Review: ‘Hurry Sundown’

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.

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.

Hurry Sundown

Production

Paramount/Sigma. Dir Otto Preminger; Producer Otto Preminger; Screenplay Thomas C. Ryan, Horton Foote; Camera Milton Krasner, Loyal Griggs; Editor Louis Loeffler, James D. Wells; Music Hugo Montenegro Art Dir Gene Callahan

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 146 MIN.

With

Michael Caine Jane Fonda John Phillip Law Diahann Carroll Faye Dunaway Burgess Meredith
Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading