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The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 10 October 2009 (USA)
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A rebellious socialite defies social conventions for a once-in-a-lifetime shot at true love, only to see her hopes shattered after a priceless diamond vanishes into thin air. Adapted from a long-lost Tennessee Williams screenplay.

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Jodie Markell

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Tennessee Williams (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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It's the autumn of 1923. Having completed her education at the Sorbonne, wealthy Fisher Willow reluctantly returns to her plantation home in rural Tennessee just outside of Memphis upon the demand of her Aunt Cornelia Fisher to have her coming out to Memphis society and to attend the other deb balls of the season despite she being older than the typical deb. Fisher has always been considered somewhat of an outsider among her peers in this setting due to what is considered her unabashedly outrageous behavior not considered ladylike of someone in her social standing, that outsider status now exacerbated by the fact that her father purposefully blew up part of his levee in the spring, the unintentional result being property damage downstream and two men having drowned. With few options and no one asking her himself, she hires Jimmy Dobyne to be her escort to the balls. In name, Jimmy's father runs the plantation commissary, but Jimmy effectively handles those duties in Mr. Dobyne being ... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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The primary cast includes two offspring of who would be considered Hollywood heavyweights: Bryce Dallas Howard is the daughter of actor turned director Ron Howard, and Mamie Gummer is the daughter of actress Meryl Streep. See more »


Soundtracks

Alice Blue Gown
Written by Harry Tierney & Joseph McCarthy
Performed by Dan Levinson and his Canary Cottage Dance Orchestra
Produced by Joe Mulherin
By Arrangement with Redwood Music Co. and EMI Feist Catalog Inc.
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Surprising, interesting, with an excellent cast and a wonderful dramatic feel
10 January 2010 | by zkenSee all my reviews

For those of us who don't get to the theater much and depend on the cinema for our acting thrills, this film is just downright fun. The fact that it got made in this century is a pleasant and amusing surprise. Like "An Education", this film features a few strong unknown cast that are outstanding. It also features phenomenal stars Ellen Burstyn and Ann-Margret in wonderful, surprising cameos. Chris Evans shines-has their been a sexier role for a young actor? Bryce Dallas Howard is a wonder, and really pulls off a very demanding leading place in this film. Now blink you eyes and the plot takes you to a movie experience from before 1950. But that is exactly what is so fun. Southern style romance, twisted identical twins, dead bodies up the stairs-it is also somewhat predicable but very lovingly portrayed. I really like this film, exactly because I love the experience of pulling up to a movie theater on a cold winter night a getting the same good time my parents did in their day-a warm, sweet and somewhat bitter romance with a clear sense of time and place.

Don't go to this film expecting fireworks. Go for movie magic served Southern style by actors who are real and very good. This is what entertainment is about, and unfortunately it is a lost art these days.


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Language:

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Release Date:

10 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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Alexandria, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

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2.35 : 1
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