DirectorMark Rydell Narrated byBurgess Meredith Duration CountryUnited States
WriterHarriet Frank, Jr., Irving Ravetch Release dateDecember 25, 1969 (1969-12-25) Based onThe Reivers, a Reminiscence
by William Faulkner CastSteve McQueen (Boon Hogganbeck), Sharon Farrell (Corrie), Michael Constantine (Mr. Binford), Ruth White (Miss Reba), Clifton James (Butch Lovemaiden), Mitch Vogel (Lucius) Similar moviesO Brother, Where Art Thou?, A Time to Kill, Maverick, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Mississippi Burning, Life
TaglineBoon is a reiver (that's a cheat, a liar, a brawler and womaniser) and he had just four days to teach young Lucius the facts of life (like cheating, lying, brawling and womanizing).
The Reivers (also known as The Yellow Winton Flyer in the UK) is a 1969 Technicolor film in Panavision starring Steve McQueen and directed by Mark Rydell based on the William Faulkner novel of the same name. The supporting cast includes Sharon Farrell, Rupert Crosse, Mitch Vogel, and Burgess Meredith as the narrator.
The yellow winton flyer aka the reivers 1969 steve mcqueen
Set in 1905, the film follows the exploits of the likable but raffish Boon Hoggenbeck (Steve McQueen), who takes an interest in a new car, a new 1905 Winton Flyer that is the property of a man named Boss (Will Geer), the patriarch of the McCaslin family, who live in the Mississippi area where Boon lives. When the taking of the car first by Boon and then by Ned (Rupert Crosse) (they show themselves to be reivers, or thieves, in the film's start, hence the title) leads to a public brawl, the local magistrate lets them off by a bond that Boss pays on the condition both men stay out of trouble and far away from the car while he is away with family to attend a funeral. That is soon changed by Boon, who takes the car again to go up to Memphis to see his woman Corrie (Sharon Farrell) and talks his young friend Lucius (Mitch Vogel) into going for the ride. Ned stows away as well, but Boon grudgingly allows him to come. Other characters include a horse that loves sardines and races for them, a friendly bordello madam and her amiable employees, and a man with a horse who lives near an impassable sinkhole full of mud for which he charges expensive rates to get both carts and cars through.
Steve McQueen as Boon Hogganbeck
Sharon Farrell as Corrie
Mitch Vogel as Lucius
Rupert Crosse as Ned
Burgess Meredith as Narrator
Ruth White as Miss Reba
Michael Constantine as Mr. Binford
Clifton James as Butch Lovemaiden
Juano Hernandez as Uncle Possum
Lonny Chapman as Maury
Will Geer as Boss (Lucius' grandfather)
Allyn Ann McLerie as Alison
Lindy Davis as Otis
Diane Shalet as Hannah
Pat Randall as May Ellen
Diane Ladd as Phoebe
Ellen Geer as Sally
Dub Taylor as Dr. Peabody
1970 Oscar Nominations:
Actor in a Supporting Role – Rupert Crosse ("Ned McCaslin")
Music (Original Score – for a motion picture [not a musical]) – John Williams
The Reivers was released to DVD by Paramount Home Video on June 14, 2005 as a Region 1 widescreen DVD.