Sidney Lumet

The Fugitive Kind

The Fugitive Kind

Four Oscar–winning actors—Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward, and Maureen Stapleton—sink their teeth into this enthralling film, which 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 southern small-town variety store run by the married, sexually frustrated Lady Torrance (Magnani), who proves as much a temptation for Val as 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

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Sidney Lumet
  • New video interview with Lumet
  • Three Plays by Tennessee Williams, an hour-long television presentation of one-act plays, directed by Lumet in 1958, with Ben Gazzara and Lee Grant, among others
  • New video program discussing the playwright's work in Hollywood and The Fugitive Kind
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Thomson

New cover by Ron Lesser

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Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Sidney Lumet
  • New video interview with Lumet
  • Three Plays by Tennessee Williams, an hour-long television presentation of one-act plays, directed by Lumet in 1958, with Ben Gazzara and Lee Grant, among others
  • New video program discussing the playwright's work in Hollywood and The Fugitive Kind
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Thomson

New cover by Ron Lesser

The Fugitive Kind
Cast
Marlon Brando
Valentine “Snakeskin” Xavier
Anna Magnani
Lady Torrance
Joanne Woodward
Carol Cutrere
Victor Jory
Jabe Torrance
Maureen Stapleton
Vee Talbot
R. G. Armstrong
Sheriff Jordan Talbot
John Baragrey
David Cutrere
Emory Richardson
Uncle Pleasant
Credits
Director
Sidney Lumet
Producer
Richard Shepherd
Cinematography
Boris Kaufman
Producer
Martin Jurow
Screenplay
Tennessee Williams
Screenplay
Meade Roberts
Based on the play Orpheus Descending by
Tennessee Williams
Music
Kenyon Hopkins
Art direction
Richard Sylbert
Editing
Carl Lerner
Associate producer
George Justin
Assistant director
Charles H. Maguire
Sound
James Gleason
Costume designer
Frank L. Thompson

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A Conversation with Richard Shepherd
A Conversation with Richard Shepherd
From left: Marlon Brando, Maureen Stapleton, Tennessee Williams, and producer Richard Shepherd, on the set of The Fugitive Kind.

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