Oklahoma Crude (film)

Oklahoma Crude is a 1973 American drama Metrocolor film directed by Stanley Kramer in Panavision. It stars George C. Scott and Faye Dunaway. It was entered into the 8th Moscow International Film Festival where Kramer won the Golden Prize for Direction.[2] The song "Send a Little Love My Way", sung by Anne Murray, was featured in the film and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1973.[3]

Oklahoma Crude
Theatrical poster by Howard Terpning
Directed byStanley Kramer
Produced byStanley Kramer
Written byMarc Norman
StarringGeorge C. Scott
Faye Dunaway
John Mills
Music byHenry Mancini
CinematographyRobert Surtees
Edited byFolmar Blangsted
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • July 3, 1973 (1973-07-03)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2,500,000 (US/ Canada rentals)[1]


Set in the early 20th century, the film is about a lone woman, Lena Doyle (Faye Dunaway) who finds herself threatened by tough businessmen who want to take her land which possesses crude oil. Rather than settle and sell the land she rightfully owns, Lena decides to fight and to do this, she accepts the help of her father (John Mills) and a hired gun named Mason (George C. Scott). The title is also a double entendre as it is a fitting moniker for Scott's character, "Noble" Mason, who sides with Lena only after unsuccessfully attempting to be bought by the business interests, becomes romantically involved with her when the prospects for success are good and leaves when the well turns out to be a bust.


See also


  1. "Big Rental Films of 1973", Variety, 9 January 1974 p 19
  2. "8th Moscow International Film Festival (1973)". MIFF. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-03.
  3. Golden Globe Awards Archived 2013-05-08 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved August 16, 2013

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