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Intruder in the Dust

Who shot Vinson Gowrie in the back? The jailhouse at Jefferson, Mississippi, may not hold the actual killer, but it does have the suspect an angry lynch mob wants: Lucas Beauchamp.
Intruder in the Dust
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 27 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: February 1, 2011
  • Originally Released: 1949
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Audio:
    • English

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Entertainment Reviews:

Fresh100%

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Total Count: 7

Upright79%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 204
Powerhouse mix of racial drama and mystery, vividly shot on location in Mississippi. Full Review
Classic Film and Television
Aug 2, 2013
Rating: A -- A brilliantly accomplished "racial bias" cycle film of the 1940s. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Feb 5, 2005
Denis' film -- which may be her most intricately constructed and intensely beautiful to date -- is one that transcends words and stories, a movie to be felt rather than rationalized. Full Review
L.A. Weekly
Mar 16, 2006
Rating: 3/4 -- Paula Deen apologists, take note: This MGM adaptation of Faulkner's novel demonstrates that the N-word was recognized as ugly and hurtful even in 1949 -- even in Mississippi, where it certainly was heard with some frequency. Full Review
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Jul 12, 2013
Intruder in the Dust is a dynamic move, one of the most sincere ever to be mode in Hollywood. Full Review
California Eagle
Oct 30, 2019

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Who shot Vinson Gowrie in the back? The jailhouse at Jefferson, Mississippi, may not hold the actual killer, but it does have the suspect an angry lynch mob wants: Lucas Beauchamp, who has long refused to exhibit the obsequious attitude expected of black people in Jefferson. Based on William Faulkner's novel and filmed in his hometown of Oxford, Intruder in the Dust is both a gripping whodunit and a milestone of social-conscience filmmaking. Claude Jarman, Jr. (reunited with director Clarence Brown of The Yearling) plays the youth whose troubled sense of right makes him a catalyst in solving the mystery. And Juano Hernandez is memorable as Lucas: proud, perceptive, strong - words that also describe this superb film named one of 1949's 10 Best by the National Board of Review.

Product Description:

A young boy learns about the power of racial inequality in this groundbreaking film based on William Faulkner's 1948 novel. Lucas Beauchamp (Juano Hernandez), a proud, intelligent black man living in the Deep South, has just been arraigned for the murder of a white man. It's a crime for which he's going to jail. But Lucas is barely in the jailhouse a few hours before an angry white mob starts fixin' to lynch him. His Caucasian brethren have never been pleased with Lucas's fancy clothes, stately manner, or "uppity" attitude. These folks wouldn't dream of letting him serve time peacefully; they want to "make him a nigger first." But a young white boy named Chick (Claude Jarman Jr.)--whom Lucas had earlier saved from harm--uncovers evidence that might prove his innocence. Desperate to save Lucas, Chick convinces his lawyer uncle (David Brian) to defend Lucas, and, with the help of a young black friend (Elzie Emanuel) and a feisty older white woman (Elizabeth Patterson), they set out to prove Lucas's innocence. This sophisticated drama from the multitalented Clarence Brown honestly portrays racial strife and injustice mixed with a sense of hope, humor, and realism.

Plot Synopsis:

A black man is accused of murder in a small southern town, and the townspeople want him lynched.

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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 12,048
  • UPC: 883316317006
  • Shipping Weight: 0.27/lbs (approx)
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