PG | | Comedy, Drama
A Southerner--young, poor, ambitious but uneducated--determines to become something in the world. He decides that the best way to do that is to become a preacher and start up his own church.
The name of the essay about the film included in the Criterion Collection's DVD booklet is "A Matter of Life and Death" by writer Francine Prose.
Your conscience is a trick, it don't exist, and if you think it does, then you had best get it out in the open, hunt it down and kill it.
Hazels' position changes between shots as he talks with the landlady about being clean.
Director John Huston is credited in all the titles as "Jhon Huston". Producer Michael Fitzgerald later explained that, wanting to have a child-like look to the credits, they had an actual child write the names. The child misspelled Huston's first name, but they liked it and kept it, as a metaphor for the artificial, off-kilter tone of the story.
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