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The Fugitive Kind (1960)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 18 August 1960 (Japan)
Val Xavier, a drifter of obscure origins arrives at a small town and gets a job in a store run by Lady Torrence, a sex-starved woman whose husband Jabe M. Torrance is dying of cancer ... See full summary »

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Lady Torrance
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Carol Cutrere
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Vee Talbot
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Jabe M. Torrance
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Sheriff Jordan Talbott
Emory Richardson ...
Uncle Pleasant, the Conjure Man
Madame Spivy ...
Ruby Lightfoot (as Spivy)
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Dolly Hamma
Lucille Benson ...
Beulah Binnings
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David Cutrere
Ben Yaffee ...
'Dog' Hamma
Joe Brown Jr. ...
'Pee Wee' Binnings
Virgilia Chew ...
Nurse Porter
Frank Borgman ...
Gas Station Attendant
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Val Xavier, a drifter of obscure origins arrives at a small town and gets a job in a store run by Lady Torrence, a sex-starved woman whose husband Jabe M. Torrance is dying of cancer upstairs. Val is pursued by Carol Cutere, the enigmatic local tramp-of-good-family, who covets his snakeskin jacket as much as his body and tries to seduce him in the cemetery. Val is more attracted to the mature Lady and gets her pregnant. Written by alfiehitchie

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Trivia

"Battle of Angels", the original version of Tennessee Williams' play "Orpheus Descending" on which the film is based, flopped in Boston in 1940 and did not make it to Broadway. The 1957 Broadway production of the reworked play, starring Cliff Robertson and Maureen Stapleton as Val and Lady Torrance, also was a flop. It wasn't until the 1989 revival starring Vanessa Redgrave as Lady Torrance that the play was a success on Broadway. See more »

Quotes

Carol Cutrere: [Xavier and Carol are driving at night in her sports car. She tells him to pull over at what appears to be the entrance to the local cemetery, "Wisteria Hills"] Pull over here.
Valentine 'Snakeskin' Xavier: [Unaware of where they are] You live around here?
Carol Cutrere: [Slightly incredulous] Nobody lives around here! This is the local bone orchard!
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Featured in The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) See more »

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Blanket Roll Blues
Music by Kenyon Hopkins
Lyrics by Tennessee Williams
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two superb performances
15 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While The Fugitive Kind suffers from inconsistent pacing and some over-blown dialog, it is worth watching for the peerless performances delivered by Anna Magnani and Victor Jory. Magnani's desperate vulnerability and passionate need for love and vindication are so powerfully and truthfully portrayed that even the great Brando seems pale and insubstantial beside her. Without Jory's vilely hateful depiction of the dying husband, however, even Magnani's powerhouse performance couldn't save the film. Seldom has such wanton cruelty been so effectively captured on screen. Brando is a bit mannered at times but the sheer animal magnetism he possessed at this point in his career transcend the script's pretensions. Woodward wrings more than could rightfully be expected from her over-written part. R.G. Armstrong as the corrupt sheriff and Maureen Stapleton as his kind-hearted wife shine in supporting roles, but it is Magnani and Jory who transform the film into a riveting cinematic experience.


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