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The Intruder (The Stranger)

The Intruder (The Stranger) (1962)


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Release Date: May 14, 1962 Limited



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The Intruder was not only Roger Corman's most daring and unusual film, but a unique movie in the history of cinema, as one of the few theatrical feature films to deal with school desegregation in the South. William Shatner gives the performance of a lifetime as Adam Cramer, a sly, rabble-rousing racist who travels the South in the wake of the Supreme Court's Brown vs. Board of Education decision, fomenting protests and riots and organizing white citizens groups with himself at their head. By


Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Cult Movies

Charles Beaumont

Mar 27, 2001

Pathé-America Distributing Company

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Shatner gives a very scary performance (this was pre-"Star Trek"). Corman's direction is gritty and uncompromising.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

...suffers from an amateurish vibe that extends to virtually every aspect of the proceedings.

January 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Hollywood should continually revisit the film for an example of how to tell a socially significant story without preaching

October 9, 2007 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Audience Reviews for The Intruder (The Stranger)

The next time you hear someone say that Roger Corman is a hack then you should point out this film to them (and also the brilliant documentary 'Corman's World' while you're at it). Apart from low budget slashers, fibreglass monster movies and awesome Exploitation films, Corman also made films of great importance and not just important to cinema. The Intruder is a film that challenged the outcry following school desegregation in the South of America in the late 1950s. The decision was very unpopular at the time with the streets awash with anti-black campaigning, violence and racist hatred. It's fair to say the deep south showed its true colours. It is a sad chapter in history in that sense but also an important part of our developing history which will hopefully lead to civil rights for all. Back in 1961 though, tension was still high. Corman made a bold film about the bigotry just 4 years after desegregation which took some guts when you look at the levels of hatred and violent ignorance that stood as a real threat. Thankfully it's a good film too and not just a Nobel attempt. William Shatner is perfect in the role as 'The Intruder', his acting style really helped develop the two-faced charming but hateful character. Could this also be the first real look at the idea of 'The Devil in a suit'? Answers on a postcard history/Cinema experts....
February 10, 2014

Super Reviewer

please people, watch this, it's terrific. corman's best film. and who knew shatner could act. easily found on youtube
July 19, 2013
Stella Dallas

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    1. Sam Griffin: [to Adam] Boy, you gonna get grass stains all over those trousers, you don't get up. C'mon. That's better. I figure your work in this town's about over. Ya hurry you can catch the bus to Farragut, they've got trains there. If you're a little light on trav'lin money I'd be proud to -'re sure now? Oh, I almost forgot. These belong to you [pours several bullets into Adam's hand]. I wouldn't want to steal from you, Boy.
    – Submitted by Christopher B (21 months ago)
    1. Sam Griffin: You know something? We're in the same line, you and me. We're both selling something. Well I've been at it longer - I can see where you're making mistakes. And right now those mistakes are beginning to pile up on you, and in a little while they're gonna smother you.
    2. Adam Cramer: Get out of here.
    3. Sam Griffin: I've been studying your pitch - it's not bad you've got technique. But you know what's wrong? You're too clever, Adam. You've got no room in your head for intelligence. Cuz if you were intelligent you'd be able to see that you've started something that you can't control. You think you're the boss now? Wake up, boy, that mob's the boss!
    4. Adam Cramer: What do you know, ya big boob?
    5. Sam Griffin: Did you tell them to blow up the church?
    – Submitted by Christopher B (21 months ago)
    1. Adam Cramer: You go to school around here?
    2. Ella McDaniel: aHuh!
    3. Adam Cramer: I didn't know they had a college in Caxon.
    4. Ella McDaniel: Oh, they don't.
    5. Adam Cramer: You don't go to high school, do you?
    6. Ella McDaniel: [with a smile] mmHmmm.
    7. Adam Cramer: My, my, they do grow things fast here don't they.
    – Submitted by Christopher B (21 months ago)
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