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229 Ratings

The Long, Hot Summer

Directed by Martin Ritt
United States, 1958


Accused barn burner and con man Ben Quick arrives in a small Mississippi town and quickly ingratiates himself with its richest family, the Varners.

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The Long, Hot Summer Directed by Martin Ritt

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1958 | Winner: Best Actor

National Board of Review

1958 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Directors Guild of America

1959 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Writers Guild of America

1959 | Nominee: Best Written American Drama (Screen)

Critics reviews

Already it reveals his chief weakness: a total inability to make use of excellent actors (John Cassavetes in Edge of the City, Tony Randall in No Down Payment). This is proved once again in The Long Hot Summer, particularly in so far as Paul Newman, Anthony Franciosa and Lee Remick are concerned (look at the last two in A Face in the Crowd).
July 01, 1958

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