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The Chase (1966)

The escape of Bubber Reeves from prison affects the inhabitants of a small Southern town.

Director:

Arthur Penn

Writers:

Horton Foote (based on the novel and play "The Chase"), Lillian Hellman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlon Brando ... Calder
Jane Fonda ... Anna
Robert Redford ... Bubber
E.G. Marshall ... Val Rogers (as E. G. Marshall)
Angie Dickinson ... Ruby Calder
Janice Rule ... Emily Stewart
Miriam Hopkins ... Mrs. Reeves
Martha Hyer ... Mary Fuller
Richard Bradford ... Damon Fuller
Robert Duvall ... Edwin Stewart
James Fox ... Jason Rogers (Jake)
Diana Hyland ... Elizabeth Rogers
Henry Hull ... Briggs
Jocelyn Brando ... Mrs. Briggs
Katherine Walsh ... Verna Dee
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Storyline

Most everyone in town thinks that Sheriff Calder is merely a puppet of rich oil-man Val Rogers. When it is learned that local baddie Bubber Reeves has escaped prison, Rogers' son is concerned because he is having an affair with Reeves' wife. It seems many others in town feel they may have reasons to fear Reeves. Calder's aim is to bring Reeves in alive, unharmed. Calder will have to oppose the powerful Rogers on one hand and mob violence on the other, in his quest for justice. Written by Buxx Banner <bux572@aol.com>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 April 1966 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

De bezeten jacht See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,000,000, 31 December 1966
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Williams thought this movie would be his big break, but after working on the film for three months, he had just a small part. See more »

Goofs

When Bubber is climbing along the roof of the train, it is coming towards the viewer. He then swings down into an open door of a freight car on the right hand side of the screen. The next shots show Bubber with the open door in the background on the right hand of the screen, but now the train is going away from the viewer. There is now a road running beside the train and there are orchards of trees that were not there before. See more »

Quotes

Val Rogers: Bubber, let Jake walk forward. And if he's all right, I'll give you my car and see that you get out of here without anyone bothering you.
Charlie 'Bubber' Reeves: He can do that?
Jason 'Jake' Rogers: Yeah. He can do that.
Charlie 'Bubber' Reeves: Huh! What a world.
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A much underrated classic
1 December 2010 | by david-greene5See all my reviews

At the time of its initial release, few of us knew of the behind-the-scenes problems that beset director, Arthur Penn as he directed "The Chase". I, and many others attended the show and, in 1966, its impact was really astounding. What some critics and viewers take as a rather slow, meandering opening section of the film, I found to be an engrossing study of life in a small Southern town, somewhat low-key and slow-paced, but with a slowly emerging sense of its underlying tensions and conflicts. The news that a local boy has escaped from prison and is headed back to town, serves as the catalyst that eventually brings everything to a boil. Issues such as racism, class conflict, and the effects of evil gossip, come into play as a host of characters find themselves drawn into an ugly crescendo of hatred and fear. The manner in which it all ultimately explodes into a succession of violent scenes left me, and many others I knew, utterly blown away. The shock value and the way it caused us to ponder the meaning of it all long afterward can not be understated. See it now and various elements that reflect common shortcomings in the way big Hollywood productions of the era dealt with such material are far more obvious than they were then. Some dialog doesn't ring true, some of the larger-scale scenes seem overproduced. All the same, it remains a remarkable film, amazingly well acted.


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