The Reivers (1969)

Dec 25, 1969 | Comedy, Drama, General Film

Director: Mark Rydell

Writer(s): William Faulkner (novel); Harriet Frank Jr., Irving Ravetch

Starring: Steve McQueen, Sharon Farrell, Ruth White, Michael Constantine, Clifton James, Juano Hernandez, Lonny Chapman, Will Geer, Rupert Crosse, Mitch Vogel, Diane Shalet, Pat Randall, Diane Ladd, Ellen Geer, Dub Taylor, Allyn Ann McLerie, Charles Tyner, Lindy Davis, Shug Fisher, Raymond Guth, Logan Ramsey, Jon Shank, Gloria Calomee, Sara Taft, Vinnette Carroll, Lou Frizzell, John McLiam, Roy Barcroft, R.N. Bullard, Ogden Talbot, Michael Hinn, Bert Conway, Billy Green Bush, John J. Fox, Owen Bush, James Rawley, Al Hopson, Wes Fuller, Ella Mae Brown, Florence St. Peter, Jim Goodwin, Burgess Meredith, Frank Baker, Beverlee McKinsey, Robert Robinson, Max Wagner

Synopsis: An old man looks back 60 years to a road trip from rural Mississippi to Memphis, a horse race, and his own coming of age. Lucius’s grandfather gets the first automobile in the area, a bright yellow Winton Flyer. While he’s away, the plantation handyman, Boon Hogganbeck, conspires to borrow the car, taking Lucius with him. Stowed away is Ned, a mulatto and Lucius’s putative cousin. The three head for Memphis, where Boon’s sweetheart works in a whorehouse, where Ned trades the car for a racehorse, and where Lucius discovers the world of adults – from racism and vice to possibilities for honor and courage. Is there redemption for reivers, rascals, and rapscallions?

Release Date: December 25, 1969 (USA) | Length: 107 min | Genre: Comedy, Drama | MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief nudity, language and thematic elements.

Note: I didn’t find a trailer for the movie, above is a clip from the film.