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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Val Xavier
... Jabe Torrance
... Talbot
... Lady Torrance
Sloane Shelton ... Beulah
... Dolly Hamma
Pat McNamara ... Peewee
Michael McCarty ... Dog Hamma
Buddy Saba Taweel ... Papa Romano
Jaquilin Sadler ... Lady as Child
Doyle Richmond ... Conjure Man
... Vee Talbot
Anne Twomey ... Carol Cutrere
Marlene Cameron ... Eva Temple
Peg Small ... Sister Temple
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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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Michael Emerson's TV & Film debut. He played a clown in a brief scene toward the end. See more »

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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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Unbelievable! What a masterpiece!
14 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

Somehow I had never seen this. It showed tonight on Turner Classics and Vanessa Redgraves, who was always great, took it to a level I had never seen this or the play before. I hope there is video obtainable of this on the stage with Redgraves and Anderson.

When acting is as great as this it legitimizes the profession to do more the pander or entertain. It's both tragic and comic as well as a statement on human stupidity and evil.


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