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Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Orson Welles, Anthony Franciosa, Lee Remick and Angela Lansbury co-star in this riveting tale of life in the Deep South. Provocative and compelling, it simmers with sexual tension, bawdy humor and a powerful clash of personalities. When Ben Quick (Newman), a suspected barnburner drifts into town, he catches the eye of Will Varner, a tyrannical, intimidating patriarch (Welles) who decides Quick is the ideal husband for his spinsterish daughter (Woodward). But once the loner moves in, the two men lock horns, drawing Varner's family into a complex web of emotions and actions that leaves all of them changed forever.
Paul Newman has his glorious youthful swagger in this southern-fried melodrama, which marked his first picture with Joanne Woodward (they married after shooting ended). The script is a melange of William Faulkner stories, although it appears more under the influence of Tennessee Williams and Picnic than the Nobel Prize winner. Drifter Newman catches the eye of schoolmarm Woodward and her father, a rural Mississippi bigshot (Orson Welles). This is not one of Welles's better moments; he appears to be conducting make-up experiments. There is some enjoyable flapdoodle along the way, in the Freud-meets-Gone with the Wind manner of '50s southern cooking, but the ending is embarrassingly compromised. The same production team would leave out the box-office concessions a few years later on Hud. A studly Newman justifies this description of his character: "I wish I was Ben Quick. He's got the whole state of Mississippi to graze on." --Robert Horton
A nice way to get my 'Paul Newman' fix. I wish some more of these classic films were being re-distributed. Watching Paul and Joanne work together is still magic. Read morePublished 5 days ago by DeeJay
I grew up with Paul Newman movies and have always enjoyed his attitude and performance. This is one of my old favorites which is why I bought it for my personal library.Published 1 month ago by midea
So happy to find this classic. arrived quickly play without skips. ThanksPublished 1 month ago by lisa h.
The screen crackles with energy! Acting doesn't get any better. Story resonates. Only problem - Orson Wells' makeup looks purple in some scenes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elissa Reiter Kartman
Love loved it. Newman is so charming. Wells is a hoot. One of the best films ever made.Published 1 month ago by arlyn