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The Long, Hot Summer
While often regarded as one of America's greatest novelists, William Faulkner produced work that did not always translate well to the screen; it's ironically appropriate that this movie, based on several of Faulkner's short stories, is often regarded as one of the best films based on his work, though not especially accurate to the original source material. Ben Quick (Paul Newman), a sullen but self-confident drifter, arrives in a small Mississippi town where his father had a bad reputation as a firebug. Will Varner (Orson Welles), the town's patriarch, still holds a grudge… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"Newman's performance as Ben Quick, before the script blunts it, is as mean and keen as a cackle-edge scythe."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"The Long, Hot Summer starts superbly and ends in a senseless, flabby heap."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Director Martin Ritt and writers Harriet Frank, Jr. and Irving Ravetch opted for a less-than-faithful adaptation of the author's work, and the results were excellent."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Newman, perfectly cast as the intruder, dominates the movie."
‑ , Film4
"This picture is strikingly directed by Martin Ritt."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"[An] uneasy blend of three Faulkner short stories."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The conclusion is surprising and quite exciting, as this self-contained little southern world unravels."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
"The ending is an unconvincing cop out, but it can't spoil the film's compulsive dramatic tension (or a marvellous comic cameo from Angela Lansbury as Welles' long-suffering mistress)."
‑ , Time Out
"This small-town family melodrama, a quintessential 1950s film in its themes and tensions, is well acted by Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Lee Remick."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"O belo roteiro, escrito a partir de histórias de William Faulkner, ganha ainda mais dimensão graças às performances de Newman, Woodward e Welles - além, é claro, da direção segura de Martin Ritt e da ótima fotografia."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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