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

But they say he won't be well enough

to handle the work by himself.

- Would that kind of work suit you?

- I'd be happy to try it, ma'am.

Well, I'll speak to Lady...

that's Mrs. Torrance,

when she brings Jabe home tomorrow.

Well, if you're sleepy, maybe you could

go on down and bed down there.

Well, I sure appreciate it.

Well, that's all right.

Man, all I want is something hot to drink...

a cup of coffee or a shot of whiskey.

Huh, Jordan?

I'm soaked clear through.

Look at that gun. It's going to take me

two weeks to get that clean.

Why'd you leave the cell door open, Vee?

- Howdy, Mrs. Talbot.

- Howdy.

- I put my trust in Eddie.

- Yeah, you put your trust in him, all right.

Who's the boy you got sleeping

down there now?

Mr. Xavier.

His car broke down. He's a musician.

Yeah, I'm sick of you making

a fool of yourself over every stray tramp...

that wanders into this county.

A musician.

What you gonna put

on the coroner's report, Sheriff?

Killed, attempting escape.

That boy said, "Excuse me,"

when he broke out.

That makes it fine, don't it?

They'll give him a crown in heaven.

- What time is it?

- About 1:
45 a. m.

What's that boy's name again?

Xavier. Valentine Xavier.

Not that boy, you fool.

The boy who broke out.

Pull it tight, now. Real tight.

I want it tight, now.

- Cannonball's coming into the depot.

- Pee Wee!

Pee Wee, get on down to that depot.

Cannonball's coming in!

- Hurry up, you two.

- Pee Wee, get a move on.

You can move faster than that,

I've seen you.

Come on, Dolly. We got to fix the buffet.

- Hi, Mrs. Talbot. Where's the Sheriff?

- He's gone down to the depot to meet Jabe.

That's where we're going now.

Hey, Snakeskin!


Thank you, Uncle Pleasant.

Beulah, I'm sorry.

I never can remember your last name.

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Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983) was an American playwright. Along with Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller, he is considered among the three foremost playwrights of 20th-century American drama.After years of obscurity, at age 33 he became suddenly famous with the success of The Glass Menagerie (1944) in New York City. This play closely reflected his own unhappy family background. It was the first of a string of successes, including A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), and Sweet Bird of Youth (1959). With his later work, he attempted a new style that did not appeal to audiences. Increasing alcohol and drug dependence inhibited his creative expression. His drama A Streetcar Named Desire is often numbered on short lists of the finest American plays of the 20th century alongside Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.Much of Williams' most acclaimed work has been adapted for the cinema. He also wrote short stories, poetry, essays and a volume of memoirs. In 1979, four years before his death, Williams was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. more…

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