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The Klansman (1974)




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Samuel Fuller was originally set to direct this turgid racial melodrama but jumped ship, replaced by Terence Young. Lee Marvin stars as Sheriff Bascomb, the entire law enforcement department in a small Southern town, who is trying to keep a lid on local Ku Klux Klan activity. But racial tensions first simmer and then explode when Nancy Poteet (Linda Evans) is raped and the town's mayor Hardy (David Huddleston), who is also the head of the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, blames an innocent black man for the crime. Also involved in the proceedings is local landowner Breck Stancill (Richard Burton), who must have modeled his Southern accent on the soupy delivery of James Mason in Mandingo.

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Lee Marvin
as Sheriff Track Bascomb
Richard Burton
as Breck Stancill
Cameron Mitchell
as Butt Cutt Cates
Lola Falana
as Loretta Sykes
David Huddleston
as Mayor Hardy
Linda Evans
as Nancy Poteet
Spence Wil-Dee
as Willy Washington
Hoke Howell
as Bobby Poteet
Eve Christopher
as Mrs. Martha Shaneyfelt
Edward Call
as Mr. Shaneyfelt
Robert Porter
as Rev. Josh Franklin
Larry Williams
as Lightning Rod
Lee de Broux
as Rev. Alverson
Wendell Wellman
as Alan Bascomb
Susan Brown
as Maybelle Bascomb
Gary L. Catus
as Charles Peck
John Alderson
as Vernon Hodo
John Pearce
as Taggart
Vic Perrin
as Hector
Virgil Frye
as Johnson
Jeannie Bell
as Mary Anne
Morgan Upton
as Reporter
Ed Call
as Shanefelt
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Critic Reviews for The Klansman

All Critics (9)

Nearly all of the protagonists' choices are reprehensible - sometimes worse than the white-hooded, cross-burning antagonists themselves.

August 30, 2020 | Rating: 1/10 | Full Review…

The film is hysterical to the point of laughter and dangerously misguided to boot.

December 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Why Is it that when almost any film is set in the Deep South, normally sane writers, directors, and actors are inspired to lose their wits completely, feel that anything goes, and vie with each other as to who can make the cauldron bubble faster?

October 29, 2019 | Full Review…

The final part is quite memorable, bizarre and without grayscale. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 13, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a shame that the first part of the plot that promises an important film then disintegrates into a story of violence and crimes. [Full Review in Spanish]

July 16, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a Hollywood movie with the great Lee Marvin giving a morally complex performance opposite a noticeably intoxicated Richard Burton.

October 31, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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