Sidney Lumet

The Fugitive Kind

The Fugitive Kind

Four Oscar-winning actors—Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward, and Maureen Stapleton—shine in this enthralling film, which also brings together the legendary talents of director Sidney Lumet and writer Tennessee Williams. A smoldering, snakeskin-jacketed Brando is Val Xavier, a drifter trying to go straight. He finds work and solace in a small-town southern variety store run by the married, sexually frustrated Lady Torrance (Magnani), who proves as much a temptation for Val as does local wild child Carol Cutrere (Woodward). Lumet captures the intense, fearless performances and Williams’s hot-blooded story­telling and social critique with his customary restraint, resulting in a drama of uncommon sophistication and craft.

Film Info

  • Sidney Lumet
  • United States
  • 1960
  • 121 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #515

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • High-definition digital restoration, approved by director Sidney Lumet, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview from 2009 with Lumet
  • Three Plays by Tennessee Williams, an hour-long 1958 television presentation of one-act plays, directed by Lumet and starring Ben Gazzara and Lee Grant, among others
  • Program from 2010 discussing Williams’s work in Hollywood and The Fugitive Kind
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic David Thomson

Cover by Ron Lesser

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Jan 14, 2020

Special Features

  • High-definition digital restoration, approved by director Sidney Lumet, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Interview from 2009 with Lumet
  • Three Plays by Tennessee Williams, an hour-long 1958 television presentation of one-act plays, directed by Lumet and starring Ben Gazzara and Lee Grant, among others
  • Program from 2010 discussing Williams’s work in Hollywood and The Fugitive Kind
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic David Thomson

Cover by Ron Lesser

The Fugitive Kind
Cast
Marlon Brando
Valentine “Snakeskin” Xavier
Anna Magnani
Lady Torrance
Joanne Woodward
Carol Cutrere
Maureen Stapleton
Vee Talbot
Victor Jory
Jabe Torrance
R. G. Armstrong
Sheriff Jordan Talbot
John Baragrey
David Cutrere
Virgilia Chew
Nurse Porter
Sally Gracie
Dolly Hamma
Ben Yaffee
Dog Hamma
Lucille Benson
Beulah Binnings
Joe Brown Jr.
Pee-Wee
Emory Richardson
Uncle Pleasant
Nell Harrison
Old maid
Mary Perry
Old maid
Madame Spivy
Ruby
Janice Mars
Janie
Credits
Director
Sidney Lumet
Producer
Martin Jurow
Producer
Richard A. Shepherd
Screenplay
Tennessee Williams
Screenplay
Meade Roberts
Based on the play Orpheus Descending by
Tennessee Williams
Director of photography
Boris Kaufman
Original music
Kenyon Hopkins
Art direction
Richard Sylbert
Editor
Carl Lerner
Associate producer
George Justin
Assistant director
Charles H. Maguire
Sound
James Gleason
Camera operator
Saul Midwall
Costume designer
Frank Thompson
Wardrobe
George Newman
Wardrobe
Flo Transfield
Makeup
Robert Jiras
Makeup
Philip Rhodes
Hairstylist
Mary Roche
Set decoration
Eugene Callahan
Set photographer
Muky Munkacsi

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A Conversation with Richard Shepherd
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