R | | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A local Sheriff tries to keep the peace as racial strife hits his small Alabama town as tensions boil over when a black man is accused of raping a white woman.
A chain smoker, Richard Burton was diagnosed with influenza and tracheobronchitis during filming.
Hey, what are you trying to do?
Garth: Kick some asses, baby.
Loretta Sykes: What's the point of busting up a peaceful meeting?
Garth: What good's a peaceful meeting? It's for them bourgeois negros. When you gonna learn anyway that all that marching gonna get you is what you ...
A squib can be seen under the outfit worn by the Klansman killed at Johnson's funeral.
The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to edit the rape and castration scenes. All 15-rated UK DVD releases feature the heavily edited US TV version which completely removes these sequences as well as extensively cutting bad language and most of the violence.