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The 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.

Director:

Terence Young

Writers:

William Bradford Huie (novel), Millard Kaufman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Marvin ... Sheriff Track Bascomb
Richard Burton ... Breck Stancill
Cameron Mitchell ... Butt Cutt Cates
O.J. Simpson ... Garth
Lola Falana ... Loretta Sykes
David Huddleston ... Mayor Hardy Riddle
Luciana Paluzzi ... Trixie
Linda Evans ... Nancy Poteet
Ed Call Ed Call ... Shaneyfelt
John Alderson John Alderson ... Vernon Hodo
John Pearce John Pearce ... Taggart
David Ladd ... Flagg
Vic Perrin Vic Perrin ... Hector
Spence Wil-Dee Spence Wil-Dee ... Willy Washington
Wendell Wellman ... Alan Bascomb
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Storyline

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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Trivia

Lee Marvin was not satisfied by the movie and called it The Clownsman instead of The Klansman. 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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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to edit the rape and castration scenes. All 15-rated UK DVD releases feature the heavily edited US TV version which completely removes these sequences as well as extensively cutting bad language and most of the violence. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock of Ages
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady and music by Thomas Hastings
Sung at Taggart's wake
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brutal drama about racism in the american south
23 February 2002 | by BellhardtsonSee all my reviews

seems to be very realistic, in fact sometimes it's hard to watch the movie, because it's full of violence (opens up with a huge group of men raping a woman, then another rape and a castration of a black boy) nevertheless, i think the director wanted to use the brutality to draw realistic picture of racism. a trash-movie anyway


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1974 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Klansman See more »

Filming Locations:

Oroville, California, USA

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Atlanta Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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