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Tennessee Williams (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
18 August 1960 (Japan) See more »
...and now the screen is struck by lightning ! See more »
Val Xavier, a drifter of obscure origins arrives at a small town and gets a job in a store run by Lady Torrence... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marlon Brando ... Valentine 'Snakeskin' Xavier

Anna Magnani ... Lady Torrance

Joanne Woodward ... Carol Cutrere

Maureen Stapleton ... Vee Talbot

Victor Jory ... Jabe M. Torrance

R.G. Armstrong ... 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
Janice Mars ... Attendant's Wife
Debbie Lynch ... Lonely Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeanne Barr ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Neil Harrison ... (uncredited)
Herb Vigran ... Caliope Player (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Lumet 
Writing credits
Tennessee Williams (screenplay) and
Meade Roberts (screenplay)

Tennessee Williams (play "Orpheus Descending")

Produced by
Martin Jurow .... producer
George Justin .... associate producer
Richard Shepherd .... producer (as Richard A. Shepherd)
Original Music by
Kenyon Hopkins 
Cinematography by
Boris Kaufman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Carl Lerner 
Art Direction by
Richard Sylbert 
Set Decoration by
Gene Callahan  (as Eugene Callahan)
Costume Design by
Frank L. Thompson  (as Frank Thompson)
Makeup Department
Robert Jiras .... makeup
Phil Rhodes .... makeup (as Philip Rhodes)
Mary Roche .... hair stylist
Production Management
Steve Bono .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles H. Maguire .... assistant director
Sound Department
James A. Gleason .... sound recordist (as James Gleason)
Frank Lewin .... sound editor
Dick Vorisek .... rerecordist (as Richard Vorisek)
Philip Gleason .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Larry Duran .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Fortune .... head gaffer
Edward Knott .... head grip
Saul Midwall .... camera operator
Muky .... unit photographer (as Muky Munkacsi)
Jimmy Gatland .... grip (uncredited)
Harold Posner .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Newman .... wardrobe
Flo Transfield .... wardrobe
Music Department
Kenyon Hopkins .... conductor
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Steve Bono .... production coordinator (as Stephen Bono)
Helen Burta .... production secretary
Marguerite James .... script supervisor
Mickey Knox .... dialogue supervisor
Jud Taylor .... dialogue supervisor
Robert Whitehead .... producer: Broadway, Producers Theatre, Inc.
Mart Crowley .... production assistant (uncredited)

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119 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Australia:PG (alternate rating) | Australia:M (original rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (video) | UK:15 (video) | USA:Approved | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

Marlon Brando became the first actor to be paid $1 million for a single film when he signed on to appear in the screen-adaptation of Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending". Nearing the end of her contract with MGM, Elizabeth Taylor had earlier signed a $1 million contract with 20th Century-Fox to appear in 'Cleopatra' (1960), breaking that salary threshold in Hollywood.See more »
Valentine 'Snakeskin' Xavier:I got myself into a situation here, Lady.
Lady Torrance:No, you're not fooling me, mister. She's waiting for you outside.
Valentine 'Snakeskin' Xavier:No.
Lady Torrance:In her car, yes.
Valentine 'Snakeskin' Xavier:No...
Valentine 'Snakeskin' Xavier:I want you to understand.
Lady Torrance:What?
Valentine 'Snakeskin' Xavier:I got myself into a situation here that I can't get out of.
Lady Torrance:Not in a town like this.
Valentine 'Snakeskin' Xavier:I've been threatened with violence if I stay here through the night.
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Movie Connections:
Version of Orpheus Descending (1990) (TV)See more »
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25 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
A Bird With No Feet Can't Land Anywhere, 26 May 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I suspect that Tennessee Williams probably agreed to change the title of his classically sounding play Orpheus Descending to The Fugitive Kind in order to insure box office. Possibly some of Marlon Brando's fans garnered from The Wild One might pay their admissions thinking they were seeing something like that. I can think of worst ways to be exposed to one of America's most respected playwrights.

This was Brando's second time doing Williams for the screen, the first time being A Streetcar Named Desire. Curiously enough this was Anna Magnani's second time doing Tennessee Williams for the screen as well, she won an Oscar in 1955 for The Rose Tattoo. So the combination of Brando and Magnani seemed a natural for the screen. I don't think The Fugitive Kind is as good as Streetcar or The Rose Tattoo, but the parts are meaty enough roles for both these honored players.

Characters seem to drift in to The Fugitive Kind from other Williams work. Brando's Val Xavier is quite like Chance Wayne in Sweet Bird of Youth, in fact in the review's title is the illusion Brando himself makes of his character. He's an early 30 something drifter with a talent for sex and music, the former probably more than the latter.

Unlike Chance, Xavier doesn't have a female keeper, but he'd like to find one. He passes up liaison with the town trollop played by a third Oscar winner in the cast, Joanne Woodward for the older and married Anna Magnani.

Magnani is trapped in a loveless marriage to a dying Victor Jory, a petty tyrant who runs the town general store. Like Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Jory is dying of cancer at a much more advanced stage of the disease than Burl Ives had. Picture Big Mama from that play hot to trot for Chance Wayne and you've got the essence of The Fugitive Kind.

Joanne Woodward has an interesting part. Part of her loose behavior is in rebellion against the time honored tradition of institutional racism that is the south that Tennessee Williams grew up in. I'm not an expert on Tennessee Williams, but of the works I've seen that are revived frequently, this is the only one where Williams directly brings up racism.

Orpheus Descending on Broadway only ran 68 performances in 1957. Two members from the Broadway cast made it to the screen, R.G. Armstrong as the sheriff repeating his role and Maureen Stapleton who had Joanne Woodward's part on stage, essays the part of the sheriff's wife who also is married to another middle aged tyrant. Considered a lesser work of Williams at first, Orpheus Descending is now revived frequently by stock theater companies everywhere. A critically acclaimed revival on Broadway in 1989 with Vanessa Redgrave and Tammy Grimes and Kevin Anderson helped bring Orpheus Descending into its proper place in the sun.

Maybe if a remake is ever done, it will even be done under its proper original title. Till then we can be well satisfied with this version.

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