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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:
Extremely poignant and captivating! 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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1.66 : 1 See more »
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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:
Tennessee Williams wrote the play with both Marlon Brando and Anna Magnani in mind, but neither wanted to do the theatrical version.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Masked and Anonymous (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
Blanket Roll BluesSee more »

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62 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
Extremely poignant and captivating!, 28 August 2000

Tennessee Williams was a stunning writer for the theater... The impact of his plays can overwhelm an audience with its superior force...

Written in 1957, "Orpheus Descending" is a reconstruction of Williams' 1940 "Battle of Angels," filmed under Sidney Lumet's direction as "The Fugitive Kind."

Williams subtracted elements of the ancient myth of Orpheus and Euridice to examine the sadistically patriarchal Southern Gothic town and to create a violent plot, involving ruined love, weakness, sex, betrayal, vengeance and lingering hatreds... "Orpheus Descending" shows how social prejudice threatens the lives of identified outsiders...

This classic play is not quite his masterpiece... "A Streetcar Named Desire" is... It lacks some of the regretful charm of "The Glass Menagerie" and the entire impact of "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof." Nevertheless it is a deeply moving work of art...

Williams was known for his compelling dialog and themes that - for their time - often seemed strange or shocking... He vividly suggested the sexual tensions and prevented violence of his tormented character, usually with compassion as well as irony...

The film focuses on a handsome drifter from New Orleans, named Val Xavier, wearing a snake skin jacket - Williams' trademark of a rebel, non-conformist - Val is a "fugitive kind" who comes in off the highway... He is a rural Orpheus who descends to rescue his love, not in Hades precisely, but among the intrigue, chatter, and violence of the hot-tempered town of Two Rivers, Mississippi... He is a wandering guitar player who embarks on an affair with a lonely frustrated unhappy storekeeper's wife Lady Torrance...

Anna Magnani is intelligently sensual and charming as Lady... Joanne Woodward is the hungry grotesque drunken Carol who tries to seduce Val in a cemetery... Both women are so intense, that they force you to become involved with them...

The genuine community provides also interesting watching: Victor Jory, positively magnetic as the brutal oppressive husband Jabe Torrence; the vindictive sheriff R. G. Armstrong; and the soft-hearted Vee (Maureen Stapleton).

Lady Torrence is a study of the immigrant woman who has acquired a patina of resilient toughness but who slowly admits her sensuality... She catches perfectly contradictory emotions of one who is wary of the stranger but who longs for his healing touch...

With handsome magnetism, Brando is no less compelling... He is quite convincing avoiding all the clichés of the drifting Don Juan... With some kind of lucid intensity, he mixes his character's predatory and uncivil arrogance with flashes of sweet tenderness...

The film (definitely worth seeing) is extremely poignant and captivating... The direction is excellent and the action moves very smoothly, never allowing you to relax...

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