The Chase

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

Terror in a Texas town as a prison escapee (Redford), returning home to seek shelter and justice, stirs up a cesspit of hatred, corruption, guilt, lust and racial prejudice. Lillian Hellman's script, based on a novel/play by Horton Foote but emerging as a sort of updated and expanded Little Foxes, sometimes fringes absurdity in trying to indict practically everybody in town as a secret sinner, and in its stagy contrivance (the refugee just happens by on the night of a convention when temperatures are running drunkenly high). But it does manage to weave a credible pattern out of the tangled loyalties and enmities, which Penn's direction takes by the scruff and shakes into a firework display of controlled violence. Terrific performances too, although Brando (undergoing his statutory beating up as the sheriff caught in the middle) rather overdoes the broody bit.

Details

Release details

Duration:
133 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Arthur Penn
Screenwriter:
Lillian Hellman
Cast:
Marlon Brando
Jane Fonda
Robert Redford
EG Marshall
Angie Dickinson
Janice Rule
James Fox
Miriam Hopkins
Robert Duvall