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Stone Pillow (1985)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 5 November 1985
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 »


George Schaefer




Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucille Ball ... Florabelle
Daphne Zuniga ... Carrie Lang
William Converse-Roberts ... Max
Stephen Lang ... Tim
Susan Batson ... Ruby
Anna Maria Horsford ... Collins
Stefan Schnabel ... Mr. Berman
Rebecca Schull ... Mrs. Nelson
Imogene Bliss Imogene Bliss ... Violet
Michael Champagne Michael Champagne ... Supermarket Manager
Gloria Cromwell Gloria Cromwell ... Bus Terminal Matron
Patrick Kilpatrick ... Young Thug
Matthew Locricchio Matthew Locricchio ... Tony
Pat McNamara ... Daggett
Josephine Nichols 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 tonileigh58@yahoo.com

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Did You Know?


When Florabelle is mistakenly herded onto a bus to the Brooklyn shelter, an overweight woman accidentally sits on her. A similar thing happened in "The Tour" (S4;E30) in 1955, when Lucy Ricardo was switching seats on a bus tour of the movie stars' homes. 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 »


Mr. Berman: [about his drug store] The landlord raised the rent and I lost my lease.
Florabelle: Where will you go?
Mr. Berman: Where everybody goes to die - Florida.
Florabelle: It's nice and warm there, anyways.
Mr. Berman: Feh! I hate it. Nobody's under a hundred. I call it 'the last resort'.
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Crazy Credits

Over the final credits, Carrie drives Florabelle to a run-down little cottage with a garden. Flora digs her hands into the soil with smile on her face. See more »


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16 November 2006 | by jsosa-1See all my reviews

This movie has been out on DVD for about a year now. You can find it most definitely at many online DVD sites. Don't expect to find it at a DVD store--if you do you'll probably pay more than you should.

Much like many have always said already, this movie is a strong vehicle for Lucy's dramatic acting. Some critics at the time ignored the film saying that they couldn't see lovable wacky Lucy as a bag lady. Their loss. The movie is touching and heartbreaking.

It's a typical made-for-TV movie which has not aged well. The acting (literally everyone except Lucy) is hard to swallow. Casting was weak. This is Lucy's show and she delivers.

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Release Date:

5 November 1985 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Gaylord Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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