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The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond -- The story of Fisher Willow, the disliked 1920s Memphis débutante daughter of a plantation owner with a distaste for narrow-minded people and a penchant for shocking and insulting those around her. After returning from studies overseas, Fisher falls in love with Jimmy, the down-and-out son of an alcoholic father and an insane mother who works at a store on her family's plantation. She tries to pass him off as an upper-class suitor to appease the spinster aunt who controls her family's fortune, but when she loses a diamond, it places their tenuous relationship in further jeopardy.
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Bryce Dallas Howard ... Fisher

Chris Evans ... Jimmy

Will Patton ... Mr. Dobyne

Ann-Margret ... Cornelia

Mamie Gummer ... Julie

Jessica Collins ... Vinnie

Ellen Burstyn ... Addie

Peter Gerety ... Mr. Van Hooven

Marin Ireland ... Esmeralda

Zoe Perry ... Mathilde

Barbara Garrick ... Mrs. Dobyne

Zach Grenier ... Mr. Fenstermaker

Laila Robins ... Mrs. Fenstermaker

Susan Blommaert ... Addie's Nurse

Carol Sutton ... Susie

Rhoda Griffis ... Secretary
Harold Evans ... William

Geraldine Singer ... Nurse

Marco St. John ... Mr. Willow

Jenny Shakeshaft ... Caroline (as Jennifer Sipes)
Melissa Odom ... Relative
Terrance Taplin ... Fats
Alana McNair ... Dottie

Douglas M. Griffin ... Bathroom Man (as Douglas Griffin)
Erin Jackson-Legris ... Ballroom Voice #1 (voice)
Brittany Zimmerle ... Ballroom Voice #2 (voice)
Charles Pineda ... Hank

Derrick Denicola ... Tommy

John Gregory Willard ... Drunk Boy #1 (as John Willard)
Hevin Hampton ... Drunk Boy #2

Trent Dee ... Happy

Natalia Payne ... Gypsy (as Natalya Payne)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jillian Batherson ... Fenstermaker Girl (uncredited)

Ross Britz ... Clapping Boy (uncredited)

Hunter Burke ... Fenstermaker Boy (uncredited)

Courtney James Clark ... Fenstermaker Girl (uncredited)
Drew Langhart ... Fenstermaker Guy (uncredited)
Ryan Chase Lee ... Extra (uncredited)
Jill Miller ... Fenstermaker Girl (uncredited)

Kelly Phelan ... Ballroom dancer (uncredited)
Ryan Reinike ... Eddie (uncredited)
Robert W. Savina ... Chaperone (uncredited)

Directed by
Jodie Markell 
Writing credits
Tennessee Williams (screenplay)

