Hurry Sundown


Hurry Sundown

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In this melodrama, a heartless land baron makes ruthless attempts to get a hold of his cousin's land. He also wants the land of his cousin's neighbors, a struggling black family. When the family refuses to sell, the baron uses every dirty trick to get them thrown off their land.

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Michael Caine
as Henry Warren
Jane Fonda
as Julie Ann Warren
John Phillip Law
as Rad McDowell
Robert Hooks
as Reeve Scott
Loring Smith
as Thomas Elwell
Peter Goff
as Lipscomb
George Kennedy
as Sheriff Coombs
Luke Askew
as Dolph Higginson
Beah Richards
as Rose Scott
Burgess Meredith
as Judge Purcell
Madeleine Sherwood
as Eula Purcell
Donna Danton
as Sukie Purcell
Frank Converse
as Rev. Clem De Lavery
Steve Sanders (IX)
as Charles McDowell
Faye Dunaway
as Lou McDowell
Dawn Barcelona
as Ruby McDowell
David Sanders
as Wyatt McDowell
Michael Henry Roth
as Timmy McDowell
Gladys Newman
as Mrs. Coombs
Bill Hart
as Hunt Club Member
Joan Parks
as Kissie
Dean Smith
as Hunt Club Member
John Mark
as Colie Warren
Diahann Carroll
as Vivian Thurlow
Rex Ingram
as Prof. Thurlow
Doro Merande
as Ada Hemmings
Jim Backus
as Carter Sillens
Robert C. Bloodwell
as Ozzie Higginson
Ross Kelly
as Dottie
Robert Reed
as Lars Finchley
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Critic Reviews for Hurry Sundown

All Critics (8) | 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.

    May 8, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The Preminger flair which made The Cardinal so enjoyable, despite its hackneyed script, seems to have deserted him in this lumbering melodrama.

    May 8, 2013 | Full Review…

    Tom Milne

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • An outstanding, tasteful but hard-hitting, and handsomely-produced film.

    May 8, 2013 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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

    May 8, 2013 | Full Review…
    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.

    May 8, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • What's tiring about the film is less these strangely old-fashioned lurches into melodrama (the date is supposed to be 1916: it hardly feels like it) than the self-importance of its attitudes.

    Jul 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hurry Sundown

  • Jul 10, 2013
    A movie with race-relations, and moral agendas, but none of the film is inaccurate. Nothing amazing, but some entertaining stereotypical caricatures, well-acted.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2010
    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 n Super Reviewer

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