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Klansman (1974)

A local Sheriff tries to keep the peace as racial strife hits his small Alabama town as tensions boil over when a black man is accused of raping a white woman.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sheriff Track Bascomb
... Breck Stancill
... Butt Cutt Cates
... Garth
... Loretta Sykes
... Mayor Hardy Riddle
... Trixie
... Nancy Poteet
Ed Call ... Shaneyfelt
John Alderson ... Vernon Hodo
John Pearce ... Taggart
... Flagg
Vic Perrin ... Hector
Spence Wil-Dee ... Willy Washington
... Alan Bascomb
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A small southern town has just been rocked by a tragedy: a young woman has been violently raped. The white town fathers immediately declare that the attacker had to be black, and place the blame on Garth, a young black man. Assuming that the men in white sheets aren't intent on holding a fair and impartial trial, Garth takes to the woods as the Klansmen lynching party hunts him down. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Welcome to scenic Atoka County. Pop 10,000. Cross burnings. Rape. Murder. Arson. Its a great place to live...... if THEY let you.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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25 October 1974 (West Germany)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Samuel Fuller submitted a screenplay that was almost completely different from what was filmed. Among other things, the Lee Marvin character was not a sheriff, but a KKK leader whose racist viewpoint is completely changed around. However, Paramount got nervous about the provocative nature of the screenplay and ordered it rewritten, infuriating Fuller (who left the project because of this) and Marvin (who wanted out but had already signed a contract.) See more »

Goofs

A squib can be seen under the outfit worn by the Klansman killed at Johnson's funeral. See more »

Quotes

Loretta Sykes: What do you want with all your killing?
Garth: Same damn thing you want with all your marching. Only history proves my way works.
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Featured in Rich Hall's the Dirty South (2010) See more »

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The Good Christian People
Written by Mack Rice and Bettye Crutcher
Sung by The Staple Singers
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Despite the obvious ..........................
22 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

Despite the obvious political incorrectness, the movie bombs in many other ways. Parts of the script appear to have been written at various times, with absolutely no sense of scenes relating to each other. While Lee Marvin has played the gruff sheriff role enough times to walk through his lines, Richard Burton stumbles and bumbles between Southern and British accents throughout. O.J. Simpson hides in trees and snipes at anything in a white robe and hood. Linda Evans, Lola Falana, and Cameron Mitchell, round out the embarrassed looking cast. What you are left with are racial stereotypes on parade, in a truly forgettable film. - MERK


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