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The Chase (1966)

The Chase (1966)

The Chase




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Arthur Penn directed this atmospheric melodrama with a stellar pedigree (scripted by Lillian Hellman and based upon a play by Horton Foote) and a checkered production history. Penn later disowned the film, complaining that producer Sam Spiegel constantly interfered during production and later barred him from the editing room. "I have never made a film under such unspeakable conditions," Penn said. "I was used merely to move the actors around like horses." The Chase takes place in Tarl, a Texas town lorded over by Val Rogers (E.G. Marshall), the local banker. When convict Bubba Reeves (Robert Redford), a hometown Tarl boy, escapes from the state penitentiary, the town becomes polarized into two camps -- those who think Bubba is guilty of murder, and others who are convinced of his innocence. Sheriff Calder (Marlon Brando) thinks Bubba is innocent and will come back home. Calder, however, has other problems to contend will besides Bubba. Bubba's wife Anna (Jane Fonda), for instance, has been having an affair with his best friend, Jake (James Fox), who happens to be Val Rogers's son. Meanwhile, Ruby (Angie Dickinson), Calder's wife, tries to protect her husband from the turmoil in the town. But, after Calder is sent in to try to control a wild party, he is beaten by an angry mob of partygoers. At the same time, Bubba arrives in town. When word gets out that Bubba is hiding in an automobile junkyard, Calder tries to get to Bubba before the townsfolk do, and take him into safe custody.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Lillian Hellman
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On DVD: Feb 24, 2004
Columbia Pictures


Marlon Brando
as Sheriff Calder
Jane Fonda
as Anna Reeves
Robert Redford
as Charlie 'Bubber' Ree...
E.G. Marshall
as Val Rogers
Angie Dickinson
as Ruby Calder
Janice Rule
as Emily Stewart
Miriam Hopkins
as Mrs. Reeves
Martha Hyer
as Mary Fuller
Richard Bradford
as Danon Fuller
Robert Duvall
as Edwin Stewart
James Fox
as Jason `Jake' Rogers
Diana Hyland
as Elizabeth Rogers
Henry Hull
as Briggs
Jocelyn Brando
as Mrs. Briggs
Katherine Walsh
as Verna Dee
Nydia Westman
as Mrs. Henderson
Joel Fluellen
as Lester Johnson
Pamela Curran
as Mrs. Siftifieus
Grady Sutton
as Mr. Siftifieus
Richard Collier
as Guests at Rogers' Pa...
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Critic Reviews for The Chase

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | August 21, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A Texas-style Peyton Place that's possibly more absurd.

Full Review… | May 15, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Preceding Bonnie and Clyde by a year, Arthur Penn's small-town drama, flaunting a top-notch cast (Brando, Redford, Jane Fonda) is a quintessential movie pointing to the thematic and tonal direction Hollywood would take in the late 1960s.

Full Review… | May 31, 2006

Great stars, great director, muddled message melodrama.

February 10, 2006
Las Vegas Review-Journal

ripping little drama

February 26, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for The Chase

goes nowhere, slowly

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

This is probably my favourite movie that takes place in a small Texan town. This movie has an all-star cast, and a good story. I highly recommend it, it's intense and exciting.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

I really like this movie, an early neo-western and Marlon Brando being a cool sheriff. I think it tends to throw off people due to the ensemble factor, there's no real main character to latch on to. I actually like that, it's different. Jane Fonda and Angie Dickinson make for some great supporting characters. While this isn't flawless, it has a great heart and a good message about gossip and the power of townspeople.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

The Chase Quotes

Sheriff Calder: I'm not out patrolling, I'm looking for an ice cream cone.
– Submitted by Greg H (2 years ago)

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