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The Reivers (1969)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 25 December 1969 (USA)
In turn-of-the-century Mississippi, an 11-year-old boy comes of age as two mischievous adult friends talk him into sneaking the family car out for a trip to Memphis and a series of adventures.

Director:

Mark Rydell
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve McQueen ... Boon
Sharon Farrell ... Corrie
Ruth White ... Miss Reba
Michael Constantine ... Mr. Binford
Clifton James ... Butch Lovemaiden
Juano Hernandez ... Uncle Possum
Lonny Chapman ... Maury
Will Geer ... Boss
Rupert Crosse Rupert Crosse ... Ned
Mitch Vogel ... Lucius
Diane Shalet Diane Shalet ... Hannah
Pat Randall Pat Randall ... May Ellen
Diane Ladd ... Phoebe
Ellen Geer ... Sally
Dub Taylor ... Dr. Peabody
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Storyline

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? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Boon is a reiver (that's a cheat, a liar, a brawler and womaniser) and he had just four days to teach young Lucius the facts of life (like cheating, lying, brawling and womanizing).

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief nudity, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

William Faulkner's The Reivers See more »

Filming Locations:

Carrolton, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Reivers, directed by Mark Rydell, who was a young actor in an episode of Wanted: Dead Or Alive with Steve McQueen, the star of this picture. The episode is "Criss-Cross" See more »

Goofs

When Boon, Ned and Lucius begin their trip to Memphis in the Winton the beginning of the scene is filmed in a traveling shot. As the journey proceeds we hear noticeably on the soundtrack the camera truck's motor in addition to the Winton's. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: And so we were three, three reivers high-tailing it for Memphis. Oh, "reivers". That's an old-fashioned word from my childhood. In plain English, I'm afraid it meant "thieves".
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Crazy Credits

and introducing Mitch Vogel as Lucius See more »

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A movie with special charm
16 June 2002 | by ShooturioutSee all my reviews

For a movie that starred one of the greatest box office stars of his time, based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by one America's greatest writers, "The Reivers" has continued to be something of an answer to a trivia question ("In what movie did Steve McQueen portray a semi-comic character involving a stolen automobile and a horse race?") I'm not sure of the reasons myself, but this movie has remained at the top of my "Favorite Movies" list since I first saw it in 1969. Maybe it was the out-of-character role of McQueen. Maybe it was the excellence of his supporting cast that includes Mitch Vogel, Rupert Crosse and Will Geer. Maybe it was the direction by Mark Rydell. Or maybe it was the outstanding score by John Williams (which has remained my favorite movie score of all time). Most likely, it is a combination of all the above. All I can say is that this movie has never lost its appeal for me. Watching the movie is like visiting an old friend with whom the passage of time will only strengthen the bonds of affection. This movie may not be for everybody, but I recommend it on the chance that you may be smitten by its special charm.


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