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.
Co-screenwriter Benedict Fitzgerald reports that many of the small roles were played by non-professional locals from the Macon, GA, area, including the prostitute (a real-life prostitute) and the sheriff (the real-life sheriff of Macon).
[source: interview with Benedict Fitzgerald in Criterion DVD special features]
I thought if your girl give me so much fast eye back there I just might return some of it.
Sabbath Lily: What I give you the other day was the look of indignation for what I seen you do. It was you that give me the fast eye.
Though the narrative never states what war Hazel is returning from, the synopses for the film usually say WWII. However, all of the contemporary car and truck models that appear are from the early 70's, which would mark the film as post-Vietnam.
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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