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The Sound and the Fury (2014)

TV-MA | | Drama | 23 October 2015 (USA)
A look at the trials and tribulations of the Compson family, living in the deep south during the early part of the 20th century.


James Franco


William Faulkner (novel), Matt Rager (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Benjy Compson
Tim Blake Nelson ... Father
Scott Haze ... Jason Compson IV
Loretta Devine ... Dilsey
Ahna O'Reilly ... Caddy Compson
Joey King ... Miss Quentin
Jacob Loeb ... Quentin Compson
Janet Jones ... Caroline Bascomb Compson
Dwight Henry ... Roskus
Logan Marshall-Green ... Dalton Ames
Jim Parrack ... Herbert Ames
Kylen Davis ... Luster
Brady Permenter ... Young Quentin Compson
Stella Allen ... Young Caddy Compson
Cody Farr Cody Farr ... Young Jason Compson


The lives and passions of the Compsons, a once proud Southern family caught in a tragic spiral of loss and misfortune. Based on the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner - considered among the 20th century's greatest works - "The Sound and The Fury" encapsulates the universal themes of social injustice, forbidden love and the death of honor. Written by Anon

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23 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'urlo e il furore See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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James Franco's and Tim Blake Nelson's third collaboration after As I Lay Dying (2013) and Child of God (2013). See more »


Version of Playwrights '56: The Sound and the Fury (1955) See more »

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Couldn't have been done better!
14 October 2016 | by mpauldaltonSee all my reviews

I might change my mind at some point, but ever since seeing this film I've been asking myself what, if anything, James Franco could have improved with this difficult adaptation of a difficult book, and I haven't thought of anything yet. The real question is whether a film-maker ought to revise the source material to make it easier for the public to understand. Yes, he should, is the answer if all that matters is the commercial viability of the film. No, he shouldn't, if he's creating a work of art, and that what Franco has done here. I didn't think he had it in him. If you've read the book a few times, enough to disentangle the narrative, you'll appreciate what's been done. The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 focuses on Benjy and his experiences. Because Benjy has no grasp of time, past and present are mixed up confusingly. One lovely touch in the film is the way that random thoughts of Benjy are heard in his sister's voice, because he has no voice of his own. Part 2 is the story of his mentally disturbed brother Quentin. In the film, as in the book, it helps to know that there are two Quentins. The other one is Benjy's sister Caddy's daughter. In the book, Quentin's story is interrupted by partially informative streams of consciousness. In the film, the conclusion you reach is that here is a deeply disturbed young man, just about able to pass himself off as 'normal'. Again, the flow of time is as disordered as the man. Part 3 is, finally, a coherent narrative structure, focusing on brother Jason, the man with the worst anger management problem in the world. The film has matched all three parts as well as a film possibly could, and if you hate it, as my partner did, then you'd probably hate the book, and I could understand why. But I have to say that James Franco has created one of the best-made films I've seen recently, and I admire him greatly for doing so. It makes me optimistic about the forthcoming 'In Dubious Battle'.

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