Hurry Sundown (1967)

Hurry Sundown



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Movie Info

A cold-blooded, white Georgia landowner conspires to seize an estate belonging to a struggling black family in this Southern melodrama. A sudden death unexpectedly leaves the black family's estate in the hands of a rebellious young man who refuses to comply, leading to a heated conflict.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Horton Foote, Thomas C. Ryan
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 17, 2011
Paramount Pictures


as Henry Warren

as Julie Ann Warren

as Rad McDowell

as Reeve Scott

as Thomas Elwell

as Lipscomb

as Sheriff Coombs

as Dolph Higginson

as Rose Scott

as Judge Purcell

as Eula Purcell

as Sukie Purcell

as Rev. Clem De Lavery

as Charles McDowell

as Lou McDowell

as Ruby McDowell

as Wyatt McDowell

as Timmy McDowell

as Mrs. Coombs

as Hunt Club Member

as Kissie

as Hunt Club Member

as Colie Warren

as Vivian Thurlow

as Prof. Thurlow

as Ada Hemmings

as Carter Sillens

as Ozzie Higginson

as Dottie

as Lars Finchley
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Critic Reviews for Hurry Sundown

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

The last of Preminger's overblown adaptations of best-sellers, this may have a lot more juice than sustenance, but at least Preminger keeps the juices flowing.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The Preminger flair which made The Cardinal so enjoyable, despite its hackneyed script, seems to have deserted him in this lumbering melodrama.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

An outstanding, tasteful but hard-hitting, and handsomely-produced film.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
Top Critic

Hurry Sundown is a gigantic masquerade in which the participants put on two things: a Southern accent and the audience.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Otto Preminger's Hurry Sundown is a frustrating case, not good but not particularly bad, with a smokescreen of controversy surrounding it and obscuring its real faults.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

You'll come away feeling that although it's worthy in its ideals, it could have done with a touch less overblown melodrama.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013

Audience Reviews for Hurry Sundown


This mint julep melodrama is a hooty delight. I suppose that at the time it was meant to shine a light on racial injustice but it just comes off as a overbaked soap opera. Preminger was the wrong director for such a piece of honeyed excess, this is the type of thing at which Douglas Sirk excelled and could make trenchant observations while still entertaining the masses. Still worth watching for the cast alone. Jane Fonda gives the most enjoyable performance even if her honeychile accent comes and goes. And even as a sharecropper's wife with four kids Faye Dunaway manages to look ravishing.

jay nixon

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