The Sound and the Fury (1959 film)

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This article is about the 1959 film. For the 2000 documentary, see Sound and Fury (film). For other uses, see Sound and fury (disambiguation).
The Sound and the Fury
Directed by Martin Ritt
Written by Harriet Frank, Jr.
Irving Ravetch
Based on The Sound and the Fury 
by William Faulkner
Starring Yul Brynner
Joanne Woodward
Stuart Whitman
Jack Warden
Music by Alex North
Cinematography Charles G. Clarke
Edited by Stuart Gilmore
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • April 6, 1959 (1959-04-06)
Running time
110 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,710,000[1]
Box office $1.7 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)[2]

The Sound and the Fury is a 1959 American film directed by Martin Ritt. It is an adaptation of the novel with the same name.



Bosley Crowther of the New York Times wrote that the film "lacks texture" and is "sentiment-dappled and synthetic".[3]


  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p252
  2. ^ "1959: Probable Domestic Take", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34
  3. ^ Crowther, Bosley (28 March 1959). "The Sound and the Fury (1959)". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 

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