In Hurry Sundown, based on the novel [by K.B. Gilden], producer-director Otto Preminger has created an outstanding, tasteful but hard-hitting, and handsomely-produced film about racial conflict in Georgia circa 1945. Told with a depth and frankness, the story develops its theme in a welcome, straight-forward way that is neither propaganda nor mere exploitation material. Cast with many younger players, all of whom deliver fine performances.
Michael Caine leads the stars, and delivers an excellent performance as the white social climber managing the Georgia land holdings of wife Jane Fonda.
Two tracts block Caine’s plans, those of distant relative John Phillip Law and Negro Robert Hooks, both just-returned war vets.