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The Intruder a.k.a. Shame (reissue) a.k.a. I Hate Your Guts (reissue) a.k.a. The Stranger (UK), 1962.
Directed by Roger Corman.
Starring William Shatner.
Legendary low-budget filmmaker Roger Corman produces and directs this 1962 drama about segregation and racial tensions in the American South. The film stars a pre-Star Trek William Shatner in the lead role of Adam Cramer, a racist who sets about to incite hatred against the black minority of the fictitious small town of Caxton as they prepare to integrate the local high school. Using his charm to manipulate the views of many of the townsfolk, Cramer's extremism culminates in the creation of a lynch mob, with only a handful of residents brave enough stand against the violence.
Despite being regarded by many as one of his best movies, The Intruder is the only picture in his catalogue where Corman admits to losing money, with the film released under a number of different titles in an effort to turn a profit. Corman blamed William Shatner's performance - far removed from his now familiar persona - for the film's poor box-office, with Shatner later joking that the title I Hate Your Guts was aimed towards him. Nevertheless, the film makes for memorable - albeit disturbing - viewing due to its controversial themes and edgy content.
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