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The Intruder

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The Intruder was not only Roger Corman's most daring and unusual film, but a unique movie in the history of cinema, as one of the few theatrical feature films to deal with school desegregation in the South. William Shatner gives the performance of a lifetime as Adam Cramer, a sly, rabble-rousing racist who travels the South in the wake of the Supreme Court's Brown vs. Board of Education decision, fomenting protests and riots and organizing white citizens groups with himself at their head. By turns quietly ...
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Overview

The Intruder was not only Roger Corman's most daring and unusual film, but a unique movie in the history of cinema, as one of the few theatrical feature films to deal with school desegregation in the South. William Shatner gives the performance of a lifetime as Adam Cramer, a sly, rabble-rousing racist who travels the South in the wake of the Supreme Court's Brown vs. Board of Education decision, fomenting protests and riots and organizing white citizens groups with himself at their head. By turns quietly soft-spoken and boldly charismatic, Cramer arrives in a small town where the local white high school is about to get its first black students and manipulates the men, women, and students around him, quietly taking control of the debate and the agenda, and turning a tense situation into a riot. He's opposed by Frank Maxwell, playing a local newspaper editor who pays a terrible price for his thoughtful and reasonable nature, Jeanne Cooper as a woman whom he tried to seduce, and Leo V. Gordon in a rare benevolent role as her husband, a working man without a lot of patience for rabble-rousers. In the end, after maiming one man and nearly killing another, Cramer is stopped when he is exposed for what he is -- weak and pathetic when confronted directly. The film was shot on-location in the South despite the active opposition of local authorities and threats from members of the Ku Klux Klan, and once finished, Corman discovered that there was hardly a theater anywhere in America that was willing to play it, because the movie's subject was so incendiary. Thus, The Intruder became just about the only movie Corman ever made that lost money, and was much more widely seen in Europe, where it was greeted simply as a bold, unusual, and well-made film. For reasons not entirely clear, The Intruder turned up on various "public domain" lists in the early '80s and showed up on different cable channels specializing in such fare, but it was never actually out-of-copyright, and finally surfaced in an authorized DVD edition in April of 2001. In addition to future television star Shatner, the cast includes the future soap opera star Jeanne Cooper. Charles Beaumont, a regular contributor to The Twilight Zone, among other anthology series, and whose novel was the source for the film, portrays the school principal. William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, best-known as the authors of the novel Logan's Run, also play small roles.
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Special Features

"Remembering The Intruder" all-new featurette with Roger Corman and William Shatner; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; Full screen (1.33:1)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Five years before becoming the voice of intergalactic understanding as Star Trek's Captain Kirk, William Shatner delivered the performance of a lifetime as a bigoted drifter fanning the flames of segregation in 1961's The Intruder. Produced and directed by B-movie king Roger Corman, The Intruder was one of the filmmaker's rare projects with a serious message and, perhaps not coincidentally, one of his few films that lost money. At a sensitive time in the civil rights movement, the producer had difficulty finding movie houses that would show the film. Despite its incendiary nature, Corman was quite proud of the movie, and rightly so. It stands as one of the most important pictures from his early-1960s output, and one of the best films that he ever directed. It also gives the world a chance to see Shatner as they've never seen him before. Post-Trek, the actor would reunite with Corman for the 1974 cult favorite, Big Bad Mama.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2007
  • UPC: 786936721768
  • Original Release: 1961
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  • Source: New Horizons
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:23:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 28,155

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Shatner Adam Cramer
Frank Maxwell Tom McDaniel
Beverly Lunsford Ella McDaniel
Robert Emhardt Verne Shipman
Jeanne Cooper Vi Griffin
Leo Gordon Sam Griffin
Charles Barnes Joey Green
Charles Beaumont Harley Paton
Katherine Smith Ruth McDaniel
George Clayton Johnson Phil West
William F. Nolan Bart Carey
Oceo Ritch Jack Allardyce
Phoebe Row Mrs. Lambert
Technical Credits
Roger Corman Director, Producer
Charles Beaumont Screenwriter
Taylor Byars Cinematographer
Gene Corman Executive Producer
Ronald Sinclair Editor
Herman Stein Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Intruder
1. Social Worker [13:03]
2. Exploring Caxton [1:48]
3. Whose Law? [9:02]
4. Free, White, American [6:55]
5. Hatred and Fear [5:09]
6. Flames of Intolerance [9:12]
7. Martyrs and Victims [9:47]
8. Taking a Stand [8:14]
9. No Heroes [5:42]
10. Mob Rules [2:38]
11. Dixie Justice [4:51]
12. Your Work Is Over [6:26]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Intruder
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Bonus Features
      Remembering The Intruder
   Set Up
      Captions: English for the Hearing Impaired
      Captions: None
      Register Your DVD
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