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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
Michele LeBlanc .... co-executive 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 .... 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
Location Management
Christina DeCharles .... assistant location manager
Jimi Woods .... location manager
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
Kristin Eliason .... piano hand double
Nick Erickson .... choreographer
Teri Fischer .... first production accountant
Jeff Galpin .... animal wrangler
Laurent Gougneau .... chef
Warren Goz .... financial consultant (as Warren T. Goz)
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
Michele LeBlanc .... entertainment & tax credit counsel
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-Lindley .... post-production accountant (as Marilyn Penn)
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)
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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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A delightful drama,, 5 November 2010
Author: Samiam3 from Canada

Somewhere between identifiable conventionalism and unconventional realism is the emotional tone that encompasses The Loss of a Tear Drop Diamond. It is sort of contrived but not too incredible and surprisingly heart warming. Although at times it can be equally heart chilling. Either way, you enjoy the feeling, without loving the movie, but it makes it a descent watch.

We are introduced to Fisher: the spoiled, self-obsessed daughter of a rich plantation owner, who is locally disliked. Fisher herself is not fond of the community but she attends parties whenever she can. She is is in search of a new escort, so she turns to Jimmy, the son of Tennessee's former governor. A poor boy who looks after his drunk father and sick mother, while Fishers only concern is to make sure she looks good with a man by her side.

We come two expect two things at this point: One, Fisher as a character will grow up, and get a heart, and two, she and Jimmy will fall in love. By the end, it does happen, but not in the spectacular fashion one might expect. Indeed one good quality The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond is that it is not predictable. This is not the product of a conventional writer or a studio voice, it is the product of Tennesse William's one of America's great play writes, whose script for this must have been shelved for decades collecting dust before it was embraced. Now it feels fresh as ever.

The movie is not so much driven by plot as much as it is by a movie stealing, fiery performance from Bryce Dallas Howard. She pulls the strings of the audience as well as any good director can. We hate her when we are supposed to hate her, and we love her when we are supposed to lover her. She also does a sensational job of acting with her face, which brings me to another effective quality of the movie. It is beautiful, rich and luscious, with every shot dressed up nicely. Even the diamonds on Fisher's dress sparkle so brilliantly, you might find yourself flirting with the question of whether any digital effects were used. I've certainly never seen a sunrise as golden as it does here.

If there is a problem with the movie, it needs a little more time to invest in characters outside of Fisher. As a romance, the movie is questionable, not so much because of cheap filmaking, but because of a deliberate decision to keep things a bit distant. In fact, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond when all is said and done, is more of a drama than a romance, like William's masterpiece A Street Car Named Desire.

This one has a far happier outcome than Street Car, and I will be among the few to say it but, I found it more agreeable. The Loss of A Tear Drop Diamond is crafted nicely, with a little room for improvement, but it is easily recommendable. It is strangely delightful.

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