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Sanctuary (1961)





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Combining elements from William Faulkner's novel Sanctuary, its sequel Requiem for a Nun, and a stage adaptation of Requiem for a Nun by Ruth Ford, director Tony Richardson's film is set in 1920s Mississippi and recounts the story of Temple Drake (Lee Remick), a young, lustful white woman who falls for a man who rapes her, only to marry another when she is told that her lover has died. The story is told as a flashback in an attempt to explain what led to the film's present, in which a black maid is on trial for the murder of Temple's baby. This was Richardson's first film made for a studio; he agreed to make Sanctuary to fund his next film, A Taste of Honey. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi


Lee Remick
as Temple Drake
Yves Montand
as Candy Man
Bradford Dillman
as Gowan Stevens
Odetta Guthrie
as Nancy Mannigoe
Harry Townes
as Ira Bobbitt
as Nancy Mannigoc
Howard St. John
as Governor Drake
Reta Shaw
as Miss Reba
Kim Hector
as Bucky Stevens
Wilton Felder
as Musician
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It is poker-faced and chilly and ridiculous. when it should have been rich and gory and circuitous and steamy and (perhaps) tragic.

July 18, 2018 | Full Review…

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