Rad McDowell (John Phillip Law) returns from the Second World War to discover that his Georgia farm is threatened with takeover by a cruel property developer.
With his black neighbours also facing pressure to move out, the two families join forces to fight for their land.
There’s little pleasure in watching this overlong adaptation of a doorstop novel, which totally miscasts Michael Caine as a ruthless southerner, replete with menacing accent and surly scowl as he tries to buy up most of Georgia.
A feisty Jane Fonda is along for the ride, John Phillip Law is vacant and wan, Faye Dunaway is blowsy and tiresome, Robert Hooks is noble and dull – and they’ve got the more interesting roles . . .
Not even the epic-looking location photography gives this mess credibility or style. For collectors of really bad movies only. And insomniacs.
Julie Ann Warren
John Phillip Law
Rev Clem De Lavery