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The Long, Hot Summer

The Long, Hot Summer (1958)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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While often regarded as one of America's greatest novelists, William Faulkner produced work that did not always translate well to the screen; it's ironically appropriate that this movie, based on several of Faulkner's short stories, is often regarded as one of the best films based on his work, though not especially accurate to the original source material. Ben Quick (Paul Newman), a sullen but self-confident drifter, arrives in a small Mississippi town where his father had a bad reputation as a


Drama, Classics

William Faulkner, Irving Ravetch, Frank Harriet,

May 20, 2003

20th Century Fox

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (2) | DVD (9)

Newman's performance as Ben Quick, before the script blunts it, is as mean and keen as a cackle-edge scythe.

October 1, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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This picture is strikingly directed by Martin Ritt.

January 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The ending is an unconvincing cop out, but it can't spoil the film's compulsive dramatic tension (or a marvellous comic cameo from Angela Lansbury as Welles' long-suffering mistress).

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The Long, Hot Summer starts superbly and ends in a senseless, flabby heap.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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[An] uneasy blend of three Faulkner short stories.

July 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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This small-town family melodrama, a quintessential 1950s film in its themes and tensions, is well acted by Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Lee Remick.

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Director Martin Ritt and writers Harriet Frank, Jr. and Irving Ravetch opted for a less-than-faithful adaptation of the author's work, and the results were excellent.

January 7, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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The conclusion is surprising and quite exciting, as this self-contained little southern world unravels.

March 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

O belo roteiro, escrito a partir de histórias de William Faulkner, ganha ainda mais dimensão graças às performances de Newman, Woodward e Welles - além, é claro, da direção segura de Martin Ritt e da ótima fotografia.

September 8, 2003
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Newman, perfectly cast as the intruder, dominates the movie.

July 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Audience Reviews for The Long, Hot Summer

Was hoping for the same magic that Ritt and Newman conjured up with the absolutely stellar "Hud." Instead, I got a fairly dry love story and a couple hours of Orson Welles mercilessly chewing the scenery.
May 7, 2012
Reid Volk

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A small town down south in Mississippi and a bit o'nothing of a man runs into a bit o'nothing of a family, newly well to do: can they rise above their collective class status (redneck) and not kill each other, even learn to love one another? But now I've gone and given away everything.
The traveling loner looking for a break is Newman, Big Daddy is Welles (chewing everything in sight), while Woodward, Remick and Lansbury perfect their sugary eye flutters. Fans of the stars will enjoy.
August 21, 2011

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It's funny that this is an adaptation of William Faulkner because it feels way more like a Tennessee Williams adaptation with all of the same quirks and characters. However, there is considerably less drinking in this so it definitely can't be something connected to Tennessee Williams. There is so much color in this that it is almost hard to fathom at times, being reminiscent of Gone with the Wind in that respect. Paul Newman conquers the screen as Ben Quick. Theoretically you should hate him and what he stands for, but Paul Newman plays him so charming and flawless that you end up loving the guy. Joanne Woodward also gives a great performance and it's one of her best characters next to Carol in The Fugitive Kind. I think everyone can acknowledge that Orson Welles hammed his character up to no end, but failed to steal the show.
March 7, 2011

Super Reviewer

Fun, old fashioned drama with humorous overtones. Orson Welles consumes the screen whenever he appears but the able cast pushes back and manages to hold their quarter. A good way to spend a couple of hours.
November 29, 2009
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