Produced by
Brad M. Gilbert .... producer (as Brad Michael Gilbert)
Ronald H. Gilbert .... executive producer
Robbie Kass .... co-producer
Molly M. Mayeux .... line producer (as Molly Mayeux)
Roxanna Raanan .... associate producer
Mark L. Ruberg .... associate producer (as Mark Ruberg)
Brad Stokes .... co-producer
Original Music by
Mark Orton 
Cinematography by
Giles Nuttgens (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Susan E. Morse 
Jeremy Workman 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
Production Design by
Richard Hoover 
David Stein 
Set Decoration by
Alice Baker 
Costume Design by
Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko  (as Chrisi Karvonides)
Makeup Department
Vivian Baker .... makeup department head
Darryl W. Goetzman .... key hair stylist
Stacey Herbert .... makeup artist
Anne James .... hair stylist
Emanuel Millar .... hair stylist: Bryce Dallas Howard
Emanuel Millar .... hair department head
Donita Miller .... hair stylist (as Donita Sather)
Noreen Wilkie .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Jonathan Lynch .... production supervisor
Anthony Rossi III .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher S. Bryson .... first assistant director
Irina Bryson .... key second assistant director
Matt Miller .... second second assistant director
Sean O'Regan .... second second assistant director
Art Department
David Adams .... set dresser
Michael Arena .... on-set greens
David Keith Broome .... greens foreman
Kim S. Carey .... set dresser
Monique Champagne .... buyer
Kenneth Chauvin .... set dresser
Michael Hendrick .... set dresser (as Michael E. Hendrick)
Michael A. Johnson .... leadman
Alexander Lasseigne III .... set dresser
Melanie Lewis .... buyer
Sam Lothridge .... on-set dresser
Louise Lynch .... art department coordinator
Michael S. Martin .... property master
Carl Mastio .... greensman
Cory Parker .... assistant property master
Jason Perlander .... set dresser (as Jason 'Monkey Boy' Perlander)
Alixandra Petrovich .... set dresser
David Lee Toth .... set dresser
Markus Wittman .... set dresser
Sound Department
Steve C. Aaron .... additional sound mixer
Chuck Buch .... sound mixer
Derek Casari .... adr engineer
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
John Evans .... boom operator
Ryan Farris .... sound utility
Robert Fernandez .... sound
Matthew Haasch .... foley supervisor
Andy Kris .... sound re-recording mixer
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Mary Ellen Porto .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Matthew Scurry .... special effects technician
Ken Speed .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Chris Gelles .... visual effects executive producer: & Company
Peter Heady .... DI finishing artist
David Isyomin .... visual effects supervisor: & Company
Mark Scott Friedman .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Phil O'Dell .... stunt coordinator
Robin Hart Smith .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Patrick Barnes .... camera loader
Kevin Boyle .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Chip Carey .... best boy electric
Rowland Egerton .... best boy rigging grip
Henry Guzman .... rigging electrician
Penelope Helmer .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Richard T. Hoover .... grip
Franklin Jones II .... key rigging grip
Michael D. Kennedy .... rigging electrician
Justin LeBlanc .... electrician
Gerard Martin .... film loader
Hobby Morrison .... camera operator
Paul Olinde .... gaffer
Patti Perret .... still photographer
Peter D. Roome .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Rick Secosky .... grip
Jeff Taylor .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Randy Tharpe .... grip
Robb W. Turner .... lamp operator
Darren Ursin .... rigging grip
Jeremy Webre .... grip
Casting Department
Marty Cherrix .... casting director: Louisiana
Micah Haley .... casting coordinator
David H. Kramer .... voice casting (as David Kramer)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandra Algood .... wardrobe assistant
Suzanne M.B. Chambliss .... wardrobe production assistant
Loretta Harper .... set costumer
Aurora Knox .... seamstress (as Aurora C. Knox)
Ashlie Philastre .... set costumer (as Ashlie E. Philastre)
Robin Roberts .... costume supervisor
Andrea Sweet .... key costumer
Ashley Thomas .... wardrobe production assistant
Editorial Department
Chris Beardsley .... technician: Arriscan
Jennifer Chiurco .... editorial intern
John Dowdell .... digital intermediate colorist
Matt Garner .... additional editor
Peter Heady .... digital intermediate finishing artist
Jean Lane .... digital intermediate producer
David O. Rogers .... assistant editor
Daniel Silverman .... digital imaging supervisor
Tim Spitzer .... digital intermediate supervisor
Music Department
Ara Anderson .... musician
Ben Goldberg .... musician
Jon-Erik Kellso .... musician
Carla Kihlstedt .... musician
Dan Levinson .... period music consultant
Joe Mulherin .... music supervisor
Joe Mulherin .... score producer
Mark Orton .... musician
Mark Orton .... score producer
Chris Robertson .... music clearance
Transportation Department
Samuel Wayne Beitz .... driver: honeywagon
Brian Buquoi .... driver: cast
Dale Combs .... honeywagon operator
Monica W. Fuller .... driver (as Monica Williamson)
Danny Mortenson .... transportation coordinator
Willie D. Partin .... transportation captain
Paul Salard III .... production van driver
Doug Wilson .... transportation captain
Other crew
Barbara Balentine .... stand in: female/lead
Samuel Birdsong .... production assistant
Brian Buquoi .... production assistant
J.P. Byrd .... assistant chef
Jade King Carroll .... production assistant
Christina DeCharles .... assistant location manager
Kristin Eliason .... piano hand double
Nick Erickson .... choreographer
Teri Fischer .... first production accountant
Jeff Galpin .... animal wrangler
Laurent Gougneau .... chef
Warren T. Goz .... financial consultant
Kristen Horn .... assistant to Ms. Howard (as Kristen Colozzi)
Scott M. King .... set production assistant
Susie Labry .... stand-in
John Landers .... craft service
Cornell P. Landry .... assistant chef
Lauren Leach .... production coordinator
Kevin Lorio .... key set production assistant
Jessica Luebe .... stand-in (as Jessica Dwyer)
Bethany McCullough .... assistant choreographer
Stewart McMichael .... financial consultant
Alana McNair .... assistant to Ms. Markell
Alana McNair .... first assistant: director
Tim Monich .... dialect coach
Marilyn Penn .... post-production accountant
Philip Robert .... production assistant
Stephen W. Rodriguez .... assistant chef
Stephanie Strother .... assistant to Ms. Markell
Stephanie Strother .... assistant to director
Samuel W. Sullivan .... script supervisor
Tara Testa .... assistant to Mr. Evans
Shayne Tingle .... lead stand-in
Robert Waddell .... assistant chef (as Robert 'Bobnoxious' Waddell)
Jimi Woods .... location manager
Tennessee Williams .... dedicatee (as Tennessee)

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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and drug content
USA:102 min
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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
"Diamond" is a Real Gem, 9 September 2010
Author: Brent Trafton from Long Beach, CA

"The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond," is a real gem but it is not for everyone. If you are not a big Tennessee Williams fan, you probably will not like it. If you are unfamiliar with Tennessee Williams, then you are better off watching "A Streetcar Named Desire," or "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

Admittedly, this is not one of Williams' best stories. The reason the film works so well is the acting and directing.

I had seen Bryce Dallas Howard in a few other films but they did not prepare me for this absolutely thrilling performance. This is not just the best performance of the year but it is the best performance in the past several years. She brings the character of Fisher Willow to life the way that Vivian Leigh did for Blanche DuBois. In many ways Fisher Willow is like a young version of Blanche.

Fisher is a typical Williams' heroine. She initially comes off as a selfish, self centered, Southern Belle but underneath she is much more fragile than anyone suspects. Bryce Dallas Howard is able to bring this out with such complexity and nuance that we can sympathize with a character that we should not care about so much. Even in her best moments she seems as though she could shatter at any moment.

This performance alone is enough reason to see this film.

The story follows the familiar themes covered in other Tennessee Williams stories: loneliness, loss of wealth, fall from grace, and battling interior demons. The teardrop diamond could represent the wealth and status her family once had. It is not just a $5000 jewel. It is a symbol of what her family once was and what was once the old South.

Jodie Markell does an impressive job directing. Her style is old school. She knows when to let the camera linger and when to let the scenes play out. The film does not seem rushed and it never drags. The cinematography is gorgeous with burnished orange dominating the color palette.

"The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond," may not be one of the four best movies made from a Tennessee Williams story but it is not far behind. This is mandatory viewing for any fan of Tennessee Williams.

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