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The Fugitive Kind

Genres: Drama, Criterion Collection, Romance, 50s, Affairs, Based on Stage Play, Romantic Drama

Cast: Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward, Maureen Stapleton

Director: Sidney Lumet

Synopsis: Four Academy Award-winning actors—Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward, and Maureen Stapleton—sink their teeth into this enthralling drama, which brings together the legendary talents of director Sidney Lumet and writer Tennessee Williams.
A smoldering, snakeskin-jacketed Brando is Val Xavier, a guitar-strumming drifter trying to go straight. He finds work and solace in a southern small-town variety store run by Lady Torrance (Magnani), who's lonely, sexually frustrated, and abused by her vile, deathly ill husband, and who proves as much a temptation for Val as local wild child Carol (Woodward). Lumet captures the intense, fearless performances and Williams' hot-blooded storytelling and social critique with his customary restraint, resulting in a drama of uncommon sophistication and craft.

Language: English

Country of Origin: United States of America

Production Year: 1959


  • "The best screen adaptation of Tennessee Williams!", David Thomson

 The Fugitive Kind
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