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Sanctuary (1961)

William Faulkner's steamy tale set in the South in the 1920s. Governer's daughter is seduced and raped by a Cajun who returns after she's married to cause her further trouble.

Director:

Tony Richardson

Writers:

Ruth Ford (adaptation), James Poe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Remick ... Temple Drake
Yves Montand ... Candy Man
Bradford Dillman ... Gowan Stevens
Harry Townes ... Ira Bobbitt
Odetta Odetta ... Nancy Mannigoe
Howard St. John ... Governor Drake
Jean Carson ... Norma
Reta Shaw ... Miss Reba
Strother Martin ... Dog Boy
William Mims William Mims ... Lee
Marge Redmond ... Flossie
Jean Bartel Jean Bartel ... Swede
Hope Du Bois Hope Du Bois ... Mamie
Pamela Raymond Pamela Raymond ... Cora
Dona Lorenson Dona Lorenson ... Connie
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William Faulkner's Deep South drama of tragedy and expose of a "proper" community riddled with moral decay to the household of a governor of Mississippi during the 1920's. The governor's cherished and properly married daughter makes an astonishing confession to the governor just before the execution of a household servant for the murder of the daughter's baby. Written by alfiehitchie

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"Candy man...I want my Candy man..." See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1961 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Sanctuary See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Version of The Story of Temple Drake (1933) See more »

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Sanctuary
Music by Alex North
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman (as Marilyn Keith)
Performed by Julie London
Trombone: Richard Nash (uncredited)
Guitar: Tommy Tedesco (uncredited)
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Complete distortion of Faulkner's novel
10 May 2018 | by timoconnorSee all my reviews

Other than the overt racism and sexual repression of the era when this movie was made, I cannot think of a single reason for the total rewrite of Faulkner's powerful novel about the seamy underside of life in the Depression era south. And to pin the murder on the nanny, WOW! The novel ends with the execution of a completely innocent man who refuses to defend himself for a set of very complex reasons. Perhaps the producers felt they had to "dumb it down" for a simple minded movie audience.


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