The Chase

The Chase

Arthur Penn (1966)

X Certificate


Our Score
Before he directed Bonnie and Clyde, Arthur Penn made this impressively cast and wondrously overcooked drama about a Texan sheriff who protects an escaped convict against a town that has run out of control. Marlon Brando has immense stature as the sheriff and clearly relishes the appalling beating he receives at the hands of the mob, while Robert Redford is perfect as the angelic convict he protects. In one sense, Lillian Hellman's script is like an updated western; in another, it evokes the madness and violence that gripped America in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination. Although Penn virtually disowned the picture after producer Sam Spiegel had it re-edited, it remains a genuinely disturbing evocation of that traumatic era.


Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda and Robert Redford star in this explosive epic of sex and violence. When a convict (Robert Redford) escapes from the state penitentiary, heads for home and becomes involved in a murder, the peace of a small Texas town is shattered. Most of the citizens, led by banker/oil tycoon E.G. Marshall, see him as a criminal to be hounded and brought to justice. Only the town she...

Cast & Crew

Sheriff Calder Marlon Brando
Anna Reeves Jane Fonda
Bubber Reeves Robert Redford
Val Rogers E G Marshall
Ruby Calder Angie Dickinson
Emily Stewart Janice Rule
Mrs Reeves Miriam Hopkins
Mary Fuller Martha Hyer
Damon Fuller Richard Bradford
Edwin Stewart Robert Duvall
Jake Rogers James Fox
Elizabeth Rogers Diana Hyland
Briggs Henry Hull
Mrs Briggs Jocelyn Brando
Seymour Paul Williams
Lem Brewster Clifton James
Lester Johnson Joel Fluellen
Archie Steve Ihnat
Sol Bruce Cabot
Director Arthur Penn
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: ViolenceAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray