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The Klansman [1974]

Director:Terence Young
Writer:Millard Kaufman
Samuel Fuller
Composer:Dale O. Warren
Stu Gardner
Length:112 minutes
(1 hour 52 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Sorting Category:Thriller
IMDB Rating:4.8/10
Amazon Rating:2.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: As a small town is preparing for a black vote demonstration, the locak Klan gets its hackles up and the race tensions enflame.

Reaction: Heavy on the drama quite provocative, especially for the time it came out. It has something to say, but it isn't quite entertaining enough for me as it is.

Personal Rating: 4/10

Terence Young => Director
Millard Kaufman => Writer
Samuel Fuller => Writer
Dale O. Warren => Composer
Stu Gardner => Composer
Cameron Mitchell => Butt Cutt Cates
David Huddleston => Mayor Hardy Riddle
Ed Call => Shaneyfelt
Jeannie Bell => Mary Anne (as Jeanie Bell)
John Alderson => Vernon Hodo - a redneck
Larry Williams [II] => Lightning Rod
Lee de Broux => Rev. Alverson
Lee Marvin => Sheriff Track Bascomb
Linda Evans => Nancy Poteet
Lola Falana => Loretta Sykes
Luciana Paluzzi => Trixie
O.J. Simpson => Garth
Richard Burton => Breck Stancill
Robert Porter => Rev. Josh Franklin
The Staple Singers => Themselves (as The Staple Singers)
Vic Perrin => Hector

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Shortly after filming had ended, Richard Burton was hospitalized at an American clinic to be treated for his alcoholism.
  • Richard Burton and Lee Marvin were both drinking heavily during filming. At one point Burton confided to Marvin that he would like to play a cop in a film set in New York, but couldn't trust himself to do a convincing American accent. (His accent in this film was widely ridiculed, particularly since it wavered throughout the movie). Marvin replied, "But Richard, you're a great actor. You can learn." Burton apparently treasured the compliment for the rest of his life.
  • Co-writer Samuel Fuller was originally set to direct, but walked off the project.
  • Samuel Fuller submitted a screenplay that was almost completely different from what was filmed. Among other things, the Lee Marvin character was not a sheriff, but a KKK leader whose racist viewpoint is completely changed around. However, Paramount got nervous about the provocative nature of the screenplay and ordered it rewritten, infuriating Fuller (who left the project because of this) and Marvin (who wanted out but had already signed a contract.)
  • With a budget of $5,000,000 it was the most expensive film ever produced by an African-American ([?] William Alexander) at that time.
  • Part of the Public Domain.