The Southerner
The Southerner (1945)

The Southerner was Jean Renoir's favorite of his American films. Shot on location, the film stars Zachary Scott as a sharecropper who yearns for a place of his own. On a tiny, scraggly patch of land, Scott tries to make a go of things,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1945
DVD Release Date: July 6, 1999
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

It may be trenchant realism, but these are times when there is a greater need. Escapism is the word.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Jean Renoir's 1945 examination of dirt farmers in the American south is probably his finest Hollywood film, which is to say a masterpiece.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Essential viewing.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Renoir's most successful American film, loose, free-flowing, honest.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The land is pictured as being so real that you can almost taste it.

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TV Guide

A remarkably naturalistic portrayal of one family's struggle to start a farm in the South.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A rich, unusual and sensitive delineation of a segment of the American scene well worth filming and seeing.

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Emanuel Levy

Made while Frenchman Renoir was in Hollywood in exile, this rural portrait is a better film than Swamp Water, showing the helmer's penchant for meticulous attention to detail and lyrical realism, for which he received his only directing Oscar nomination

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You can almost feel the land and sense the spirit guiding this most heartfelt of movies.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Adam Mahler
Not sure if it was the terrible audio, but I liked this so much more after re-watching. The critical controversy about this when it came out was the question of… More
John Ballantine
Jean Renoir's American tale is a fabulous exposition of life in the Depression for a man who does what he needs to do to survive. It remains a little known… More
Cindy I
A man and his family -- including a gripey old grandmother entertainingly played by Beulah Bondi -- buy land and try to make it on their own as cottton farmers… More
cody franklin
Good film from Jean Renoir about how much it sucks to be a farmer. The film is about a farmer and his family trying to grow cotton in Texas and all of their… More
jay nixon
beautifully acted