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long hot summer
- kevin sellers
Not as bad as "Sound And The Fury," but still a pretty brazen bowdlerization of Faulkner (in this case, the novel "The Hamlet") with a ridiculous turning of one of Faulkner's most unforgettable villains, the greedy, grasping Flem Snopes, into Paul Newman's conventional good guy, Ben Quick. Truly deflating, if you've read and admired the novel, and merely ordinary, if you haven't. Give it a C. P.S. After cheerfully commercializing Faulkner, (twice!) director Martin Ritt went on to do the same with Hemingway, in "Adventures Of A Young Man." It wasn't until "Hud" that this extremely overrated director finally decided to be true to the spirit of a great American novel and made a halfway decent film.
Long but Not So Hot.
This seems to be one of those polarizing movies people either hate or really enjoy.It is very Hollywood, slick, and full of Southern caricatures. Most of the actors cannot speak in anauthentic-sounding Southern accent and it's distracting. So is the melodramatic music and the dated dialogue.It is a pretty film to look at but also very dull - except for Orson Welles and his strange scenery-chewing performance. It's hard to watch him with so sweaty and made up like a bad clown.
Dont Adjust Your TV
- J. D.Jitters
One of the problems with this film is Orson Wells make up. It seems that the make up artist came up with a new type of make up, that was said to look great on film but terrible live. It had a greenish tint and this left everyone avoiding lunch after a shoot. So don't reset your television color, it's the makeup.
Good movie, BUT...
- Chris Waters
Over the years, I've watched this movie in pieces, at least once, all the way through. Never understood the attraction to Woodward character. Blaaah... Whoever got away with doing the makeup for Pa (Will) Varner should have never worked in Hollywood again! It gives new meaning to the word "greasepaint!" Vegetable oil mixed with rouge, topped with eyebrows by Crayola! Ugh!!! And the hair? Radiator spay paint! Poor Orson should have gotten hazardous duty pay!
- gretchen L.Millington
This was a very good movie. makes you all most there on this plantation, and wanting to be there; is what I felt as I watched this movie. One of "PAUL NEWMANS" sexier rolls; again MY opinion. an avid movie watcher gretchen L.Millington
"minnie, I think I'll live forever"
my vote for the best Welles performance. He plays a scamp with a zest for life. He is surrounded by terrific new actors, Woodward, Newman, Franciosa, Remick. Don't look for much from the novel. But thats good, because its a dark and grimy. I would vote for this being Newman's best early film. I was a contemporary of the young actors at the time, and thought I knew all of them personally in some form. Citizen Kane is the most overrated film of all time. The audience didn't like it because it failed to entertain. This film does.
EXCELLENT MOVIE NEWMAN AND WOODWARD AT THEIR BEST
I love, love, love this movie. The cast is outstanding and Newman and Woodward are outstanding in it. One of my all time favorite romantic films. Ben Quick is one of his best characters. Favorite line: "let them talk, cause in the morning you will have a smile on your face."
The Long Hot Summer
- Dashiell B.
A sexy drama that was the first film of the Newman's. Ritt directs his pupils the Newman's, Franciosa & Remick, along with the classically-trained Welles & Lansbury, each giving splendid, if sometimes unsympathetic performances. The film is adapted from a few stories by Faulkner, which is rich in sexual tension, but weak in the finale. Best to be viewed to see the Newman's fall in love in real life. I give it a 3.5/5.
Bravo 'The Newman's'
Paul Newman and Mrs. Newman, aka the great Joanne Woodward are splendid in Martin Ritt's great film The Long Hot Summer with a stellar supporting cast headed by Angela Lansbury, Lee Remick, Orson Welles and Anthony Fanciosca. This movie is downright erotic.Bravo The Newman's
erotic...without the rot.
Este filme excelente. Paul Newman est timo como sempre e o filme impecvel em todos os sentidos.
Welles' supporting role
- Jarrod McDonald
This is nowhere near the quality of other Jerry Wald productions (I would put Mildred Pierce and some of his other melodramas above this picture), but The Long Hot Summer does have its moments. As others have said, the real-life chemistry of Newman and Woodward, blended with their artistic talents makes the film must-see. But it gets bogged down by Orson Welles' kitschy performance as Will Varner, the southern patriarch who presides over the town and its inhabitants. Welles seems to be punching his scenes up so much that the young stars (including Tony Franciosa and Richard Anderson) seem to have a hard time keeping their composure. Welles is able to get away with the campiness he exudes in a sinister film noir like Touch of Evil, but here it seems somewhat out of place.
The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
Impeccably good production, excellent art direction and cinematography. The acting is top notch, especially Angela Lansbury and Orson Welles. Well written, excellent atmosphere.
Newman & Woodward Sizzle!
One of my favorite movies ever. You can practically see the sparks between these two, a very sexy couple. And they've stayed happily married and in love for 50 yrs, until his death yesterday (9/26/08). I've never heard a negative word about either of them. He had a wonderful fulfilling life, a rewarding career and most of all a happy home life, away from the influence of the Hollywood scene. My favorite quote when asked by a reporter if he was ever tempted to stray: "Why would I go out for hamburger when I have steak at home?"
brings you back to a better time
just a great comfortable film with no blood and guts makes you feel the heat of summer
When a shirtless Ben Quick drags his mattress on to the veranda to escape the heat, he gets a glimps of Clara lying in her bed. The little speech he makes to seduce Clara singed a hole in my TV screen. It was both seductive and a little creepy.