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Glenn Campbell in the band ?
Yes that's Glenn. He didn't receive any recognition in the credits.
- RA Allen
Did I see Glenn Campbell as one of the band members?
baby, the rain must fall
- kevin sellers
I agree with the previous reviewer, K.D., that Horton Foote's screenplay (from his stage play) is long on Southern Gothic atmospherics, but thin on characterization. Not only are we largely kept in ignorance, as K.D. mentioned, about the key relationship between Steve McQueen and his foster mother from hell, Miss Kate, but there is not even that much between McQueen and Lee Remick, when you think about it. Certainly, there is no sustained dialogue between them that explores why Remick's character means so much to him. Nor are there any scenes at all between McQueen and his daughter. Perhaps this last omission was due to the rather inept child actor (a rarity in a Robert Mulligan film) who played the part. However, there are reasons to watch this film, chief among them Lee Remick's glowing performance. This actress was always great, but perhaps never more so than when portraying goodness and innocence, Southern style, as she does here. McQueen is also fine as a self destructive, albeit damaged, young rebel in a small, conservative, east Texas town. And Mulligan's direction, as is typical when dealing with the outcasts of small town life, is visually and emotionally sensitive. So, let's give it a B.
A era like no other, frozen in time
I just saw this movie for the first time (On Demand). I was hooked by Lee Remick from the bus scene, perfect as the hopeful young wife and mother, on her way to find her husband (recently released from prison). All the actors are so individually strong, each seemed to be the "star", yet in the end it was a truly an ensemble. Miss Kate's two appearances are brief, yet she is really the catalyst behind it all. One point of interest, early in the film, Glen Campbell appears playing guitar behind Steve McQueen while he is singing with the string band. I found McQueen's overly violent lip synching hard to watch, though that genre was often similarly performed at the time, it was a bit of a distraction. The other flaw is that the viewer is left with so many questions-are Georgette and Slim fated to be together?-the troubled past of Henry and Miss Kate is barely hinted at, how did he get so royally screwed up?, hmm.
waste of my time
I can't get those minutes back in my life. This is not a movie I would ever recommend to anyone. How boring.
Baby, the Rain Must Fall (1965)
- Jay Higgins
Very good drama. Steve McQueen is perfectly cast. Nicely filmed in black and white. Lee Remick is very effective in a subdued role. Well written. A bit depressing though.
See this movie!
- Dean Curtis
A great, undeservedly obscure film that should be seen for the best performance Steve McQueen ever gave and the searing, uncompromisingly tragic script. Superior direction and cinematography, too.