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Stone Pillow (1985)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  5 November 1985 (USA)
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In an effort to understand the plight of homeless women living on the streets, young social worker, Carrie Lange (Daphne Zuniga) attempts befriending a homeless woman named Florabelle ('... See full summary »

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Florabelle
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Carrie Lang
William Converse-Roberts ...
Max
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Tim
Susan Batson ...
Ruby
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Collins
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Mr. Berman
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Mrs. Nelson
Imogene Bliss ...
Violet
Michael Champagne ...
Supermarket Manager
Gloria Cromwell ...
Bus Terminal Matron
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Young Thug
Matthew Locricchio ...
Tony
Pat McNamara ...
Daggett
Josephine Nichols ...
Bag Lady in Ladies' Rm.
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In an effort to understand the plight of homeless women living on the streets, young social worker, Carrie Lange (Daphne Zuniga) attempts befriending a homeless woman named Florabelle ('Lucille Ball'). Florabelle believes Carrie is runaway and tells her to go to the homeless shelter for help. Carrie stops another woman from stealing Florabelle's cart and gains her dubious trust. So begins Carrie's education in survival on the streets of Manhattan. Florabelle begins to teach Carrie street survival skills such as when threatened act crazy-the crazier the better, drinking vinegar to toughen the feet and innards, which garbage cans are good to go through for food, and where to find places to sleep and for warmth. This movie makes an effort to investigate the plight of the homeless and what avenues can be taken to help them to help themselves. Written by tonileigh58@yahoo.com

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For this movie which is set in the winter, Lucille Ball had to wear several layers of heavy clothes and as a result had to be hospitalized for dehydration. At this time her doctors also informed her that she was allergic to cigarettes, which she had been smoking for 56 years. See more »

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A grocery bag from "Publix" is clearly visible in Florabelle's cart. There is not now, nor has there ever been a Publix store in or around New York. See more »

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Florabelle: New York City water... the best water in the country... what'd you think?
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Lucille works admirably hard, but results are still pretty sticky...
8 March 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Post-graduate do-gooder, wanting to help the homeless without having any knowledge of how they survive, befriends a very popular bag-lady. TV-movie with more gloss and Hollywood-ized uplift than actual grit. Still, it's a chance to see Lucille Ball in one of her last acting roles, and Lucy commands attention even if there isn't an actual character here for her to portray (her Florabelle is so florid, she's tough to take seriously). Ball would seem to be miscast but, just as with her musical debacle "Mame", she overcomes the obviousness of the scenario and the conception of her role in it; however, also as with "Mame", she is unable to break through the plastic coating and deliver a triumph. The finale, with Florabelle getting her garden, is memorable, and the movie is interesting if not terribly successful.


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