Hard to believe that Erskine Caldwell's God's Little Acre was, for years, the bestselling novel ever published. This 1958 film adaptation gives little reason for that status, being a curiously inert combination of sweaty Southern passion and rustic comedy. Thanks to director Anthony Mann's exacting eye for outdoor photography, the film is a pleasure to look at, and Elmer Bernstein's score makes it swell to listen to. Robert Ryan, always good at obsessives, plays a patriarch convinced gold is buried on his farm. He's aided by a gallery of future TV stars: Tina Louise (Gilligan's Island) as the lip-lickin' sexpot every living male tries to seduce; Jack Lord and Vic Morrow as her husband and brother; Buddy Hackett as a would-be politician; Michael Landon as an albino (thus giving new meaning to the term "white trash"). This gumbo has some fun flavors, but they don't quite blend. --Robert Horton
The DVD (an excellent transfer) contains two versions of the film: the original release, and an "uncensored" restored version running seven minutes longer. The latter contains a few racy moments and some lingering cleavage. --Robert Horton
Contains both the banned, uncensored version (118 min.) and the alternate theatrical release cut (111 min.)
Actors: Robert Ryan, Tina Louise, Aldo Ray, Buddy Hackett, Jack Lord
Directors: Anthony Mann
Writers: Ben Maddow, Erskine Caldwell, Philip Yordan
Producers: Sidney Harmon
Format: Black & White, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Image Entertainment
DVD Release Date: December 18, 2001
Run Time: 118 minutes
- UPC 014381616224
- Brand Image Entertainment
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