An enlightening, and highly disturbing, moral fable centering on racism and forced desegregation in a small southern town. Half way through the film I didn't like it - the racism seemed front and center like a leading character. And the townsfolk just accepted this racism as a necessary part of "Southern Hospitality". The ending is highly satisfying though, and I'm glad I trusted Corman to bring the film to an interesting conclusion: reminded me a little of the 1971 film "Cold Turkey" with the town facing up to it's own shortcomings - but in "The Intruder" there's no comedy, just the awkwardness of collective culpability. "What can you do?"
One of Shatner's best performances and certainly another excellent Corman film.
Everyone's got something to sell, including information and lifestyles. If we, individually or collectively, believe 'convenient truths' we're told - we can become sheep for the slaughter or a pack of wolves willing to destroy anything for the promise of "a better world for all". Both the recent Tea-Party and Occupy movements might have gained from watching this film.
Just a little background: Brown v BofEd was heard, twice, by the supreme court in 1953. In 1957, Arkansas Governor Faubus called out his state's National Guard to block black students' entry to Little Rock Central High School. President Dwight Eisenhower responded by deploying elements of the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell and by federalizing Faubus' National Guard. In 1963, Alabama Gov. Wallace declared "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever" during his inaugural speech and soon after he personally blocked the doors at the University of Alabama to prevent the enrollment of two black students. Gov. Wallace eventually moved aside when confronted by General H. Graham of the Alabama National Guard, who was ordered by President John F. Kennedy to intervene. This film was released in May of 1962 (months before the Wallace incident), so the issue of racial equality in public education was still unsettled when the film was released.