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The Long, Hot Summer

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20th Century Fox Released 1958

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Director:
Martin Ritt
Released:
1958
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The Long, Hot Summer is a 1958 drama directed by Martin Ritt. Based on the short stories of William Faulkner, the film follows Ben Quick (Paul Newman), a young drifter with a brash, extroverted personality and a dark side. Two impetuous young women, Clara Varner (Joanne Woodward) and Eula (Lee Remick), pick Ben up in their convertible and give him a ride to a small town in Mississippi. It turns out that Ben's reputation precedes him, since his now deceased father used to be a suspected arsonist and general troublemaker. Clara's father, Will (Orson Welles), owns most of the town and is less than happy to see his daughter bringing home the son of one of his enemies. Clara manages to get Ben a job at her father's store, and although Will keeps a wary eye on the young newcomer, he soon starts to admire Ben's assertive, ambitious personality. Will's own son, Jody (Anthony Franciosa), feels ignored in comparison, as does Clara's fiance, Alan (Richard Anderson). As Ben's presence begins to change the dynamics of the whole town, it seems that the summer's oppressive heat will never end.

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