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Long Hot Summer

Paul Newman , Joanne Woodward , Martin Ritt    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Paul Newman has his glorious youthful swagger in this southern-fried melodrama, which marked his first picture with Joanne Woodward (they married after shooting ended). The script is a melange of William Faulkner stories, although it appears more under the influence of Tennessee Williams and Picnic than the Nobel Prize winner. Drifter Newman catches the eye of schoolmarm Woodward and her father, a rural Mississippi bigshot (Orson Welles). This is not one of Welles's better moments; he appears to be conducting make-up experiments. There is some enjoyable flapdoodle along the way, in the Freud-meets-Gone with the Wind manner of '50s southern cooking, but the ending is embarrassingly compromised. The same production team would leave out the box-office concessions a few years later on Hud. A studly Newman justifies this description of his character: "I wish I was Ben Quick. He's got the whole state of Mississippi to graze on." --Robert Horton

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Genre: Drama
Rating: NR
Release Date: 0000-00-00
Media Type: DVD


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4.0 out of 5 stars Steam Heat Oct. 14 2003
I rated this film with four stars though on most measurable levels, it is worthy of maybe three. The plot is a montage, some say mish-mash of Faulkner's literary works. Still, the film works..... most of the time. Jerry Wald's production has 1950's sensibilities written all over it. A real strength of this film lies in the charismatic on-screen performance of young Paul Newman's Ben Quick and his incendiary relationship with Orson Welles' Will Varner. It is said the editing room had to re-do much of Welles' dialogue to make it intelligible for the audience. Whatever. I am fascinated by virtually every word uttered in Welles' quirky interpretation of a portly, gravelly voiced redneck hell-bent to leave his greasy thumbprint on all who would come under his influence. For 62 year old Varner to race about town in a Jeep as his personal conveyance of choice completes the picture of a man unbowed in the presence of all others. Eager to marry his daughter off to perpetuate his legacy, Will encouraged Ben anyway he could. In all things, he could be demanding and callous, yet in a rare display of affection, Will uncharacteristically and tenderly explained to his sensitive daughter Clara, (Joanne Woodward) "Sometimes the strong just rolls over the weak." Angela Lansbury played Minnie LittleJohn, a retired women of the evening. As an inevitable consequence of age, her world weariness and palpable sense of urgency that time was running out expedited a patient and sincere pursuit of Will for his hand in marriage. Richard Anderson portrayed Alan Stewart, Clara's long-time supposed suitor, an elegant, tasteful and honorable southern gentleman. Outed by an impatient Varner, and forced to declare his sexual orientation, he had to finally declare his unsuitability for Clara's hand in marriage. Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lacks credibility Jan. 8 2014
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This collection of characters swirling around a boorish, self-centred and unpleasant though powerful man, end up accepting him somehow. I don't like the boor, and I don't understand the thinking of the rest of the cast. They come across as either shallow, self-serving, or incomprehensible to me.
Esther Klein
Ottawa, ON
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4.0 out of 5 stars Paul NEWMAN June 15 2013
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Un film d'été et de souvenir à regarder j'ai adorer l'histoire de ce film et les acteurs(trices) que dire de Paul Newman dans ce rôle qui lui va bien. Une grande découverte d'un vieux film des années 50.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A long Hot Summer Jan. 25 2010
The whole ordering process was very good however the estimated delivery time was off buy about 8 days but the DVD was excellent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the Long Hot Summer May 29 2009
The movie (DVD) the Long Hot Summer was ordered for my husband who kept mentioning how much he loved the movie, his favorite, which he had seen many many years ago, starring Paul Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward. We looked for the movie to rent (could not find anywhere), or to buy (also could not find anywhere). When we received a gift certificate for Amazon, I immediately checked to see if this movie was available, and it was. I ordered it, received it promptly, and we both enjoyed it very much. A very good movie, well acted. Nice memory of Paul Newman - one of my husband's favorite actors. He's young and very handsome and charming, as he tries his best to prove himself and to earn the respect of the new town people (especially Joanne Woodward, and her very influencial family who have given him work) and clear his reputation, as he is being accused of a crime people believe he committed in his previous town. It's very interesting to see what happens between Paul and this family. A true classic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A LONG HOT SIZZLER WITH EXTRAS TO BOOT May 20 2003
