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The Sound and the Fury (2014)

TV-MA | | Drama | 23 October 2015 (USA)
A look at the trials and tribulations of the Compson family, living in the deep south during the early part of the 20th century.


James Franco


William Faulkner (novel), Matt Rager (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Benjy Compson
Tim Blake Nelson ... Father
Scott Haze ... Jason Compson IV
Loretta Devine ... Dilsey
Ahna O'Reilly ... Caddy Compson
Joey King ... Miss Quentin
Jacob Loeb ... Quentin Compson
Janet Jones ... Caroline Bascomb Compson
Dwight Henry ... Roskus
Logan Marshall-Green ... Dalton Ames
Jim Parrack ... Herbert Ames
Kylen Davis ... Luster
Brady Permenter ... Young Quentin Compson
Stella Allen ... Young Caddy Compson
Cody Farr Cody Farr ... Young Jason Compson


The lives and passions of the Compsons, a once proud Southern family caught in a tragic spiral of loss and misfortune. Based on the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner - considered among the 20th century's greatest works - "The Sound and The Fury" encapsulates the universal themes of social injustice, forbidden love and the death of honor. Written by Anon

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23 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'urlo e il furore See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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James Franco's second encounter with Joey King, the first one being Oz the Great and Powerful (2013). See more »


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25 May 2016 | by ferdinand1932See all my reviews

Filming ordinary books is easy; it's the stuff of the film business. Filming one of the greatest English language novels of the 20th century is really hard. Really hard.

The script is a worthy and very creditable effort which makes concessions to film and audience comprehensions; something Faulkner flouted when he forced readers to deal with the opening sixty pages of this remarkable book.

The telling is true enough, it keeps to the thread of the stories; the compromises between book and film are understandable; the portrayals are strong and the director has Faulkner's echo to work with. It is a solid entry to the book and no doubt it will be the thing students use instead of reading it.

The question is whether it works in its own right and that is more problematic because if one comes to the film via the book the comparisons are interminable. If a viewer sees it as is they could quibble with its purpose and narrative, still atypical, especially in these conventional times.

The essential quality of Faulkner's prose is effaced; it has to be as the camera replaces the text, and that is a huge loss for multifarious reasons, in particular the extreme subjectivity which must be diluted through the objective lens.

Even so, the film is admirable for its talent and effort; nor does it waste the viewer's attention.

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