The Fugitive Kind

The Fugitive Kind

The Fugitive Kind

Legendary Oscar-nominated director Sidney Lumet adapts Tennessee Williams' play about alluring but troublemaking drifter Val (Marlon Brando) who, while avoiding arrest in a different town, attempts to hang low and go straight in Mississippi. He lands a job in a dry goods store, owned by the frustrated wife (Anna Magnani) of a dying elderly man (Victor Jory). As she sets her sights on Val, so do other members of the small Mississippi town - attention that he really cannot afford to have.

1960Rating: M119 minsUSA(based on the play of the same name by Tennessee Williams)
DramaRomanceClassic
Director:
Sidney Lumet ('12 Angry Men', 'Dog Day Afternoon', 'Before the Devil Knows You're Dead')
Writer:
Tennessee WilliamsMeade Roberts
Cast:
Marlon BrandoAnna MagnaniJoanne WoodwardVictor JoryMaureen StapletonR. G. Armstrong

The Fugitive Kind / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Another helping from Tennessee Williams’ seemingly inexhaustible closet of mixed-up southern skeletons is exposed here with only occasional flashes of cinematic power.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

It’s an overheated, uncomfortable film that inflates Williams’ pet themes to the size of a Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade balloon. That should be an invitation to some and fair warning to others.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Ultimately, there’s not quite a sense that Lumet has a take on this material, as The Fugitive Kind has nowhere near the drive of 12 Angry Men or his 1970s-era classics. Lumet prefers straight plotting uncluttered by symbols and fanciful allusions, and he eventually became a poet of the divide between procedure and chaos.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

It is the skill with which it is performed that sets one's senses to throbbing and feeling staggered and spent at the end

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