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Monday Night Movie: The Klansman (must-see viewing for lovers of deeply wrong moviemaking) (1974) – Richard Burton,Lee Marvin


A liberal landowner (Richard Burton) and a Southern sheriff (Lee Marvin) face the aftermath of a rape in a Ku Klux Klan town.
Initial release: October 25, 1974


The Klansman is a 1974 American drama film based on the book of the same name by William Bradford Huie. It was directed by Terence Young and starred Lee Marvin, Richard Burton, O. J. Simpson (in his feature film debut), Lola Falana and Linda Evans.

It was critically panned on release, but in a more recent review

Paul Mavis, of Movies & Drinks, reviewing the 2017 Kino Lorber Blu-ray release (which featured a heretofore unavailable unedited print), wrote, “Seen today, The Klansman’s not nearly as bad as our imaginations made it out to be, but it is a wonderfully bizarre exercise in conflicted intentions, with the saving grace of all good exploitation—it wallows in its own grotesqueries. In other words: must-see viewing for lovers of deeply wrong moviemaking

Reputedly both Burton and Marvin had major personal issues including alcohol at the time

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