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Based on the novel by William Faulkner, THE REIVERS tells the story of a young boy who leaves home and sets out on a journey with his best friend and Boon Hogganbeck (McQueen), his familys handyman. During the trip from Jefferson to Memphis, the trio learns some valuable life lessons.
The Reivers, based on a William Faulkner novel, is a spirited comedy-drama starring Steve McQueen in a rare character part as Boon Hoggenbeck, a ne'er-do-well, turn-of-the-century Mississippi farm hand and cousin of 11-year-old naif Lucius McCaslin (Mitch Vogel). The arrival of a handsome new automobile purchased by Lucius' grandfather, Boss McCaslin (a golden performance by Will Geer), causes an uproar when Boon and another cousin, Ned McCaslin (Rupert Crosse), who is half African American, vie to drive the vehicle around town. Boss's departure by train for a funeral gives Boon, Ned, and Lucius an opportunity to drive in style to Memphis, where young McCaslin's eyes are opened to a larger world of hard-core racism, prostitution, corruption, and the tyranny of the powerful over the vulnerable. In short order, Lucius finds his innate decency and integrity lessen the sting of disillusionment and helplessness. Director Mark Rydell (On Golden Pond) keeps things brisk and breezy, but never loses sight of the long shadow of adulthood that blots out Lucius' innocence. Presented in widescreen. --Tom Keogh
This is a great movie for all the family; however, I was shocked to see that Kino Lorber didn't include the 5.1 Surround Sound in their Blu-ray Edition. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Arthur
Just want to add one point: Steve McQueen was the best and MOST UNDER-RATED actor of my generation.Published 1 day ago by SoCalDoc
I loved this film , Steve McQueen was great and the entire cast was great.
Good piece of history was shown through this movie.
What a lesson to learn !!!!
I love the movie, but have not yet viewed the DVD recently purchased from Amazon. I ordered it as a gift, so it will be another 6 weeks before I can find out if the DVD plays OK.Published 2 months ago by MG
Well it's about time. This is Steve McQueen at his funniest. Beautiful movie, great script and characters. This is a buy, not a rent.Published 2 months ago by cyberghostx13