By Nix Pix
"The Long Hot Summer" was (for its time)a steamy study of sexual repression and sensual misbehavior. It starred Paul Newman as a drifter accused of barn burning who sets up house-keeping with the daughter (Joanne Woodward) of a rich plantation owner (Orson Welles). The on screen chemistry is certainly there and why not. This film just happened to be the catalyst for the real life romance between Newman and Woodward. Contextualizing the fact that the censors still reigned supreme during the time of its production, "The Long Hot Summer" still proved to be a smoldering, sexy drama fraught with tension and chaos.
THE TRANSFER: Fox has done a particularly nice job on remastering this movie. Yes, the flicker of scene changes (inherant in all early Cinemascope films)remains present and yes, color consistancy leaves something to be desired. But over all, colors are nicely balanced, if showing slight fading. Contrast and shadow levels are well represented. Pixelization, shimmering and edge enhancement, though all present, are kept to a bare minimum. The audio is Stereo surround and, even though considerably dated, still manages to have a hearty kick in all of the speakers.
EXTRAS: Very nice - the Backstory featurette that details the production of the film, a Paul Newman gallery, original movietone snippet and the film's theatrical trailer.
BOTTOM LINE: This is a nice presentation and a pretty good film besides. At the extremely economical price that Fox has advertised it at, "The Long Hot Summer" is guaranteed to burn up your DVD player.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Infinitely superior to the Don Johnson remake. April 22 2003
By praecox
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The TV-movie version of "The Long, Hot Summer" suffers from miscasting (Judith Ivey was passable, but just, and I can't decide if Don Johnson's attempt to fill Paul Newman's shoes represents touching bravery or misguided arrogance), dreadful accents, and jarring anachronisms.
This film, the 1958 original, leaves it in the dust. Newman and Woodward generate palpable heat, and Orson Welles--clammy, jowly, bullfrog-voiced, crudely vigorous--is unforgettable as a classically bullying, overbearing Southern patriarch. In contrast to the pallid TV remake, it features a top cast whose work transcends the sometimes creaky melodrama of the plot. Nearly every white Southern archetype is brought to life: the brutish, domineering, castrating patriarch; the arch, charming, coyly seductive belle with hot pants; the aging good-time girl, simultaneously randy and prim, with her eye on the prize of a rich widower; the hotheaded but weak son and heir, cuckolded by his wife and utterly dominated by his father, whom he both adores and despises; the sharp-tongued old maid, smoldering with repressed fire, who just needs a "real man" to take the place of her suspiciously lukewarm long-term suitor; and, of course, the roguish, charming, sexy, potentially dangerous outsider, spiritual heir to Rhett Butler, who gets both the community and the heroine in a lather. There's even a lynch mob--chasing a white man, for a change.
Skip the TV-movie remake, which at best is a clunky imitation, in favor of the classic--if for no other reason than to see Paul Newman, at the peak of his beauty, in an undershirt. If that's not inducement enough, it's also marvelously cast, scripted, acted, and directed, and it captures Southern family dynamics with humor, pathos, and wince-inducing accuracy. Florence King would be proud.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Dangerous Drifter
Paul Newman plays another one of his cocky, dangerous characters in this story of a drifter who moves into a small Mississippi town dominated by fatcat Orson Welles. Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2002 by James L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Six Stars for The Long Hot Summer
If it was possible I would give this movie six stars!
While others may view Cat On A Hot Tin Roof as a better movie I feel TLHS is without a doubt the BEST movie. Read more
Published on June 7 2002 by Deborah F. Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Southern soaper! Quintessential 50s flick!
OK, this is the one everyone mixes up with "Cat on A Hot Tin Roof." It's the Tennessee Williams movie that was really based on William Faulkner, but still FEELS like... Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2001 by Gregor von Kallahann
5.0 out of 5 stars This video is as "hot" as its name
Adapted from some William Faulkner stories, this 1958 film certainly lives up to its name. It is "hot". Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2001 by Linda Linguvic
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CLASSIC!!!
I loved this movie!!!I keep watching it again and agian.Director Martin Ritt made this movie work.This is a moody drama,adapted from Faulkner Story,about small- town lovers... Read more
Published on July 11 2001 by Vincent Donato
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot indeed!
Wow! This is definitly a barn burner. Newman and Woodward are just perfect in this film. The chemistry on and off screen between the two is obvious. No false moves on their parts. Read more
Published on July 10 2001 by Square_Eyes
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