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The Fugitive Kind (1960)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 18 August 1960 (Japan)
Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier, a trouble-prone drifter trying to go straight, wanders into a small Mississippi town looking for a simple and honest life but finds himself embroiled with problem-filled women.

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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 Talbot
Emory Richardson ...
Uncle Pleasant, the Conjure Man
Madame Spivy ...
Ruby Lightfoot (as Spivy)
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Dolly Hamma
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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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Storyline

Having fled New Orleans to avoid arrest, the undeniably alluring Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier (Val), a trouble-prone guitar-playing drifter, wanders into a small Mississippi town aiming to go straight and lead a quiet, simple life. He gets a job in the dry goods store owned by a sexually-frustrated middle-aged woman named Lady Torrence, whose sadistic elderly husband, Jabe, is dying. With an obscure past and passions of her own, Lady finds herself attracted to Val, pulsating with passion anew, as he presents an arousing antidote to her bitter marriage and small-town hum-drum life, but also vying for Val's attention are the alcoholic, sex-crazed Carol Cutrere and the unhappily-married Vee Talbot. Each bring their share of problems into Val's plans, himself equally tempted by these women though he succumbs to the charms of Lady. But the jealous Jabe is friends with Sheriff Talbot, who's also Vee's wife - things can't possibly end well for Val and Lady. The screenplay by Meade Roberts ... Written by pdlussier1

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With a guitar and a snakeskin jacket he drifted out of the rain...into the lives of these two women...(original poster) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Carol Cutrere: Wild things leave skins behind them. They leave clean skins and teeth and white bones. And these are tokens, passed from one to another. So that the fugitive kind can follow their kind.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: High School Big Shot (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Blanket Roll Blues
Music by Kenyon Hopkins
Lyrics by Tennessee Williams
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A Timeless Classic!!
16 September 2004 | by (Bowling Green Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Indeed this movie is a bit wordy at times,particularly the scenes with Anna Maganani but the Quality of the Acting and the Photography/Lighting is at times second to none.In fact the lighting of the the graveyard scene inspired me years ago to become a Photographer.

The Marlon Brando/Joanne Woodword scenes are superb throughout,the scenes of the two of them ripping down the "Dixie" Highway in her beater Jaguar Convertible are priceless.Maureen Stapleton portrays an Artist with real emotion.You can feel/smell the presence of the the sweaty,racist invalid Jabe.'The Juke Joint' scenes are classic.Even the Soundtrack is good.

You must see this Outstanding movie.It will stay with you.


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