Intruder in the Dust Reviews

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January 29, 2021
As producer and director. Brown has maintained brilliant balance between the film's melodrama and its powerful social message.
January 29, 2021
Intruder in the Dust is not only a great social document but an engrossing, thrilling story of courage and passion.
January 29, 2021
While we may not like what we see on the screen, we must admit that Brown's intention in capturing the Faulkner yarn on film was a meritorious one.
January 29, 2021
Grimly courageous.
January 29, 2021
[It's hard] reconciling Faulkner's beliefs with the tenets of Hollywood liberalism. Result: there is some very smooth broken-field running around all the implications that get in the way, but many of the dramatic potentialities of the plot are lost.
January 29, 2021
Intruder in the Dust deserves our award for uncommon merit, the Blue Ribbon with Palms, and an additional accolade as being worthy to be classed among the best American films in the history of the cinema.
January 29, 2021
It is a movie that earns a distant respect and admiration, and stays on top of the skin.
January 29, 2021
Good performances by Juano Hernandez, Claude Jarman Jr., David Brian and others, and superbly directed by Clarence Brown.
January 29, 2021
Intruder in the Dust belongs among the Hollywood classics of this era.
January 29, 2021
I have never seen a film done with more forthright purpose, with less emotional bias or with greater understanding than this story, which deals with bigotry.
January 29, 2021
Its great effectiveness lies less in its story than in, for instance, the picture it presents of the crowds gathering outside the gaol waiting for the dreadful, murderous show. The horror of this crowd is in its very casualness, its almost festive air.
January 29, 2021
Intruder, beautifully directed by Clarence Brown from William Faulkner's novel, never makes the mistake of pushing propaganda under the noses of the audience; simply tells a moving story, and leaves the individual to draw his own' conclusions.
January 29, 2021
Juano Hernandez, as the accused, however, takes the top honors in this excellent film.
January 29, 2021
Director Clarence Brown made the most of the authentic backgrounds and the townspeople as a supporting cast, and the film as a whole is engrossing and unusual.
January 29, 2021
All the acting and action is direct and powerful. There is a normal quality to everything that makes the story seem real and true.
January 29, 2021
Completely believable.
January 29, 2021
Too serious and deep for me.
January 29, 2021
It's true that this M-G-M work is not entirely successful, for it has several basic flaws, but it also has out-of-the-ordinary qualities, quite a few passages that are powerfully affecting and a blunt, though sensitive style all its own.
January 29, 2021
Intruder in the Dust is full of the kind of performances that could be called blazing. The most affecting of these is the almost ominously quiet, honest portrait of Lucas by Actor Hernandez.
January 28, 2021
The film is gripping rather than moving, it has more intelligence than passion. But it has also a grasp of character rare in American filmmaking, particularly of this kind.
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