. The three head for Memphis, where Boon's sweetheart works in a whorehouse, where Ned trades the car for a racehorse, and where Lucius discovers the world of adults - from racism and vice to possibilities for honor and courage. Is there redemption for reivers, rascals, and rapscallions? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Boon is a reiver (that's a cheat, a liar, a brawler and womaniser) and he had just four days to teach young Lucius the facts of life (like cheating, lying, brawling and womanizing).

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief nudity, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

William Faulkner's The Reivers See more »

Filming Locations:

Carrolton, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ellen Geer, who played Sally, appeared in Supernatural: Red Sky at Morning (2007). In the series Supernatural (2005) the character of Dean Winchester is a fan of Steve McQueen, referencing the actor by name in numerous other episodes. See more »

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When Boon is teaching Lucius to drive, Lucius's hat disappears and reappears although clearly it did not fall off and he never took his hands off the wheel to replace it. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: And so we were three, three reivers high-tailing it for Memphis. Oh, "reivers". That's an old-fashioned word from my childhood. In plain English, I'm afraid it meant "thieves".
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and introducing Mitch Vogel as Lucius See more »

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Risky Mississippi Business
30 March 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

"Oh, Reivers…that's an old-fashioned word from my childhood," explains narrator Burgess Meredith, "In plain English, I'm afraid it meant… thieves!"

The narrator is fondly recalling an adventure he had as an 11-year-old boy, "coming of age" in Mississippi. Young Mitch Vogel (as Lucius Priest) is the lad; he accompanies father-figure/handyman Steve McQueen (as Boon Hogganbeck), who steals the family's first automobile - a brand new, yellow-colored 1905 Winton Flyer. Rupert Crosse (as Ned McCaslin) makes "The Reivers" a trio by stowing away in the car's trunk. Their main destination is a bordello, where Mr. McQueen wants to hook up with prostitute girlfriend Sharon Farrell (as Corrie). Meanwhile, Mr. Crosse swaps the trio's prized vehicle for a slow horse named "Lightning"…

Mark Rydell's direction of William Faulkner's final novel is a qualified success. The principal cast members work very well together, with Vogel and Crosse exhibiting as much star presence as the more famous McQueen. The supporting cast is great; the participation of Will Geer, Burgess Meredith, and Juano Hernandez add to the film's old-world charm. Richard Moore's Mississippi photography is beautiful.

Although it doesn't ever go quite far enough, "The Reivers" main strength is in its depiction of real, flawed characters. Faulkner's portrayal of race and gender, as much as they show, are noteworthy. The most touching moments occur when young Vogel learns that women are not viewed the same way, after adolescence. His obvious difficulty accepting the degradation of women (through prostitution and beating) portends a different future for the younger generation.

******* The Reivers (12/25/69) Mark Rydell ~ Steve McQueen, Mitch Vogel, Rupert Crosse, Sharon Farrell


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