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Director:
Writers:
Tennessee Williams (screenplay) and
Meade Roberts (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
18 August 1960 (Japan) See more »
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Tagline:
...and now the screen is struck by lightning ! See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
A wild emotional and dramatic ride, not quite believable, but a hyper small town world See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
119 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG (alternate rating) | Australia:M (original rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Masked and Anonymous (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
Blanket Roll BluesSee more »

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A wild emotional and dramatic ride, not quite believable, but a hyper small town world, 16 June 2011
Author: secondtake from United States

The Fugitive Kind (1960)

This is one of those great movies that slips its way into that big gap between the great Hollywood Golden Age to the great New Hollywood of the late 1960s. An awful lot of films from the period between (1955-65) are weak or even downright bad, big budgets and all. The Hollywood gems in that time are usually a little gut wrenching, and many are based on plays, or push political issues (I'm thinking of "The Apartment" and "The Manchurian Candidate"). The famous directors coming to their own during time include Elia Kazan and Robert Wise, and of course Sidney Lumet, who directed this one.

This is all working class, plainspeaking, emotive material. Right from the get-go with leading man Marlon Brando doing a long take as he stands before a judge, we are filled with heart-wrenching stuff, people who want to be something and don't know how, or people with big hearts that are broken or dirty. The cast, beyond Brando, is terrific: Joanne Woodward as a young floozy with a sharp sense of independence, Maureen Stapleton as a simple and faith filled wife of the sheriff, and Anna Magnani, intense and troubled but superior in her own out of place way.

There are powerful displays of white narrow-mindedness (call it bigotry, but it is largely aimed at just anyone they don't like) that don't quite fall into clichés, there is love that shouldn't be and that never is, there is old world morality and inbred local gossipy immorality. Things are bound for collision even by twenty minutes in, and there are innuendoes and hidden histories waiting to blossom.

Lumet has a knack for the serious, with his 1957 breakthrough film "12 Angry Men" a template for his career. As lively and even crazy as this movie is, it's also probing deeply into human woe and maladjustment (often deliberate). The core of the writing belongs to Tennessee Williams, who of course is all about inner troubles and outward misunderstood or mistaken actions. There is nothing superficial here, not in the acting, the filming, or the scenes (set in the South but filmed near Saratoga Springs, New York). And if the wet, dark nights scenes and interiors with people quarreling and fighting aren't enough to suck you in, the story, about wanting to live, nothing more, is beautiful and important. All four of the main characters are deeply good people, and all flawed in small but debilitating ways.

Which should sound familiar. As over the top as it sometimes seems, you'll identify with the position some of the people end up in. Brando is temperamental but patient and with a profound sense of justice. Woodward is a free spirit misunderstood (and punished) but the uptight and hypocritical society around her. The themes are frank for 1960, including an implication of a male so manly and irresistible the women want him (and get him) even when it's completely wrong. And when it's right. The sexuality, partly pumped up by the writing of the openly gay playwright (Williams), is all over Brando's face and in his scenes. And this is his movie.

High high drama, but from within. And explosive. Don't miss it.

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