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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carrie Lang
William Converse-Roberts ...
Susan Batson ...
Mr. Berman
Mrs. Nelson
Imogene Bliss ...
Michael Champagne ...
Supermarket Manager
Gloria Cromwell ...
Bus Terminal Matron
Young Thug
Matthew Locricchio ...
Pat McNamara ...
Josephine Nichols ...
Bag Lady in Ladies' Rm.


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

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5 November 1985 (USA)  »

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Ein Bett aus Asphalt  »

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Lucy appeared on the Tonight Show with Joan Rivers to promote the movie and shared that she had lost over 20 lbs and that she was refused service at a restaurant while shooting, due to her appearance and the place not recognizing her. See more »


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 »


Florabelle: New York City water... the best water in the country... what'd you think?
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Referenced in The Simpsons: No Loan Again, Naturally (2009) See more »

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Great Drama by Lucille Ball
16 March 2003 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

I think our Lucy gave one of her best in this film. She is always one who was never afraid to look ugly (on film, anyway). She is just great and I am so sorry that the rest of the cast is under par and never really matches her power as a performer. I was able to view it at the Museum of Television and Radio and I highly recommend it for any one who is a fan of the first lady of television.

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