The Chase | Chicago Reader

The Chase

A cluttered, erratic, uncertain movie (1966)—and, if you can see past the blowsy trappings of southern gothic, a good one. Robert Redford is the Christ-like convict who escapes from prison and heads toward his small-town home; his expected arrival (get it?) stirs a flurry of moral and social upheaval. Marlon Brando, as the sheriff, provides a gradually crumbling center of strength and certainty; the balance of the extraordinary cast includes Jane Fonda, Angie Dickinson, Janice Rule, James Fox, Robert Duvall, E.G. Marshall, and Miriam Hopkins. The screenplay is by Lillian Hellman, from a play by Horton Foote; the direction, nervous and attentive, is Arthur Penn's.

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