SANCTUARY (1961) Lee Remick


starring Lee Remick, Yves Montand, Bradford Dillman and Odetta; screenplay by Ruth Ford and James Poe, based on works by William Faulkner; directd by Tony Richardson

In 1928 Mississippi, the black maid of a white woman kills the latter’s newborn in order to give her employer a way out of a predicament and then faces the death penalty.


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  1. I watched both Temple Drake movies tonight. I felt they both had agendas… and you really don't figure out a woman's sex/love/romantic motivations by watching a movie. I have a friend who actually looked like Lee Remick who ended up being something of a nymphomaniac. She was completely irrational in some of her choices- but still a loving mom to 4 kids. Anyway, that character is not that far fetched is what I'm saying. As to the storyline- so much of late 50s, early 60s movies were trashy melodramas (Valley of the Dolls, Splendour in the Grass, Peyton Place come to mind) that seemed to sell tickets for psychological reasons related to the time period. It's not my favorite genre but women liking the bad boy is based on reality- which is unfortunate, but true in many cases.

  2. πŸ˜₯πŸ˜ͺ😭 "Tear Jerker Alert"!!
    I saw this Movie a few years ago & when I watched it again tonight, I realized what a "Tear Jerker" it was! That's why ppl like me continue to watch these old Movies! They had Substance! They were about Real Life & the Lessons of it, that make us better ppl! I don't think that we take the Time to Really See Life Anymore, in the Way They Did Then! I've heard it said that The Hard Parts of Life can either Make You Bitter or Better! Now days a Woman like Nancy might be Bitter & she'd might even play the Victim! But back then, friends, family & even servants were devoted to the people in their lives & often sacrificed themselves for those they had come to Love! I remember servants, that I knew when I was a young girl, who showed that kind of devotion to the Families they served! I'm grateful to have known a couple of them & this Movie reminded me of that!

  3. …I knew that renowned folk-singer Odetta (1930-2008) (Nancy), had done some acting in television movies; (Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman), & musical touring companies, (Finian's Rainbow), but I never knew that she'd been in a feature film-albeit a linear role. My favorite song(s) of hers are: Masters of War; written & composed by Bob Dylan, & featured in the soundtrack to Selma, & Gallows Tree (Gallows Pole).

  4. LostCinemaChannel, This was a really good movie, many plot twists and turns. Interesting. I've always loved Lee Remick's acting. Also, Yves Montand playing the character of Candy was excellent. I've never seen him in a serious part before. Thank you for your movies.

  5. I am amazed at the number of people who say they never heard of this movie. I saw it when it first came out. I thought Yves Montand and Lee Remick were DYNAMITE together! However Faulkner was a Mississippi racist with a bizzare view of black people! I think it says a lot about white people that so many pf ypu think it is natural and normal for this poor black woman to sacrifice her life for this priviledged white bitc!!! Lol

  6. Fantastic acting by Odetta and Remick, Too bad I can't feel sympathy for Nancy..She murdered a child to "save" Temple.. She should have let Temple run off with the baby and Candy. Candy would have been caught eventually, and who knows what would have happened to the child,, but he'd be alive. I was hoping toward the end of the flick that Candy would turn out to have been the murderer, but that would not have worked. Candy was bootlegger and a pimp, but not a murderer. Still an enjoyable flick because of the sensational acting.

  7. This is great! I hadn't seen it for many years and didn't remember how good it was. It really captured the atmosphere of Faulkner's work. Lee Remick is a brilliant actress; her performance here is Oscar-worthy. Yves Montand is very good, and Odetta!! A four-star film.

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