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The Fugitive Kind

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Fugitive Kind began life as Battle of Angels, a never-produced 1939 play by a young Tennessee Williams. Nearly 20 years later, Williams refined this rough-hewn theatrical effort into Orpheus Descending, which enjoyed a respectable Broadway run. The renamed film version stars Marlon Brando as Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier, a trouble-prone drifter who wanders into a deliciously Williamsesque Mississippi town. Here he becomes involved in the problems of alcoholic Carole Cutrere Joanne Woodward and unhappily married ...
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Overview

Fugitive Kind began life as Battle of Angels, a never-produced 1939 play by a young Tennessee Williams. Nearly 20 years later, Williams refined this rough-hewn theatrical effort into Orpheus Descending, which enjoyed a respectable Broadway run. The renamed film version stars Marlon Brando as Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier, a trouble-prone drifter who wanders into a deliciously Williamsesque Mississippi town. Here he becomes involved in the problems of alcoholic Carole Cutrere Joanne Woodward and unhappily married Lady Torrence Anna Magnani and also runs afoul of Torrence's vicious husband Victor Jory. Sexual symbolism abounds in this tempestuous drama, which offers Brando at his most inscrutable and Magnani at her earthiest. Maureen Stapleton, in real life one of Brando's best friends and severest critics, plays an avant-garde artist.
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Special Features

New video interview with Lumet; Three plays by Tennessee Williams, an hour-long television presentation of one-act plays, directed by Lumet in 1958, with Ben Gazarra and Lee Grant, among others; New video program discussing the playwright's work in hollywood and The Fugitive Kind; Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Thomson
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Editorial Reviews

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The Fugitive Kind finds Marlon Brando at his slush-mouthed best, in a landscape that's pure Tennessee Williams -- appropriate, since the celebrated playwright wrote the screenplay. Three years after his breakthrough direction of Twelve Angry Men (1957), Sidney Lumet helms this involving tale of a reforming petty criminal (Brando) who quickly runs afoul of the local citizenry in rural Mississippi, in spite of his best efforts to abide by the law. In the course of spouting world-weary poetic blither, Brando's Xavier Valentine catches the attention of a crass wild child (Joanne Woodward) and a repressed convenience store owner (Anna Magnani). The Fugitive Kind confounds expectations by exploring a romantic relationship between Brando and the older Magnani, rather than the blonde, age-appropriate Woodward; though true to form for Brando characters, the relationship is all argument verging on fisticuffs. Magnani's performance is the soul of the picture, as her character's years of self-abnegating emotional baggage come to the fore with tortured immediacy. In relatively little screen time, Victory Jory plumbs the depths of jealousy and racism as Magnani's domineering husband, whose seething dictatorship over his dominion far outstretches the fragility of his bedridden body. The Fugitive Kind may be a lesser picture in the careers of those involved, but that's more an indication of the richness of those careers than a knock on this worthy morality play.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2010
  • UPC: 715515057219
  • Original Release: 1960
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen / B&W
  • Time: 2:01:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 19,488

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marlon Brando Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier
Anna Magnani Lady Torrance
Joanne Woodward Carole Cutrere
Maureen Stapleton Vee Talbott
Victor Jory Jabe Torrance
R.G. Armstrong Sheriff Talbott
Emory Richardson Uncle Pleasant
Sally Gracie Dolly Hamma
Lucille Benson Beulah Binnings
John Baragrey David Cutrere
Ben Yaffee Dog Hamma
Frank Bergman Gas Station Attendant
Joe Brown Jr. Pee Wee Binnings
Madame Spivy Ruby Lightfoot
Mary Perry
Jeanne Barr
Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director
Kenyon Hopkins Score Composer
Martin Jurow Producer
George Justin Associate Producer
Boris Kaufman Cinematographer
Carl Lerner Editor
Meade Roberts Screenwriter
Richard Shepherd Producer
Richard Sylbert Art Director
Frank Thompson Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Whitehead Producer
Tennessee Williams Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Fugitive Kind
1. Val Xavier [8:19]
2. The Kindness of Strangers [7:16]
3. Torrance Mercantile Store [4:36]
4. "Welcome Home, Jabe" [2:57]
5. Carol, Cutrere [2:40]
6. Junkin' [3:49]
7. Local Bone Orchard [6:55]
8. Lady Torrance [7:05]
9. "A Peculiar Talker" [8:18]
10. "Fly Away, Little Bird" [9:19]
11. "The Summer You Quit Me" [4:04]
12. Jabe Calls on Val [5:13]
13. The Wine Garden [4:38]
14. A Room For Val [5:11]
15. "I Took Nobody With Me" [1:43]
16. "I See Through You, Lady" [6:18]
17. Lady's Confectionary [8:57]
18. The Sheriff Questions Val [4:11]
19. Night of the Opening [8:09]
20. Little Fig Tree [5:29]
21. Vigilantes [2:38]
22. "The Fugitive Kind" [3:45]
Disc #2 -- Fugitive Kind
1. Training Ground [5:09]
2. "My Fourth Movie" [3:28]
3. Marlon Brando [7:22]
4. Kaufman's Lighting [2:44]
5. A Credible Love Story [2:38]
6. Woodward and Stapleton [5:51]
1. Introduction [1:56]
2. A Cinematic Playwright [3:39]
3. One Success After Another [5:03]
4. Angels and Orpheus [3:04]
5. A Sidney Lumet Film [8:28]
6. Realism Over Mythology [4:52]
1. Tennessee Williams [1:18]
2. Moony's Kid Don't Cry [19:34]
3. The Last of My Solid Gold Watches [17:26]
4. This Property is Condemned [13:46]
5. Presented By Kraft [2:55]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Fugitive Kind
   Play the Movie!
   Chapters!
      Color Bars
Disc #2 -- Fugitive Kind
   Sidney Lumet
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      Index
   Hollywood's Tennessee and the Fugitive Kind
      Play
      Index
   Three Plays By Tennessee Williams
      Play
      Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great chemistry between Brando and Magnani

    This is really a good movie, terrific story. A very deep, methodical vehicle for both Brando and "La Magnani", who was in her own right, also a method actor. She was not known for her beauty, but she was real. A tremedously good actress. Please pay attention to her subtle personality changes as her feeling for Brando's character slowly changes.

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