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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)
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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16 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Tennessee Williams would be embarrassed, 8 September 2010
Author: gradyharp from United States

LOSS OF A TEARDROP DIAMOND is a film that tries hard to be significant and important and barely keeps the viewer seated until it is over. The 'screenplay' is credited to Tennessee Williams (who has been dead since 1983), having been written in 1957, a year after 'Baby Doll', and while the screenplay may have been completed by Williams, it has obviously been 'touched up' by someone else: Williams more than likely never planned to have the work on celluloid. The cast is adequate, given the material, and the direction (Jodie Markell) is pretty shoddy. It probably would have been best to leave this 'screenplay' by one of America's greatest playwrights on the shelf.

Fisher Willlow (Bryce Dallas Howard) is from wealth in Tennessee, but her family is disliked because of a levee built by the father that ruined the hopes of farmers in the area. She is a shallow, resented, needy, attention hungry woman, unmarried and past her Southern prime, having spent her 'debut years' abroad studying in Paris (and being hospitalized in Zurich for mental illness). She returns home, fancies the hunky Jimmy Dobyne (Chris Evans) who is the grandson of the ex-mayor of the town, but who spends his time caring for this alcoholic failure of a father (Will Patton) and his institutionalized mentally ill mother (Barbara Garrick). Not having viable social connections, Fisher invites Jimmy to be her social escort, buys him tuxedos and clothes to make him look like a wealthy suitor, borrows the family teardrop diamond earrings from Cornelia (Ann-Margaret), and is off to a Halloween party hosted by Julie (Mamie Gummer). On the way into the party Fisher loses one of the teardrop diamonds, and flies into a panic. She is summoned upstairs by the mother of Julie - Addie (Ellen Burstyn) - who has had multiple strokes and longs to die. Knowing that Fisher is a headstrong woman, Addie convinces Fisher to 'assist' her death by handing her what amounts to be an overdose of pills. Meanwhile, downstairs, Jimmy has taken up with a guest of Julie's - Vinnie (Jessica Collins), who has a history of being a salesclerk in a drugstore thus making her not of the same echelon as the others at the party. Apparently Jimmy and Vinnie had been friends before and passion enters seemingly binding the two social misfits. But reality steps in when Fisher discovers the developments and the social rules win out. The ending is too sanguine to mention.

The elements that were the recipe for Tennessee William's highly successful plays and films are repeated here, but now we have no character with whom we can empathize: everyone is a plagiarized caricature of Williams' popular tropes. A shame.

Grady Harp

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