The Reivers

Period charm accounts for much of the mild enjoyment to be had from this sunnily nostalgic adaptation of William Faulkner's novel about an unholy trio - small boy (Vogel), dimwitted young buck (McQueen) and wily black (Crosse) - who 'borrow' a 1905 Winton Flyer and drive triumphantly off to Memphis for three days of illicit pleasure. The message about how his experiences help the boy to grow up is a little hard to take in this winsome reading of Faulkner, but the settings are first rate and so are the performances, though Rydell's direction tries just too hard, drenching itself in 'style'.

Release details

Duration: 111 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Mark Rydell
Screenwriter: Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr
Cast: Steve McQueen
Sharon Farrell
Will Geer
Rupert Crosse
Mitch Vogel
Michael Constantine
Lonny Chapman
Juano Hernandez
Clifton James
Dub Taylor
Allyn Ann McLerie
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