The Long Hot Summer (1985) Don Johnson, Jason Robards
Director: Stuart Cooper
Co-stars: Judith Ivey, Cybill Shepherd, Ava Gardner, Wings Hauser, Wiliam Forsythe
200 minutes, Color
DVD-R: Region ALL, 2 discs
The made-for-TV The Long Hot Summer was based on the 1958 theatrical film of the same name-which, in turn, was based on two William Faulkner short stories. Don Johnson plays Ben Quick, a Southern drifter who is under suspicion as a "barn burner." Ben secures a job at the Mississippi mansion of town-boss Will Varner (Jason Robards). Varner's daughter Noel (Judith Ivey) and daughter-in-law Eula (Cybill Shepherd) vie for the handsome Ben's attention, while the patriarch's weakling son Jody (William Russ) seethes. When a few local barns are burned, Ben is the primary suspect-and no one is more suspicious than Noel.