The Reivers PG-13

Boon is a reiver (that's a cheat, a liar, a brawler and womaniser) and he had just four days to teach young Lucius the facts of life (like cheating, lying, brawling and womanizing).
The Reivers
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  • Rated: PG-13
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: June 14, 2005
  • Originally Released: 1969
  • Label: Paramount
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English
    • Mono - English
    • Stereo - French

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 5


User Ratings: 1,119
Rating: 3/4 -- The Reivers is a pleasant, wholesome, straightforward movie of the sort (as they say) they don't make anymore. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Oct 24, 2004
A rambling and pointless movie. Full Review
Oct 2, 2019
Rating: B -- A well acted adaptation of William Faulkner's last novel, offering good roles for Steve McQueen and Rupert Cross, only the second black to receive an oscar nomination by 1969. Full Review
Jul 18, 2011
Rating: B- -- Fine adventure tale. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Sep 13, 2010

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It's a grand and spectacular "horseless carriage" - a shiny yellow 1950 Winton Flyer automobile. Its owner is Mississippi plantation owner "Boss" (Will Geer), who has left it sitting unattended. But hired hand Boon Hogganbeck (Steve McQueen) decides it would be the ideal vehicle to take him and his buddy, stable hand Ned McCaslin (Oscar nominee Rupert Crosse), on a glorious, whirlwind jaunt to distant Memphis. And along for the ride is Boss' earnest 12-year-old grandson, Lucius (Mitch Vogel), who finds himself reluctantly drafted to be the third "reiver" (an old Scottish word for "thief") aboard his grandfather's car. So starts a bumpy journey that sweeps the trio into encounters with both Boon's raucous gal pal (Sharon Farrell) at a brothel and a corrupt racist sheriff, as well as a spellbinding, winner-takes-all horse race - with ownership of the Winton Flyer at stake! Based on William Faulkner's esteemed novel, The Reivers is an irresistible slice-of-life adventure directed by Mark Rydell (The Rose, On Golden Pond) and featuring John Williams' Oscar-nominated musical score.

Product Description:

Based on William Faulkner's novel, THE REIVERS is a coming-of-age story laced with adventure and comedy. Young Lucius McCaslin (Mitch Vogel) leaves home and sets off on a journey with Boon (Steve McQueen), the family handyman, who is a reiver (cheating philanderer); and his best friend, Ned (Rupert Crosse). The three set off for the big city, where the boy, inspired by Boon, learns some valuable lessons about the world. A delightful piece of southern Americana, director Mark Rydell's THE REIVERS is witty and filled with lively action. The score by John Williams and the superb cinematography enhance the richly fleshed-out characters. McQueen, in particular, gives one of the most memorable--and often underrated--performances of his career.

Plot Synopsis:

THE REIVERS is an adventurous tale of a young boy who leaves home and sets off on a journey with two devil-may-care older friends. This delightful piece of Americana is based on William Faulkner's prize-winning novel and directed by Mark Rydell.


Production Notes:

  • THE REIVERS was shot in Mississippi prior to the civil rights revolution, and the crew came across racial tension regarding the scenes between the African American Crosse and the young blonde actress Sharon Farrell.
  • Mark Rydell replaced both John Huston and William Wyler as director on the film.
  • Rydell and Steve McQueen attended the Neighborhood Playhouse acting school together in New York.

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