The Long Hot Summer (1985 Don Johnson)

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A/V Quality 7/10 (Good Quality)




2 DVD Set

Very difficult movie to find on DVD, Region 1. With this movie, the title and credits are in German (at the very beginning and closing credits), but the movie itself is in it's original english. 


The made-for-TV The Long Hot Summer was based on the 1958 theatrical film of the same name-which, in turn, was based on two William Faulkner short stories. Don Johnson plays Ben Quick, a Southern drifter who is under suspicion as a "barn burner." Ben secures a job at the Mississippi mansion of town-boss Will Varner (Jason Robards). Varner's daughter Noel (Judith Ivey) and daughter-in-law Eula (Cybill Shepherd) vie for the handsome Ben's attention, while the patriarch's weakling son Jody (William Russ) seethes. When a few local barns are burned, Ben is the primary suspect-and no one is more suspicious than Noel. A murder trial and lynch mob both figure into the second half of the two-part The Long Hot Summer; the film originally aired October 6 and 7, 1985.


Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Johnson Don Johnson ... Ben Quick
Jason Robards Jason Robards ... Will Varner
Judith Ivey Judith Ivey ... Noel Varner
Cybill Shepherd Cybill Shepherd ... Eula Varner
Ava Gardner Ava Gardner ... Minnie Littlejohn
William Russ William Russ ... Jody Varner
Wings Hauser Wings Hauser ... Wilson Mahood
Alexandra Johnson Alexandra Johnson ... Agnes Stewart
Stephen Davies Stephen Davies ... Alan Stewart
Charlotte Stanton Charlotte Stanton ... Mrs. Stewart
Albert Hall Albert Hall ... Armistead Howlett
William Forsythe William Forsythe ... Isaac
James Gammon James Gammon ... Billy Quick
Rance Howard Rance Howard ... Wilk
Bill Thurman Bill Thurman ... Houstin
Written by William Faulkner (stories)
Rita Mae Brown
Dennis Turner
Directed by Stuart Cooper
Starring Don Johnson
Jason Robards
Judith Ivey
Cybill Shepherd
William Russ
Theme music composer Charles Bernstein
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Leonard Hill
John Thomas Lenox
Producer(s) Dori Weiss
Bobbi Kronowitz (associate producer)
Production location(s) Marshall, Texas
T.C. Lindsey & Co., Jonesville, Texas
The Myrtles Plantation - 7747 US Highway 61, St. Francisville, Louisiana
Ashland-Belle Helene Plantation - State Highway 75, Geismer, Louisiana
Elysian Fields, Texas
Oak Alley Plantation - 3645 Highway 18, Vacherie, Louisiana
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Cinematography Reed Smoot
Steve Yaconelli
Editor(s) Daniel T. Cahn
Running time 185 min.
Production company(s) Leonard Hill Films
Long Hot Productions
Distributor NBC
Original network NBC
Original release

October 6, 1985


Video Aspect: 1.33:1 (Full Screen)

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    1985 TV Version of The Long Hot Summer

    Posted by Margie Reed on Dec 13th 2019

    I was extremely pleased with the 2 DVD set for this TV movie. Since I am older my hearing is as good as when I first saw this movie back in 1985 so it would have been nice to have closed caption. Other than that I highly recommend this movie and DvDs N Such.
    Have a Merry Christmas
    From Millermus

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