The Long, Hot Summer

1958 • 116 minutes
4.7
39 reviews
86%
Tomatometer
Eligible
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Ben Quick, a sullen but self-confident drifter, arrives in a small Mississippi town where his father had a bad reputation as a firebug. Will Varner, the town's patriarch, still holds a grudge against Quick's dad, and when the young man decides to stay in town and sharecrop on Varner's land, Will goes out of his way to make his life difficult. However, Will develops a grudging respect for Quick's guts and determination, and he wishes that his weak-willed son Jody could be more like him; Jody's wife Eula happens to agree. In time, Will gets the idea that Quick might be a good match for his daughter Clara and a better choice to take over his business dealings than Jody. However, neither Clara nor Quick care to be told what to do, and besides, Clara already has a beau, Alan Stewart who is led by the nose by his mother. However, sparks begin to fly between Clara and Quick, and when Jody fears he may lose his place as heir of Will's estate, he takes drastic action.
4.7
39 reviews
Pattite Winston
March 2, 2022
I LOVE THIS MOVIE! ITS SET IN THE COUNTRY WHICH I LOVE AND ITS SOO ROMANTIC, I T H I THOUGHT IT WAS DELIGHTFUL THAT HE AND JOANN GOT MARRIED IN REAL LIFE!
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RENEE WALKER
April 10, 2021
This is one of my very favorite movies, I love Paul Newman when he was young he was such a natural actor. And orson Welles is always perfect to me his nice alone is enough to put across any scenario. One of the best pieces Paul did with his wife, Joanne They had much chemistry anymore who appreciates the wry, humourous truth of Elia Kazan will love it!
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Susan Worline
August 16, 2021
I have always loved this movie Paul Newman is a wonderful actor... I'm very good looking!
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