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The Reivers (film)

The Reivers
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mark Rydell
Produced by Irving Ravetch
Written by William Faulkner (novel)
Harriet Frank, Jr.
Irving Ravetch
Starring Steve McQueen
Sharon Farrell
Mitch Vogel
Rupert Crosse
Burgess Meredith
Will Geer
Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Richard Moore
Edited by Thomas Stanford
Distributed by National General Pictures (1969, original)
Paramount Pictures (2005, DVD)
Release dates
  • December 25, 1969 (1969-12-25)
Running time
107 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Reivers (also known as The Yellow Winton Flyer in the UK) is a 1969 film 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.


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 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 further away from the car while he is away with family to tend to 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.



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 14th, 2005 as a Region 1 widescreen DVD.

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