The Long, Hot Summer (1958) is an American comedy-drama film directed by Martin Ritt. With this movie Ritt reestablished his career after he had been on a blacklist for alleged associations with communists.
The screenplay is based in part on three works by William Faulkner: “Spotted Horses”, “Barn Burning” and “The Hamlet”.
The plot follows the conflicts of the Varner family after ambitious drifter Ben Quick (Paul Newman) arrives in their small Mississippi town. Newman’s performance as Ben Quick brought him fame as well as the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Long Hot Summer (1958) – full movie