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The Klansman (1974)

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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.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
Paramount Pictures

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Cast

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
Bert Williams
as Doctor
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
David Ladd
as Flagg
Vic Perrin
as Hector
Virgil Frye
as Johnson
Jeannie Bell
as Mary Anne
Morgan Upton
as Reporter
Charlie Briggs
as Reporter
Ed Call
as Shanefelt
Victor Perrin
as Hector
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Audience Reviews for The Klansman

BLAND FILM CENTERING ON RACISM IN THE SOUTH AND THE KKK. SURPRISINGLY HIGH CALIBRE CAST WITH RICHARD BURTON AND LEE MARVIN. THE FILM IS JUST BLAND, NOTHING MUCH TO OFFER. THE PLOT ISN'T VERY INTERESTING.

James Higgins
James Higgins

Hey kids let's play a little game shall we? It's called word association. You know, dog is to bark as cat is to meow. Got it? OK. Let's try one. Pam Grier is to Quentin Tarantino as Lola Falana is to, yup, you guessed it. Me. So when people panned Lady Cocoa, I just sat there like whoooaaa, Lola... :D So it would be without a doubt that when I got my hands on this film that I wouldn't pan it. I'm not going to tell you the story as the title is pretty much self explanatory. Instead, I'm going to explain my rating. First you got Lee Marvin. Now Lee's just badass to begin with but you add Lola with him and damn you got a tag team there. Now you have to subtract the O.J. Simpson effect. Granted he does do a pretty good job playing a pissed off, rebellious killer (hmmmmm) it's still O.J. freakin Simpson. The one man who single handedly destroyed the Naked Gun series. So you do some random math and you come out to 6 of 10. But a damn good film. Watch it!!

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