The Sound and the Fury (1959) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Sound and the Fury (1959)





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In this filmed adaptation of William Faulkner's seminal work, Yul Brynner stars as Jason Compson, the oldest son of a once-proud Southern family rife with inner turmoil. His promiscuous sister, Caddy (Margaret Leighton), has suddenly rolled back into town with an illegitimate daughter called Quentin (Joanne Woodward) in tow. Finding no love in her own clan, Quentin opts for a relationship with Charlie Bush, an irresponsible circus worker played by Stuart Whitman. Meanwhile, Ben (Jack Warden), a mentally-handicapped uncle, is a never-ending source of embarrassment for all concerned. Directed by Martin Ritt, this was the first film to be made from The Sound and the Fury. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi


Yul Brynner
as Jason Compson
Joanne Woodward
as Quentin Compson / Narrator
Margaret Leighton
as Caddy Compson
Stuart Whitman
as Charlie Busch
Jack Warden
as Ben Compson
Françoise Rosay
as Mrs. Compson
John Beal
as Howard
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Critic Reviews for The Sound and the Fury

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

The whole cast is magnificent and the color production rates top credits.

June 30, 2020 | Full Review…

The screen edition of the William Faulkner novel is crammed with hifalutin "significance" which somehow never comes into sharp focus.

November 14, 2019 | Full Review…

As a picture of Southern life or a study of human relationships the film utterly fails to convince one, being strangled by local colour and an unwavering belief in the commercial possibilities of the most uncommer- cialised parts of the South,

July 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Sound and the Fury


More time spent in the sultry South, where sex is so alluring simply because there's not a heck of a lot much else to do. Joanne Woodward is a young woman feeling bored by the sameness of her life and by the slow decline of her once respected family and thusly looking for a little pick-me-up, nudge, nudge, wink, wink. Yul Brynner is an outsider, but now running the whole show, if only because he's the only one who cares to. Sure, his Southern accent is for the birds, but he delivers the usual strong performance that holds down the usual languid proceedings Southern Gothic usually takes. Not boring, if ever so predictable.

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