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Barn Burning (1980)

Not Rated | | Drama, Short, Family | TV Short 17 March 1980
Abe Snopes (Tommy Lee Jones) is a Southern tenant farmer whose unrelenting and violent nature proves to be his undoing in William Faulkner's Barn Burning.


Peter Werner


William Faulkner (story), Horton Foote (teleplay)




Credited cast:
Tommy Lee Jones ... Ab Snopes
Diane Kagan Diane Kagan ... Mother
Shawn Whittington Shawn Whittington ... Sarty Snopes
Carolyn Coates Carolyn Coates ... Aunt
Michael Riney Michael Riney ... Brother
Jennie Hughes Jennie Hughes ... Lena Snopes
Julie Kaye Fanton Julie Kaye Fanton ... Donna Mae Snopes (as Julie Kaye Towery)
Al Scott Al Scott ... Judge
Tom Royals Tom Royals ... Harris
Jimmy Faulkner Jimmy Faulkner ... Major DeSpain
Jean Pettigrew Jean Pettigrew ... Mrs. DeSpain
Thomas Hal Phillips Thomas Hal Phillips ... Justice
James Franks James Franks ... Blacksmith
Simpson Hemphill Simpson Hemphill ... Stranger
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Fonda ... Narrator


Abe Snopes (Tommy Lee Jones) is a Southern tenant farmer whose unrelenting and violent nature proves to be his undoing in William Faulkner's Barn Burning.

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Drama | Short | Family


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17 March 1980 (USA) See more »

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Learning in Focus See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The movie was filmed in Paris, MS just outside of Oxford, MS, which was the home town of William Faulkner. See more »


Version of Suspense: Barn Burning (1954) See more »

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Tommy Lee shines like the real thing in this fool's gold.
17 November 2006 | by tejanaZSee all my reviews

I love William Faulkner and "Barn Burning" holds a special place in my heart. But, even a Horton Foote adaption can't save this film or even the fact that Tommy Lee Jones is a study in restrained rage, a sociopath, as always, a joy to watch. But, he is surrounded by actors who seem to have been chosen by lottery from a pool of folks who've never acted before. Their halting and unnatural speech, spouting the most outrageous accents is only surpassed by the dirgelike cadence. Sometimes I felt like someone off screen was poking the cast with long sticks to remind them its their turn to speak. Add to that the ridiculous (and again badly paced) reactions. The film moves like molasses ... not a good thing. I was a monumentally disappointed.

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