The Fugitive Kind (1960)

Not Rated   |    |  Drama, Romance

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Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier, a trouble-prone drifter trying to go straight, wanders into a small Mississippi town looking for a simple and honest life but finds himself embroiled with problem-filled women.

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  • Marlon Brando in The Fugitive Kind (1960)
  • Marlon Brando in The Fugitive Kind (1960)
  • Marlon Brando and Anna Magnani in The Fugitive Kind (1960)
  • Marlon Brando and Joanne Woodward in The Fugitive Kind (1960)
  • Marlon Brando and Anna Magnani in The Fugitive Kind (1960)
  • "Fugitive Kind, The" Marlon Brando 1960 UA

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Sidney Lumet


Tennessee Williams (screenplay), Meade Roberts (screenplay), Tennessee Williams (play)


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15 January 2005 | tsbooks1
| two superb performances
While The Fugitive Kind suffers from inconsistent pacing and some over-blown dialog, it is worth watching for the peerless performances delivered by Anna Magnani and Victor Jory. Magnani's desperate vulnerability and passionate need for love and vindication are so powerfully and truthfully portrayed that even the great Brando seems pale and insubstantial beside her. Without Jory's vilely hateful depiction of the dying husband, however, even Magnani's powerhouse performance couldn't save the film. Seldom has such wanton cruelty been so effectively captured on screen. Brando is a bit mannered at times but the sheer animal magnetism he possessed at this point in his career transcend the script's pretensions. Woodward wrings more than could rightfully be expected from her over-written part. R.G. Armstrong as the corrupt sheriff and Maureen Stapleton as his kind-hearted wife shine in supporting roles, but it is Magnani and Jory who transform the film into a riveting cinematic experience.

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