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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.

Director:

Peter Hall

Writers:

Tennessee Williams (play), Peter Hall
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Anderson ... Val Xavier
Brad Sullivan ... Jabe Torrance
Manning Redwood ... Talbot
Vanessa Redgrave ... Lady Torrance
Sloane Shelton ... Beulah
Patti Allison ... Dolly Hamma
Pat McNamara Pat McNamara ... Peewee
Michael McCarty Michael McCarty ... Dog Hamma
Buddy Saba Taweel Buddy Saba Taweel ... Papa Romano
Jaquilin Sadler Jaquilin Sadler ... Lady as Child
Doyle Richmond Doyle Richmond ... Conjure Man
Miriam Margolyes ... Vee Talbot
Anne Twomey Anne Twomey ... Carol Cutrere
Marlene Cameron Marlene Cameron ... Eva Temple
Peg Small 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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending See more »

Filming Locations:

Jacksonville, Florida, USA

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Emerson's TV & Film debut. He played a clown in a brief scene toward the end. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Version of The Fugitive Kind (1960) See more »

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Unbelievable! What a masterpiece!
14 August 2017 | by rebeccax5See 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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