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The ReiversBest Available format is DVD, which is Presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
|A reiver is a cheat, a liar, a brawler and womaniser.
Based on William Faulkner's Pulitzer Prize-Winning novel.
Nominated for 2 Academy Awards and 2 Golden Globe Awards.
|Boon and young Lucius|
The Reivers is set in the Deep South in the early 1900's, with Steve, as man-child Boon Hogganbeck, traveling to Memphis, Tennessee, in a 'borrowed' 1905 Yellow Winton Flyer automobile.
He is accompanied on his journey by an 11-year-old boy named Lucius (played by Mitch Vogel), and the boy's older second cousin Ned (played by Rupert Crosse). The story follows their adventurous and comedic mishaps along the way, and is narrated by Burgess Meredith (as an 'older' Lucius) looking back on his boyhood.
|Boon and Ned|
Coming out only one year after the enormous success of Bullitt, and fearing that the studio might misleadingly present the film as a "Bullitt II", McQueen demanded of the studio that The Reivers be marketed honestly, without any misleading press. He was not however happy with the studio's final promotion, which he felt depicted him as the "village idiot".
In spite of recieving two Academy Award nominations (Best Supporting Actor for Rupert Crosse, and Best Original Movie Score for John Williams), and two Golden Globe nominations (Best Actor for McQueen and Best Supporting Actor for Mitch Vogel) The Reivers was only a modest success (20 Million dollars US Box Office). It failed to sell tickets outside the US.
Clearly his fan base was somewhat dissapointed with this film as a follow up to Bullitt.
|You'd have thought that after the limited success of his previous two
comedies, The Honeymoon Machine (1961) and Soldier In The Rain (1963)
he would have had enough of humorous roles.|
After The Reivers Steve McQueen finally decided never to do out-and-out comedy again.
|Most of the film was shot on location in and around Carrolton, Mississippi,
but it also features horserace scenes which were filmed
at the Disney Ranch in California.|
By the way, it was through the film's director (Mark Rydell) that Steve was introduced to his first wife, Neile Adams, back in 1955 in Greenwich Village, New York. I guess Steve felt he needed to return the favor?
|Co-Reviewed by Dave Kaeser and Darren Wright|