The Long, Hot Summer

1958, Drama, 1h 55m

18 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Handsome vagabond Ben Quick (Paul Newman) returns to the Mississippi town his late father called home, but rumors of his dad's pyromaniac tendencies follow him as soon as he sets foot there. The proud young man's determination eventually wins over civic leader Will Varner (Orson Welles), who decides Ben might be just the man for his daughter, Clara (Joanne Woodward) -- much to the displeasure of Will's gutless son (Anthony Franciosa) and Clara's society boyfriend (Richard Anderson).

Cast & Crew

Joanne Woodward
Clara Varner
Orson Welles
Will Varner
Lee Remick
Eula Varner
Angela Lansbury
Minnie Littlejohn
Sarah Marshall
Agnes Stewart
Mabel Albertson
Elizabeth Stewart
Bill Walker
Lucius
Alex North
Original Music
Joseph LaShelle
Cinematographer
Maurice Ransford
Art Direction
Lyle R. Wheeler
Art Direction
Eli Benneche
Set Decoration
Walter M. Scott
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Adele
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Critic Reviews for The Long, Hot Summer

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (2)

Audience Reviews for The Long, Hot Summer

  • May 07, 2012
    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.
    Reid V Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2011
    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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2011
    This was very similiar to Cat on A Hot Tin Roof. Rich Southerners and their bruised egos about whether or not Big Daddy loves them.
    Sean G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2011
    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.
    Conner R Super Reviewer

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