The Long, Hot Summer

The Long, Hot Summer
The Long, Hot Summer
  • NR
  • 1h 57m
  • 1958
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Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Orson Welles, Anthony Franciosa, Lee Remick and Angela Lansbury co-star in this riveting tale of life in the Deep South. When Ben Quick (Newman), a suspected barnburner drifts into town, he catches the eye of Will Varner, a tyrannical, intimidating patriarch (Welles) who decides Quick is the ideal husband for his spinsterish daughter (Woodward). But once the loner moves in, the two men lock horns, drawing Varner's family into a complex web of emotions leaving all of them changed forever. Based on several short stories by William Faulkner.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TIME Magazine

Newman's performance as Ben Quick, before the script blunts it, is as mean and keen as a cackle-ed...

June 21, 2017
Variety Staff

This picture is strikingly directed by Martin Ritt.

June 21, 2017
Time Out

The ending is an unconvincing cop out, but it can't spoil the film's compulsive dramatic tension (...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Bosley Crowther

The Long, Hot Summer starts superbly and ends in a senseless, flabby heap.

June 21, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Action
  • Release Date:March 5, 1958
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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