The Long, Hot Summer
The Long, Hot Summer (1958)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1958
DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

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

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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

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TV Guide

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.

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Variety Staff

This picture is strikingly directed by Martin Ritt.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

[An] uneasy blend of three Faulkner short stories.

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Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide

The conclusion is surprising and quite exciting, as this self-contained little southern world unravels.

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Time Out

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).

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Emanuel Levy

This small-town family melodrama, a quintessential 1950s film in its themes and tensions, is well acted by Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Lee Remick.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

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.

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Reid Volk
Was hoping for the same magic that Ritt and Newman conjured up with the absolutely stellar "Hud." Instead, I got a fairly dry love story and a couple… More
jay nixon
Fun, old fashioned drama with humorous overtones. Orson Welles consumes the screen whenever he appears but the able cast pushes back and manages to hold their… More
Kevin M. Williams
A small town down south in Mississippi and a bit o'nothing of a man runs into a bit o'nothing of a family, newly well to do: can they rise above their… More
Tim Sigur
OK film that is brought to another level by it's extremely talented cast. First, you have Paul Newman who is his usual, cool self. Then there is the added… More
Conner Rainwater
It's funny that this is an adaptation of William Faulkner because it feels way more like a Tennessee Williams adaptation with all of the same quirks and… More
Saskia D.
I can't say anything constructive about this movie without mentioning Newman's Long, Hot.. looks. It could have been a little more steamy as far as… More