The Klansman Reviews
"The Klansman" was made for tv as far as I have understood and it had its fair share of problems. Co-writer Samuel Fuller submitted a screenplay that was almost completely different from what was filmed. Among other things, the Lee Marvin character was not a sheriff, but a KKK leader whose racist viewpoint is completely changed around. However, Paramount got nervous about the provocative nature of the screenplay and ordered it rewritten, infuriating Fuller (who left the project because of this) and Marvin (who wanted out but had already signed a contract.) Richard Burton and Lee Marvin were both drinking heavily during filming. At one point Burton confided to Marvin that he would like to play a cop in a film set in New York, but couldn't trust himself to do a convincing American accent. (His accent in this film was widely ridiculed, particularly since it wavered throughout the movie). Marvin replied, "But Richard, you're a great actor. You can learn." Burton apparently treasured the compliment for the rest of his life. The plot is so scattered you´re not fully sure what´s going on with the different layers, it almost feels that they edited out several parts of the movie. Both Richard Burton and Lee Marvin seems to be on autopilot and not wanting to be there, hence the heavy drinking. The topic is of course horrifying but handled strangely. The soundtrack becomes a joke as it feels like it belongs to something out of "The Dukes Of Hazzard", with other words it makes no sense what ever. "The Klansman" is a scattered piece of film handled in a strange way that implies severe production problems.
Well if you want to waste nearly two hours of your life then go right ahead but dont say i didnt warn you.
Richard Burton tries to do a Southern accent but its all over the place a bit like the film and OJ Simpson gets in some murder practice by killing KKK memebers all over the show.
Marvin looks bored and does try to act but the story goes that Burton and Marvin were so loaded they forgot they even appeared in the film and my reaction would be you would have to be drunk to gain any enjoyment from the film.
Terence Young doesnt direct he bludgens every point in ther script home by the time the film finishes we have had two rapes (badlly handled) blokes running around with sheets on their head and a shoot out which wipes out half the cast.
The dialogue is risible and one wonders who greenlit this whole sorry affair the equivalent of celluloid dung avoid at all costs