- Actors: Steve McQueen, Sharon Farrell, Ruth White, Michael Constantine, Clifton James
- Directors: Mark Rydell
- Writers: Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr., William Faulkner
- Producers: Irving Ravetch, Rick Rosenberg, Robert E. Relyea
- Format: Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
- Rated: Parents Strongly CautionedPG-13
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: 20th Century Fox
- VHS Release Date: May 19, 1993
- Run Time: 107 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6301802357
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Adapted from William Faulkner's final novel, The Reivers top-bills Steve McQueen, but the major character is feisty 11-year-old Lucius McCaslin, played by Mitch Vogel. Growing up in Mississippi in the early 1900s, Lucius finds himself (through a hectic series of circumstances) in a bordello, where he is nearly killed trying to defend the "fast lady" (Sharon Farrell) who has befriended him. He has been brought to the house of ill repute by ne'er-do-well farm hand Boon Hoggenbeck (Steve McQueen), with whom he has been tooling about the countryside in a vintage automobile, together with his very distant African-American relative Ned (Rupert Crosse). This adventure segues into the next, as the three man combine their resources to train a broken-down racehorse. Meanwhile, Vogel's grandfather (Will Geer), who owns the fancy automobile that the "reivers" hope to win back, threatens to reappear at any moment to tan Lucius's bottom. Not exactly as wholesome as a Disney film, The Reivers is nonetheless acceptable family entertainment, with Steve McQueen delivering one of his best and most laid-back performances. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Top Customer Reviews
The movie captures, with rich authenticity, the colorful characters of Faulkner's Mississippi. The cinematography and music evoke the sites and sounds of a picturesque South in 1905. The cast, including narration by Burgess Meredith, is impeccable. The movie centers on the joyriding adventures of 11-year old Lucius McCaslin, his cousin Boon Hogganback (Steve McQueen) and their black relation (Rupert Crosse). The story involves a stolen car, a 4-day odyssey from northern Mississippi to the `red light" district of Memphis, a horse race, and the life-changing experiences of young Lucius. Will Geer, as Lucius' grandfather "Boss," offers a memorable performance when he confronts the young boy with his misdeeds, proving again that the word is mightier than the hand. William Faulkner would be proud of this movie.
Steve McQueen is Boon Hogganback, a cousin and handyman to the McCaslin family. When grandfather "Boss" McCaslin buys a new car, a yellow Winton Flyer, Boon talks eleven year old Lucius, "Boss's" grandson, into his scheme to "borrow" the car for a quick trip to Memphis to visit a prostitute with whom he's in love.
When "Boss" leaves for the weekend, the two reivers -- an old fashioned word for "thieves" -- take off in the car. Unknown to them, a black relation has stowed away under a blanket in the back seat. The four day odyssey is a coming of age adventure for young Lucius. He spends the night in a brothel, has a knife fight over a prostitue's honor, and races a horse to win back the car.
Beautifully photographed with one of John William's best scores, this fine film adaptation would probably delight Faulkner himself. McQueen is memorable as a lovable scamp and he seems to be having fun in the role.
The narration, from the perspective of an adult Lucius, is by Burgess Meredith and the poetic, wise words are Faulner's.
This wonderful, mostly forgotten film is worth seeking out.
In Mississippi at the turn of the 20th century, and it's where we find a grand and spectacular "horseless carriage" that is a shiny yellow 1905 Winton Flyer automobile. Its owner is Mississippi plantation owner "Boss" [Will Geer], who has left it sitting unattended. But hired hand Boon Hogganbeck [Steve McQueen] decides it would be the ideal vehicle to take him and his buddy on a glorious whirlwind jaunt to distant Memphis. And along for the ride is Boss's earnest 12-year-old grandson, who finds himself reluctantly drafted to be the third "reiver" (an old Scottish word for 'thief') aboard his grandfather's car. So starts a bumpy journey that sweeps the trio into encounters with both Boss's raucous gal pal at a brothel and a corrupt racist sheriff, as well as a spellbinding, winner-takes-all horse race with ownership of the Winton Flyer at stake! Based on William Faulkner's esteemed novel, ‘The Reivers’ is an irresistible slice-of-life adventure directed by Mark Rydell [‘The Cowboys’]. Narrated by Burgess Meredith.
FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: 1970 Academy Awards®: Nominated: Actor in a Supporting Role for Rupert Crosse. Nominated: Music for an Original Score for a motion picture [not a musical] for John Willimas. 1970 Golden Globe® Awards: Nominated: Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for Steve McQueen. Nominated: Supporting Actor for Mitch Vogel. Writers Guild of America: Nominated: Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium for Screenplay for Harriet Frank, Jr. and Irving Ravetch.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
enjoyed the characterizations and story. Remember seeing this when first released. McQueen did a surprisingly good job with a largely comedic role. Great story.Published 2 months ago by James Fox
The Reivers is a comic novel by William Faulkner. it is a comic novel but it is not a farce. That is the problem with this movie. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tom Gray
I love this old movie and if you haven't seen it...it is awesome! no issues with deliveryPublished 4 months ago by Leann Gilbreath
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