V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Raid

V' 16

The Raid

Hugo Fregonese
USA, 1954
83min, OF

Quelle: Filmarchiv Austria

The Raid

Hugo Fregonese
USA, 1954
, 83min, OF

Actors: 
Van Heflin
Major Neal Benton
Anne Bancroft
Katy Bishop
Richard Boone
Captain Foster
Lee Marvin
Leutnant Keating
Tommy Rettig
Larry Bishop
Screenplay: 
Sydney Boehm
Sound: 
Harry M. Leonard
Camera: 
Lucien Ballard
Editor: 
Robert Golden
Composer: 
Roy Webb
Decoration: 
George Patrick
Costume: 
Travilla

Production: 
Panoramic Productions
Format: 
35 mm
Color
based on a story by Francis Cockrell, inspired by «Affair at St. Albans» by Herbert Ravenal Sass

Excellent, factually based Civil War Western, in which Heflin’s Confederate officer leads a group of soldiers, with whom he has escaped from a Union prison camp, in a plan to avenge the destruction of Southern communities by first taking over, and then sacking, a Northern town close to the Canadian border. Tension is slowly but surely built up as the men try to infiltrate the township; conflicting emotions arise with Heflin’s growing respect for the widow with whom he lodges (Bancroft); and the final, savage massacre is powerfully staged by Fregonese, who makes superb use throughout of Lucien Ballard’s typically moody photography. This was the film that served as a springboard for John Arden in writing his play “Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance”. (Geoff Andrew)

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