The once-proud Compsons now struggle financially and emotionally under new leadership. They moan for days long gone and don’t see any hope for the future. Quentin grows up under the supervision of the new man of the house, Jason Compson, who isn’t remotely related to her, but lives there with his mother, the girl’s stepmother. Since Quentin’s dad passed away, she’s been taken care of, but now she’s old enough to date and wants more freedom. When she finds herself an admirer, even that is off-limits.
Yul Brynner plays Jason Compson with controlled passion. He just stands in the room, and you see his emotion. He is patient with the uncontrollable young girl. When she finds out why he’s protective of her, that changes everything.
Joanne Woodward did a great job as Quentin Compson, and even though she was pregnant at the time, I never noticed. Jack Warden played Ben Compson, the slow one of the family. His performance added to the drama.