>Last night, I was watching a Steve McQueen movie that I never heard of before on TCM. I’ve also never seen it featured in Steve McQueen movie collections, in which you would see “Bullitt,” “The Great Escape,” or “The Cincinnati Kid.” In “The Reivers,” McQueen plays Boon who travels with his two friends to 1905 Memphis. The story is based on literary works by William Faulkner, with narration by an elderly character reflecting on his youth. As a youth, he joins Boon in adventures that involve societal issues, a prized Flyer car and racing horses.


The era represented in “The Reivers” had a very authentic look due to numerous details throughout. Women wore costumes that included large, fancy hats with delicate netting draped over their faces. Men wore suspenders and vests over buttoned-up shirts that had somewhat puffy sleeves. The roads were narrow, windy and either dusty dirt or filled with mud. A train in one scene made its way into town through a very tightly-squeezed space between old buildings.


Some of the societal issues representated were surprising, although obviously used for purposes of historical accuracy. I would recommend “The Reivers” to anyone who likes a time-period movie with a mixture of comedy, drama and action.