Starring Orson Welles, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Lee Remick, Angela Lansbury
Directed by Martin Ritt
Paul Newman plays a drifter who catches the eye of schoolmarm Woodward and her father, a rural Mississippi bigshot (Orson Welles). Newman and Woodward shared romance off the set as well; they married after shooting ended.
The script draws from many Faulkner works, including the short stories Barn Burning and The Spotted Horses, as well as his novel The Hamlet. These writings served as the basis for the 1985 made-for-TV movie also entitled The Long Hot Summer, starring Don Johnson, Jason Robards, Judith Ivey, Cybill Shepherd, and Ava Gardner.