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.
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Did You Know?
On her sitcoms, Lucy's version of 'little old ladies' (or 'bag ladies') were always presented as a romanticized and somewhat cartoonish version of aging and poverty. For "Stone Pillow," Lucille Ball had a hand in Florabelle's make-up and costume design. 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
[about his drug store
The landlord raised the rent and I lost my lease.
Where will you go?
Where everybody goes to die - Florida.
It's nice and warm there, anyways.
Feh! I hate it. Nobody's under a hundred. I call it 'the last resort'.
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