Based on the novel by William Faulkner, THE REIVERS tells the story of a young boy who leaves home and sets out on a journey with his best friend and Boon Hogganbeck (McQueen), his family?s handyman. During the trip from ... more »Jefferson to Memphis, the trio learns some valuable life lessons.« less
Paul J. from MONTGOMERY, AL Reviewed on 12/29/2016...
Fun movie. Not your typical Steve McQueen vehicle.
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A Great Faulkner Classic
Steve Rawlings | Denver, CO USA | 02/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"William Faulkner was one of America's greatest authors. His Pulitzer Prize winning works are renowned for his ability to capture, with affection and fascination, the culture and people of Mississippi...Southerners of all color, class, and gender. Many of Faulkner's stories evoke a somber tone of Southern Gothic tragedy based on his observations of racial intolerance, and the decline of traditional Southern values before the forces of greed and modernization. In contrast to his more serious works, "The Reivers" is light-hearted, comic, and thoroughly entertaining.The movie captures, with rich authenticity, the colorful characters of Faulkner's Mississippi. The cinematography and music evoke the sites and sounds of a picturesque South in 1905. The cast, including narration by Burgess Meredith, is impeccable. The movie centers on the joyriding adventures of 11-year old Lucius McCaslin, his cousin Boon Hogganback (Steve McQueen) and their black relation (Rupert Crosse). The story involves a stolen car, a 4-day odyssey from northern Mississippi to the `red light" district of Memphis, a horse race, and the life-changing experiences of young Lucius. Will Geer, as Lucius' grandfather "Boss," offers a memorable performance when he confronts the young boy with his misdeeds, proving again that the word is mightier than the hand. William Faulkner would be proud of this movie."
P. Opp | Denver, CO | 12/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In 1969 I was introduced to a movie that changed me. I wasn't sure what I wanted to be when I grew up and at 16, having the imagery and music of the Reivers wash over me convinced me that I wanted to become a filmmaker. The Narration of Burgess Meredith, the superb acting of Will Geer, the side of Steve McQueen that we hadn't seen often enough and the introduction of new young actor Mitch Vogel make this a well rounded movie experience. The supporting cast of Sharon Farrell, Michael Constantine and Oscar nominated Rupert Crosse give the characters and story true life. Add the souring yet folksy score of John Williams, the stunning cinematography of Richard Moore and you have the complete experience that takes you back to Mississippi in the early 1900s and reminds you why you go to the movies in the first place. "
A FORGOTTEN CLASSIC
Robin Simmons | Palm Springs area, CA United States | 06/04/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
Based on William Faulkner's sweetest novel, THE REIVERS (Paramount) is set in Mississippi, circa 1905.
Steve McQueen is Boon Hogganback, a cousin and handyman to the McCaslin family. When grandfather "Boss" McCaslin buys a new car, a yellow Winton Flyer, Boon talks eleven year old Lucius, "Boss's" grandson, into his scheme to "borrow" the car for a quick trip to Memphis to visit a prostitute with whom he's in love.
When "Boss" leaves for the weekend, the two reivers -- an old fashioned word for "thieves" -- take off in the car. Unknown to them, a black relation has stowed away under a blanket in the back seat. The four day odyssey is a coming of age adventure for young Lucius. He spends the night in a brothel, has a knife fight over a prostitue's honor, and races a horse to win back the car.
Beautifully photographed with one of John William's best scores, this fine film adaptation would probably delight Faulkner himself. McQueen is memorable as a lovable scamp and he seems to be having fun in the role.
The narration, from the perspective of an adult Lucius, is by Burgess Meredith and the poetic, wise words are Faulner's.
This wonderful, mostly forgotten film is worth seeking out.
Poignant, coming of age film to delight audiences all ages.
Robin Simmons | 09/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Reivers is a purely entertaining film about a young boy who is introduced to an adult world at the turn of the century. Perfectly cast and well- written, this film is sure to delight all audiences. Steve McQueen is at his best, and Mitch Vogel will win your heart. Pure enjoyment!"