The Sound and the Fury 1959

The Sound and the Fury

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The once-prominent Compson family of Jefferson, Miss., has been reduced to near-penury by generations of alcoholism and sin. Levelheaded Jason (Yul Brynner) struggles to keep the family together, but his teenage stepsister, Quentin (Joanne Woodward), chafes against his strictures. When Quentin's estranged mother (Margaret Leighton) reappears in town and carnival worker Charles (Stuart Whitman) attempts to seduce the virginal teen, the family may finally be headed for complete collapse.

Cast & Crew

Yul Brynner
Jason Compson
Joanne Woodward
Quentin Compson, Narrator
Stuart Whitman
Charlie Busch
Jack Warden
Ben Compson
Francoise Rosay
Mrs. Caroline Compson
John Beal
Howard Compson
Albert Dekker
Earl Snopes
Steven Perry
Luster
Irving Ravetch
Screenwriter
Alex North
Original Music
Charles G. Clarke
Cinematographer
Lyle R. Wheeler
Art Director
Paul S. Fox
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Critic Reviews for The Sound and the Fury

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (2)

  • The whole cast is magnificent and the color production rates top credits.

    July 1, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The screen edition of the William Faulkner novel is crammed with hifalutin "significance" which somehow never comes into sharp focus.

    November 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • As a picture of Southern life or a study of human relationships the film utterly fails to convince one, being strangled by local colour and an unwavering belief in the commercial possibilities of the most uncommer- cialised parts of the South,

    July 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Sound and the Fury

  • Apr 07, 2018
    More time spent in the sultry South, where sex is so alluring simply because there's not a heck of a lot much else to do. Joanne Woodward is a young woman feeling bored by the sameness of her life and by the slow decline of her once respected family and thusly looking for a little pick-me-up, nudge, nudge, wink, wink. Yul Brynner is an outsider, but now running the whole show, if only because he's the only one who cares to. Sure, his Southern accent is for the birds, but he delivers the usual strong performance that holds down the usual languid proceedings Southern Gothic usually takes. Not boring, if ever so predictable.
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