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      Intruder in the Dust

      Released Oct 10, 1949 1h 29m Drama List
      93% Tomatometer 43 Reviews 83% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Lucas Beauchamp (Juano Hernandez) is a strong, proud African-American man accused of murder in small-town Mississippi in the 1940s. As the town's white residents prepare to lynch him, a teenage boy named Chick (Claude Jarman Jr.) whom Beauchamp had once saved from drowning becomes convinced of the man's innocence, and races to discover the real murderer before it's too late. This film, adapted from William Faulkner's 1948 novel, was made on location in his hometown of Oxford, Mississippi. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Like the William Faulkner classic it's adapted from, Intruder in the Dust confronts American racism with skilled storytelling and unflinching courage.

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      Mildred Martin Philadelphia Inquirer As producer and director, Brown has maintained brilliant balance between the film's melodrama and its powerful social message. Jan 29, 2021 Full Review Marjory Adams Boston Globe Intruder in the Dust is not only a great social document but an engrossing, thrilling story of courage and passion. Jan 29, 2021 Full Review Kate Cameron New York Daily News While we may not like what we see on the screen, we must admit that Brown's intention in capturing the Faulkner yarn on film was a meritorious one. Rated: 3/4 Jan 29, 2021 Full Review Donald Kirkley Baltimore Sun Intruder in the Dust is the latest of the four fine screen studies of race problems In this country, and it is in some ways the best. Sep 28, 2022 Full Review Harold Rogers Christian Science Monitor In this difficult role Juano Hernandez turns in a sensitive and restrained performance. Aug 17, 2022 Full Review Ralph Ellison The Reporter The great significance of the definition of Lucas Beauchamp's role in Intruder in the Dust is that it makes explicit the nature of Hollywood's changed attitude. Jan 25, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Andy M This is the best film I never heard of, and now my favorite pre-60s black-and-white drama. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member A story by Mount Faulkner put to film near the time and era it was written. Excellent. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review steve d A powerful story well told. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Frances H In some ways this film seems to be a precursor to To Kill A Mockingbird, but then becomes a murder mystery. It is from a classic book, with a great script and cast, and is unusual for 1949 in that it treats very realistically with race relations in the South, but still of its time in its belief in ultimate justice. The revelation of just who the murderer is makes me think of a line a line spoken by Alec Guiness in Doctor Zhivago. A true movie buff will know who the murderer is from this clue alone. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/20 Full Review Audience Member A must see film. A mirror of the racial injustice that was so prevalent in the south during this time period. Juano Hernandez(Lucas) plays the elder statesman. Intelligent, Hard Working and of course framed. David Brian, (Most notably known for his stellar Film Noir work) is outstanding. The Film is dark and raw. An important film that educates as much as it entertains. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member The best movie ever made! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Lucas Beauchamp (Juano Hernandez) is a strong, proud African-American man accused of murder in small-town Mississippi in the 1940s. As the town's white residents prepare to lynch him, a teenage boy named Chick (Claude Jarman Jr.) whom Beauchamp had once saved from drowning becomes convinced of the man's innocence, and races to discover the real murderer before it's too late. This film, adapted from William Faulkner's 1948 novel, was made on location in his hometown of Oxford, Mississippi.
      Director
      Clarence Brown
      Producer
      Clarence Brown
      Production Co
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 10, 1949, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 1, 2012
      Runtime
      1h 29m
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