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The Fugitive Kind (1960)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  18 August 1960 (Japan)
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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 ... 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)
Sally Gracie ...
Dolly Hamma
Lucille Benson ...
Beulah Binnings
John Baragrey ...
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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SOMETHING ABOUT THE WAY HE LOOKED AT A WOMAN...SOMETHING ABOUT THE WAY HE HANDLED A GUITAR...(original ad) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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18 August 1960 (Japan)  »

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Piel de serpiente  »

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Trivia

The little Hudson River town of Milton has a plaque from film production company thanking them for co-operation during the shoot. Even in early 1970s Milton had no traffic light on main drag and could still pass for Deep South. Artist had studio in the 'store'. Tall ceiling allowed for suggestion of a second floor via a dummy staircase. Post office was one of the 3 attached store fronts. See more »

Quotes

Lady Torrance: Are you a lady's man?
Valentine 'Snakeskin' Xavier: It's been said that a woman can burn a man down... I can burn a woman down.
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Soundtracks

Blanket Roll Blues
Music by Kenyon Hopkins
Lyrics by Tennessee Williams
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The Fugitive Kind
30 December 2011 | by (Portland OR) – See all my reviews

Not one of the best by Tennessee Williams, a lot of overwritten speeches and blatant metaphors. The core cast -- Brando, Magnani, and Woodward -- are all very good, and Stapleton is wonderful in her small role. The characters are the usual bunch of wild cards and frustrated souls, and the drama involves some pretty heady subject matter. Lumet's direction is strong too, with some wonderful camera-work and staging. Even the score is good. It's just the dialogue that stinks. It's not all bad, but boy there are a few big eye-rollers in there. Still, it's worth seeing for the performances and Brando fans shouldn't be disappointed.


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