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The Fugitive Kind (1960)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 14 April 1960 (USA)
Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier, a trouble-prone drifter trying to go straight, wanders into a small Mississippi town looking for a simple and honest life but finds himself embroiled with problem-filled women.

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writers:

Tennessee Williams (screenplay), Meade Roberts (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlon Brando ... Valentine 'Snakeskin' Xavier
Anna Magnani ... Lady Torrance
Joanne Woodward ... Carol Cutrere
Maureen Stapleton ... Vee Talbot
Victor Jory ... Jabe Torrance
R.G. Armstrong ... Sheriff Jordan Talbot (as R. G. Armstrong)
Virgilia Chew Virgilia Chew ... Nurse Porter
Ben Yaffee Ben Yaffee ... 'Dog' Hamma
Joe Brown Jr. Joe Brown Jr. ... 'Pee Wee' Binnings
Mary Perry Mary Perry
Madame Spivy Madame Spivy ... Ruby Lightfoot (as Spivy)
John Baragrey ... David Cutrere
Sally Gracie Sally Gracie ... Dolly Hamma
Lucille Benson ... Beulah Binnings
Emory Richardson Emory Richardson ... Uncle Pleasant, the Conjure Man
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Storyline

Having fled New Orleans to avoid arrest, the undeniably alluring Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier (Val), a trouble-prone guitar-playing drifter, wanders into a small Mississippi town aiming to go straight and lead a quiet, simple life. He gets a job in the dry goods store owned by a sexually-frustrated middle-aged woman named Lady Torrence, whose sadistic elderly husband, Jabe, is dying. With an obscure past and passions of her own, Lady finds herself attracted to Val, pulsating with passion anew, as he presents an arousing antidote to her bitter marriage and small-town hum-drum life, but also vying for Val's attention are the alcoholic, sex-crazed Carol Cutrere and the unhappily-married Vee Talbot. Each bring their share of problems into Val's plans, himself equally tempted by these women though he succumbs to the charms of Lady. But the jealous Jabe is friends with Sheriff Talbot, who's also Vee's wife - things can't possibly end well for Val and Lady. The screenplay by Meade Roberts ... Written by pdlussier1

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THREE ACADEMY AWARD WINNERS...THE PULITZER PRIZE AUTHOR..AND NOW THE SCREEN IS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING! (original ad- all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tennessee Williams' The Fugitive Kind See more »

Filming Locations:

Milton, New York, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Pennebaker Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Director Sidney Lumet always liked to rehearse his movies for at least two weeks before he would begin to film them. However, there was no rehearsal period for this film because Anna Magnani was unwilling to rehearse, since she did not like to. Therefore, after only a three-day rehearsal period, the filming of the movie began. See more »

Quotes

Lady Torrance: Are you a lady's man?
Valentine 'Snakeskin' Xavier: It's been said that a woman can burn a man down... I can burn a woman down.
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Blanket Roll Blues
Music by Kenyon Hopkins
Lyrics by Tennessee Williams
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two superb performances
15 January 2005 | by tsbooks1See all my reviews

While The Fugitive Kind suffers from inconsistent pacing and some over-blown dialog, it is worth watching for the peerless performances delivered by Anna Magnani and Victor Jory. Magnani's desperate vulnerability and passionate need for love and vindication are so powerfully and truthfully portrayed that even the great Brando seems pale and insubstantial beside her. Without Jory's vilely hateful depiction of the dying husband, however, even Magnani's powerhouse performance couldn't save the film. Seldom has such wanton cruelty been so effectively captured on screen. Brando is a bit mannered at times but the sheer animal magnetism he possessed at this point in his career transcend the script's pretensions. Woodward wrings more than could rightfully be expected from her over-written part. R.G. Armstrong as the corrupt sheriff and Maureen Stapleton as his kind-hearted wife shine in supporting roles, but it is Magnani and Jory who transform the film into a riveting cinematic experience.


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