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Viola Barlow
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Lyle Barlow
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Wanda Trimpin
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Betty
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Mr. Barlow
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Molly Barlow
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Hec Campbell
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Tom Trimpin
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Billie Jean Barlow
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Johnson
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Rose Daw
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Miss Travers
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The Barlows are a family of migrant workers who travel from city to city looking for work. The son wishes he could settle down. He meets a girl who wishes to escape her small town life. They both make plans but there are forces working against them. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Tennessee Williams story designed for prestige...but not shaped with care or attention
11 June 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

CBS television special features Ron Howard as the eldest child in a gypsy-living, crop-picking family who dreams of his independence, guiltily planning for the day when he can make a life for himself in the city--far away from the long sweaty days out in the fields. Lanford Wilson adapted the short story by Tennessee Williams, showing us the hardships behind this caravan of migrating workers who pick up and go from one crop to the next in the Southeast. Still, with such attention to the milieu, one feels the character content comes up short. Wilson and director Tom Gries spend so much time telegraphing to us that one of the workers is sick, we have nothing much to look forward to except his demise (and the burden this will place upon matriarch Cloris Leachman). Howard's relationship with factory-line worker Cindy Williams is also sketchy (and it comes as a surprise when we learn later that she's 'underage'). Leachman performs her role without affectation or vanity, and her wry way with a line of dialogue (neither saint nor sinner) goes a long way toward making the film watchable. Too bad it isn't touching, as it was undoubtedly meant to be. Wilson and Gries haven't shaped the characters with care, introducing us to them within a flurry of activity. The effect is off-putting, and the finale--a hopeful question mark--doesn't begin to resolve the central family's issues.


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