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Orpheus Descending (1990)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 24 September 1990
Val Xavier is a drifter in 1940's Mississippi who brings new life to an Italian immigrant woman trapped in a loveless marriage.

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Jabe Torrance
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Talbot
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Lady Torrance
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Beulah
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Dolly Hamma
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Peewee
Michael McCarty ...
Dog Hamma
Buddy Saba Taweel ...
Papa Romano
Jaquilin Sadler ...
Lady as Child
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Vee Talbot
Anne Twomey ...
Carol Cutrere
Marlene Cameron ...
Eva Temple
Peg Small ...
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Val Xavier is a drifter in 1940's Mississippi who brings new life to an Italian immigrant woman trapped in a loveless marriage. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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24 September 1990 (USA)  »

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Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending  »

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The original Broadway production of "Orpheus Descending" by Tennessee Williams opened at the Martin Beck Theater on March 21, 1957 and ran for 68 performances. See more »

Quotes

Val Xavier: Nobody ever gets to know *no body*. We're all of us sentenced to solitary confinements in our own lonely skins for life.
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Version of The Fugitive Kind (1960) See more »

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Orpheus Upended
15 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

After watching this TV-movie on TCM recently, originally produced and aired on its sister network TBS, I couldn't believe that the talents of Vanessa Redgrave and Sidney Lumet created such a poor version of this classic myth. Redgrave, though always beautiful and interesting to watch, is ludicrous as the Italian Lady Torrance. Her accent vacillates between pidgin Italian and cast-upon-the-moors Irish. I couldn't tell what she was saying half the time. Thank God for closed captions. Although I love Redgrave in Blow-Up, Howard's End and Mrs. Dalloway, she was insufferable in this movie. The whole turgid mess was miscast, poorly produced, out-of-focus (literally and figuratively) and just plain awful. And I'm big fan of Tennessee Williams. I had looked forward to watching this movie when I caught it on the TCM schedule, but honestly, if you like Redgrave, Lumet and Williams do yourself a favor and skip this one. It leaves a very bad taste in your mouth, and the tragedy and haunting beauty of the original myth are nowhere to be found.


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