The Long, Hot Summer

The Long, Hot Summer

DVD - 2003
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Ben Quick, an industrious con artist who's known throughout the country as a barn burner, gets run out of a Mississippi town. He meets up with Clara Varner, whose father is pressuring her to get married and provide him with grandchildren. It isn't long before he decides Ben and Clara should marry, and when she resists, it sets up a dramatically escalating clash of wills.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2003]
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Branch Call Number: DVD LONG HOT SU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 115 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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swyckl
Apr 06, 2017

This movie is not appropriate for young children in some ways. I enjoyed this movie. There is some subtle violence; but no sex. It effectively shows how horrendous freedom and choice are. The story is strong. The characters are developed. It is well acted. It shows the importance of wrong and right in life. It shows the outcome of life without having strong moral values and without treating each other fairly with justice. It oppresses the freedom of a choice for the main female character. They tear down her self-esteem with creulty.

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mswrite
May 21, 2016

"Clara?" sing-songs a teasing, shirt-less Ben Quick from her back porch. "Cla-a-aaaaa-ra?"
Probably the best, which is to say sexiest, on-screen pairing of Paul Newman and wife Joanne Woodward ever. Newlyweds when they made this film and man, does it show--the chemistry jumps right off the screen. You know wily drifter Ben and strong-willed Clara Varner are going to be in each other's arms by the end of the movie and it's great fun watching them test and challenge each other every step of the way to that point.

In fact this is a great cast: Orson Welles as wealthy Will Varner, the bullish, bullying landowner and family patriarch; Tony Franciosa as his spoiled, wounded son, Jody; Angela Lansbury as Will's determined and patient mistress, Minnie Littlejohn; and Richard Anderson, quite poignant in an understated performance as Clara's courtly, "mama's boy" suitor Alan Stewart. Much as he adores her, Alan will never ask Clara to marry him and if she can't understand why, Alan--and the sardonically perceptive Ben--most certainly do. ("Lady," Ben tells Clara bluntly, "you are putting your money in the wrong bank.")
And Lee Remick positively oozes kittenish sex appeal as Eula, Jody's flirtatious, sympathetic wife.

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leslie777
Mar 30, 2016

This is surely one of the great American films. For folklore it ranks with the likes of Night of the Iguana and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Something these films all share; the screenplays are based on writings from authors that knew how to tell a captivating story. These are tales of people whose lives had gone off the rails.

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Audrey1976
Jun 29, 2015

One of my favorite Paul Newman movies.

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phantomas
Sep 09, 2013

This 1958 movie is a hoot. Old Man Varner wants to miro-manage his immortality, but his daughter Clara won't play along. So Old Man Varner puts his plan into action. First, he sets out to catch a son-in-law in smooth-talking hustler Ben Quick. "We gonna be married Miss Clara; haven't you heard?" "You have been hoodwinked Mr Quick. For once in your crafty life you have been had." And if crooked Quick wants to find the quickest way to Clara's heart, he's gonna have to straighten out. The dialogue is quick, intense, and musical, like Louisiana jazz. "You're a hardheaded, softhearted woman, Miss Clara. . . and I like you a lot. And if you can save my life, I guess I can return the favour. I can let you go. All I gotta do is pack that old straw suitcase of mine and say goodbye to millions. I won't even feel sorry for myself till I get about one mile and a half outta Frenchman's Bend." I have watched this movie many times over the last 30 years, and enjoyed it each time. In the extras on the DVD, the narrator mentions that the screenplay was based in part on three stories by William Faulkner (Barn Burning, Spotted Horses, and The Hamlet).

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jul 30, 2013

Just like a long, drawn-out stage play that includes some really ridiculous dialogue, this 1958 Drama was all talk-talk-talk and no action._____ Its story was also so much like Cat On A Hot Tin Roof that it went well-beyond being just a coincidence._____ What this picture mainly consisted of was the bitching, the complaining and the dissatisfied whining of some insatiable rich brats who hold a deep, bitter resentment towards their wealthy, over-bearing father, a man who literally owns over half of a small Mississippi town._____ It was Orson Welles (who played the "Big Daddy" character) who was this film's biggest (and fattest) deficit. Every chance he got this bloated, tempermental slob chewed up the scenery to literal shreds._____ As I understand it, Welles and director Martin Ritt were at odds with each other throughout the entire duration of this production. It seems that Welles' inflated vanity got in the way of things far too often._____ All-in-all, I found The Long, Hot Summer to be a less than satisfying movie-experience.

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JeanieG
May 20, 2013

Loved it! So much going on, good acting, kind of corny but it's from another time.

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lollalollipop65
May 01, 2012

this is a great story! the power in family, there is so much you can take from this movie ...it has alot of social history how woman and man lived. What was acceptable...a woman in her late twenties not married....a sin! Not boring at all!

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lovinglife404
Mar 29, 2012

boring. this is a very long movie (just because it's boring). i guess there was kind of a story line to it, it was ok.

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Sep 09, 2013

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phantomas
Sep 09, 2013

"That Ben Quick sure is a comer." "Yep, name suits him alright. First, into that farm. Then, into that store. Now, into house. And all he started with was a book of matches."

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