The Reivers (1969)
Movie InfoThis comedy-drama is taken from the final novel by celebrated author William Faulkner. Lucius (Mitch Vogel) is the 11 year old grandson of Boss McCaslin (Will Geer). The family eagerly awaits the delivery of a 1905 Winton Flyer automobile. Ned McCaslin (Rupert Cross) is the black worker who is a product of a union between the Boss' ancestor and one of his slave girls. Along with the family handyman Boon (Steve McQueen), Lucius and Ned travel with the new auto to Memphis. Ned trades the car in for a broken down racehorse and plans to enter the nag in the big race. Boon takes up with Corrie (Sharon Farrell), the local bordello madame who expresses a desire for a normal life. An encounter with the local bigoted sheriff Butch Lovemaiden (Clifton James) lands Ned and Boon behind bars. Lucius goes to Corrie for help in getting his friends out of jail. The trio pins all their hopes on winning the race to get back the traded auto before the Boss finds out. Burgess Meredith narrates the story. Rupert Cross received an Oscar nomination for his performance as did Johnny Williams for his musical score. … More
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A well acted adaptation of William Faulkner's last novel, offering good roles for Steve McQueen and Rupert Cross, only the second black to receive an oscar nomination by 1969.
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