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Location scenes filmed in Tennessee and northern California. The working title of this film is An Exile ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in Tennessee and northern California. The working title of this film is An Exile . More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
An Edward Lewis Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
Mus supv
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Makeup
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel An Exile by Madison Jones (New York, 1967).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"I Walk the Line," "Flesh and Blood," "'Cause I Love You," "This Side of the Law" and "Hungry," words and music by Johnny Cash, sung by Johnny Cash
"Amazing Grace," traditional, arranged by Johnny Cash.
PERFORMER
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
An Exile
Premiere Information:
Nashville, Tennessee, opening: 12 October 1970
Copyright Claimant:
John Frankenheimer Productions
Copyright Date:
1 October 1970
Copyright Number:
LP38184
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastman Color
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
95
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Pursuing a speeding pickup truck, Henry Tawes, middle-aged sheriff in the small town of Sutton, Tennessee, encounters adolescents Buddy and Alma McCain. Alma later appears in his office, claiming to have been stranded in town by another brother, Clay. When Tawes drives her home, she seduces him. As the sheriff is bored by his simple wife, Ellen-Haney, and Alma's moonshiner father, Carl, desires legal protection, a passionate affair ensues. The arrival of Federal agent Bascomb, however, complicates the arrangement, forcing the sheriff to demand destruction of the McCains' still. Meanwhile, sheriff's deputy Hunnicutt becomes suspicious of his supervisor. While investigating the McCains he attacks Alma and is killed by her family. Hoping to start a new life with Alma in California, the lawman disposes of the deputy's corpse in the reservoir. Upon returning, he discovers the McCains departed. Tawes successfully pursues the family, only to discover Alma unwilling to join him. Slashing Tawes with a baling hook, she leaves her wounded lover on the ... +


Pursuing a speeding pickup truck, Henry Tawes, middle-aged sheriff in the small town of Sutton, Tennessee, encounters adolescents Buddy and Alma McCain. Alma later appears in his office, claiming to have been stranded in town by another brother, Clay. When Tawes drives her home, she seduces him. As the sheriff is bored by his simple wife, Ellen-Haney, and Alma's moonshiner father, Carl, desires legal protection, a passionate affair ensues. The arrival of Federal agent Bascomb, however, complicates the arrangement, forcing the sheriff to demand destruction of the McCains' still. Meanwhile, sheriff's deputy Hunnicutt becomes suspicious of his supervisor. While investigating the McCains he attacks Alma and is killed by her family. Hoping to start a new life with Alma in California, the lawman disposes of the deputy's corpse in the reservoir. Upon returning, he discovers the McCains departed. Tawes successfully pursues the family, only to discover Alma unwilling to join him. Slashing Tawes with a baling hook, she leaves her wounded lover on the highway. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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