Southern Gothic at is finest. McCuller's daddy was of Huguenot descent. (Her early death indicates, to me, she did not follow the orders of the British & Vatican slave masters) Marlon Brando nails the homosexual character. Movies like this, with intense character studies, are extinct today. The slave masters hate a thinking slave.
America can't handle the truth that GAY HOLLYWOOD is a deep dark secret. The Hollywood establishment was actively engaged in suppressing McCuller's truth throughout this film. One can sense their hidden hand intervening at various places because they realized middle America would have recoiled in horror.
Leonard Cohen wrote a song with the lyrics, "everybody knows the good guys lost". Well, Carson McCullers wrote about how the good guys lost , in this film, waay before Cohen.This movie was fascinating for me to watch on a number of levels. 1967 was really still the 1950's for most of America. Homosexuality in the military ... a total secret. This film blows that secret wide open. No wonder nobody really knows anything about this wonderful, brave, author Carson McCullers. A woman who died way before her time. The gay mafia who runs Hollywood, I am sure, was not happy with this film.