The Fugitive Kind

Synopsis: 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 and
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Sidney Lumet
Production: United Artists
  2 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min

Did somebody break out of here tonight?

Yes. Eddie.

I'm rarely disappointed

when I put trust in people...

but I was this time.

Tonight, when I brought him his supper...

instead of putting it

through the slot in the door...

I unlocked the door of the lockup...

and he just shoved past me and he ran out.

And he said, "Excuse me. "

I think they got him.

Stop now.

It's all over, ma'am.

I think I'd like a cup of coffee.

- Would you care for a cup?

- Yes, ma'am.

I've been painting all night.

There's nothing more exhausting...

than that kind of work

on the face of the earth.

It just leaves you burned out inside.

Still, but when you're finished

with a picture...

you feel elevated.

- Is this the picture?

- Yes.

Yes, that's the Church of the Resurrection.

The church supposed to be blue?

No, that's how I felt it.

You see, I paint a thing how I feel it.

Thank you, ma'am.

- You know what I mean, Mr...

- Yes, ma'am. Xavier is my name.

Valentine Xavier.

Are you a musician, Mr. Xavier?

Well, I used to be a sort of

entertainer in nightspots in New Orleans.

Well, if you're looking

for that kind of work...

you won't find

that kind of work around here.

No, ma'am, I quit it. I'm...

Today's my 30th birthday, and I...

- Thank you.

- Here.

That's nice.

- I'm not young anymore.

- You're young at 30.

You're not young at 30

if you've been on a party since you were 15.

You mean...

that you want to turn over

a new leaf in your life?

That'd suit me perfectly.

If you're sincere, and you're really through

with night places...

I think I could help you to find a job.

- Well, what kind of work would that be?

- It'd be clerking.

That's at the Torrance Mercantile Store.

Jabe Torrance is coming home

from the hospital in Memphis tomorrow.

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