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
THREE ACADEMY AWARD WINNERS-THE MOST EXPLOSIVE STAR COMBINATION OF THE YEAR IN TENNESSEE WILLIAMS' MOST SHATTERING DRAMA! (original poster - all caps)
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This was the first mainstream American film to feature the word "sonofabitch." This occurs at 56 minutes into the movie, with Joanne Woodward using the now-ubiquitous word. See more
[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?
Nobody lives around here! This is the local bone orchard!
Referenced in Masked and Anonymous
Blanket Roll Blues
Music by Kenyon Hopkins
Lyrics by Tennessee Williams See more