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Arriving in a sleepy Southern town on the eve of integration slick charismatic Adam Cramer is an ominous influence inciting its white citizens into a racial fervor and plunging the once quiet community into a state of chaos. He fed their fears and turned neighbor against neighbor.
- Cast Biographies
- William Shatner & Roger Corman Interview
- Civil Rights Time Line
- Preview Attractions
The Intruder is the greatest irony of Roger Corman's film career. In 1962, after cranking out dozens of exploitation quickies and gaining recognition for his widescreen Edgar Allen Poe series, he put up his own resources to produce a serious work of drama on the explosive issue of racism and integration. Shot on location in a small town in Missouri, where he and his crew faced bigotry first hand when the locals found out exactly what they were actually shooting, the film went on to win rave reviews and film festival prizes and became Corman's first film to lose money. William Shatner delivers the most controlled performance of his career as Adam Cramer, a cool, charismatic white supremacist who rouses the smoldering white citizens of a small Southern town to mob violence on the eve of school integration. As the crowd slips from his control and events escalate, Cramer's true intentions are laid bare, and as he flails about in desperation Shatner's performance slides into near hysteria. There are few weak performances in the smaller roles and the film at times slips into didactic speeches, but Corman's strong direction drives home the film in powerful scenes and striking imagery: Cramer's incendiary speech on the courthouse steps, the deathly quiet KKK ride through the black part of town. By the climax Corman understands that controlled silence is even more terrifying than a mob's thundering cries. --Sean Axmaker
- Exclusive Video Interview with William Shatner and Roger Corman
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Most of the cast are made up of local townspeople playing local townspeople with a verisimilitude that can't be faked. Corman regulars Frank Maxwell and Leo Gordon bring their own degree of intensity to their roles as local crusader and unfortunate victim. Present day Roger Corman and William Shatner are featured in a short featurette on how THE INTRUDER was made on a typically tight Corman budget and shooting schedule and how they were exposed to real danger once the locals found out what they were really up to. The story, in brief, concerns an out of town racist who comes to a recently desegregated community and stirs up hatred and violence before being exposed for what he really is but not before tragedy strikes.
The most amazing thing to me about this DVD release is not the pristine picture and sound quality for a relatively obscure film nor is it the bonus features like the interviews I mentioned earlier. It's the fact that this is being issued by Buena Vista, Disney's long time distribution company. This film is as about as far removed from a Disney product as it can possibly be. There even is a hint of several more Roger Corman films to be released but so far nothing. Well, whatever their reasons, Buena Vista/Disney is to be congratulated for finally making this available for a mass audience to see as it is maverick filmmaking at its best. If you've never seen THE INTRUDER then you should. It's now readily available to rent and because of that fact, it has finally turned a profit 50 years later.