The Klansman

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Samuel Fuller was originally set to direct this turgid racial melodrama but jumped ship, replaced by Terence Young. Lee Marvin stars as Sheriff Bascomb, the entire law enforcement department in a small Southern town, who is trying to keep a lid on local Ku Klux Klan activity. But racial tensions first simmer and then explode when Nancy Poteet (Linda Evans) is raped and the town's mayor Hardy (David Huddleston), who is also the head of the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, blames an innocent black man for the crime. Also involved in the proceedings is local landowner Breck Stancill (Richard Burton), who must have modeled his Southern accent on the soupy delivery of James Mason in Mandingo.

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Lee Marvin
as Sheriff Track Bascomb
Richard Burton
as Breck Stancill
Cameron Mitchell
as Butt Cutt Cates
Lola Falana
as Loretta Sykes
David Huddleston
as Mayor Hardy
Linda Evans
as Nancy Poteet
Spence Wil-Dee
as Willy Washington
Hoke Howell
as Bobby Poteet
Eve Christopher
as Mrs. Martha Shaneyfelt
Edward Call
as Mr. Shaneyfelt
Robert Porter
as Rev. Josh Franklin
Larry Williams
as Lightning Rod
Lee de Broux
as Rev. Alverson
Wendell Wellman
as Alan Bascomb
Gary L. Catus
as Charles Peck
Susan Brown
as Maybelle Bascomb
John Alderson
as Vernon Hodo
John Pearce
as Taggart
Vic Perrin
as Hector
Virgil Frye
as Johnson
Jeannie Bell
as Mary Anne
Morgan Upton
as Reporter
Ed Call
as Shanefelt
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It's a Hollywood movie with the great Lee Marvin giving a morally complex performance opposite a noticeably intoxicated Richard Burton.

Oct 31, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The more gruesome acts against blacks undoubtedly make The Klansman a favorite viewing option in the Trump-Bannon White House, but everyone else will be properly repulsed by this utterly repellent melodrama.

Mar 18, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Perhaps at some point The Klansman had the potential to live up to its incendiary material, but it ends up doing little more than crassly exploiting it.

Feb 20, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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