Intruder in the Dust

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"It's Sensational!"
  • Approved
  • 1949
  • 1 hr 27 min
  • 7.6  (2,626)

Intruder in the Dust is a classic, tense drama from the 1940s that follows the story of a young white boy named Chick Mallison (played by Claude Jarman Jr.), who finds himself teaming up with a black man named Lucas Beauchamp (played by Juano Hernandez) to try and save him from being falsely accused of murder in the Deep South. Set in a small town in Mississippi, the story begins with Chick discovering a dead body in a nearby ditch, clearly the victim of foul play. But when word starts to spread that Lucas, a proud and respected member of the black community, might be the culprit, Chick decides he must take matters into his own hands to find the actual killer and clear Lucas's name.

Over the course of the film, Chick enlists the help of other community members, including his own aunt and a local lawyer named Gavin Stevens (played by David Brian). But as tensions mount and the truth becomes increasingly difficult to discern amid a web of lies and prejudice, Chick and Lucas's lives become increasingly endangered as they pursue the truth.

The film is a thoughtful exploration of race and justice that manages to convey a powerful message without ever becoming preachy or didactic. Rather, it allows the events of the story to speak for themselves, highlighting the challenges and obstacles faced by black Americans in the Deep South during the Jim Crow era.

The performances are all excellent, particularly Claude Jarman Jr. in the lead role of Chick. Despite being just a child actor at the time, he manages to convey a great deal of complexity and nuance in his performance, perfectly capturing the character's sense of confusion and moral outrage as he works to unravel the mystery at the heart of the story.

But the real standout in the cast is Juano Hernandez as Lucas, who delivers a captivating and deeply emotional performance as the wrongly accused man at the center of the story. His portrayal of Lucas manages to be both defiant and vulnerable, conveying a sense of desperate hope even as his life hangs in the balance.

Intruder in the Dust was based on a novel by William Faulkner, and the film manages to capture many of the author's signature themes and motifs, including the idea of history as a burden, the human capacity for violence and redemption, and the futility of trying to escape one's own past.

Overall, the film is a timeless classic that still manages to pack a powerful punch decades after its release. It's a must-see for anyone interested in exploring issues of race, justice, and the nature of humanity itself. Highly recommended.

Intruder in the Dust is a 1949 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 27 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.6.

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    1 hr 27 min
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    7.6  (2,626)