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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.

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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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 »

Company Credits

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Final theatrical film of Rupert Crosse. See more »

Goofs

On the packaging for the 1993 VHS release of the movie, the music credit is given to Lalo Schifrin. John Williams wrote the score for the film and received an Oscar nomination for his efforts. 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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Featured in Steve McQueen: Man on the Edge (1990) See more »

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User Reviews

An underappreciated gem
8 August 2001 | by MoviemomSee all my reviews

A diverse group goes off on an adventure, each for his own reasons, and each comes back changed and much wiser. Romance, excitement, tough choices, new experiences, and a really great car -- what more can you ask for? In a just world, this would be considered a classic of the coming-of-age genre. It is one of McQueen's most complex and charming performances. Crosse, another actor who died much too young, is brilliant. It has some mature material, but it is a wonderful family movie to talk to kids 13 and up about what growing up really means.


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