Burn! (1969)

Sir William Walker (Marlon Brando) is the aristocratic secret agent sent by Britain to secure a profitable Portuguese sugar cane plantation for the Crown. When he arrives, he befriends the black dockworker Jose (Evaristo Marquez) and plants… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 21, 1969
DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Pontecorvo's pointed 1969 drama of the politics of war feels surprisingly timely.

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Adam Lippe

If there's a better filmic explanation for how people can justify exploitation and colonialism, I don't know what it is.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Pontecorvo crafts a huge, colorful epic more tuned in to specific time and place than a Hollywood film might be.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

I don't think Queimada is as great a movie as Battle of Algiers, but it retains its vitality, its outrage, its savagery and its spirit.

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Emanuel Levy

As a follow-up to Battle of Algiers, Burn! is a flawed film, but it's worth seeing for its tone of outrage and provocative ideas about colonialism, big business, and slavery.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...despite a number of positives...Burn! nevertheless remains oddly aloof...

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Elliott Stein
Village Voice

A flawed, but intriguing work, it offers, here and there, proof of Pontecorvo's gift for ecstatic epic filmmaking.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

It seems timeless in its shrewd political and economic observations. It is as relevant today as it was then.

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Shawn Levy

A fascinating museum piece from an era in which art and radical politics often mixed to vital result.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
An outstanding film, one of the unheard of Brando films, a young Brando at that. I came across a review in Shock Cinema Magazine the reason I got this film, and… More
Mike T.
Director Gillo Pontecorvo makes a wise choice in his employment of a gritty, bare-bones visual style for this picture. It serves very well to soak up the… More
Walter M.
In "Burn!" Santiago is dead, having been tortured and decapitated by the authorities for being the leader of a rebellion in the Portugese colony of… More
Kit X
In some areas, this film actually manages to be a progression from Pontecorvo's masterpiece Battle of Algiers, but unfortunately, the 'sinking… More
Cameron Johnson
Interesting how much an exclamation point can distinguish a generic title. ...So, yeah, anyways, "Earth was shakin', we stood and stared; when it… More