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Fugitive Kind (1959)

Marlon Brando , Joanne Woodward , Sidney Lumet  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marlon Brando, Joanne Woodward, Anna Magnani, Maureen Stapleton, Victor Jory
  • Directors: Sidney Lumet
  • Writers: Meade Roberts, Tennessee Williams
  • Producers: George Justin, Martin Jurow, Richard Shepherd
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B6CO3Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,496 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fugitive Kind" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Oscar ® winners Marlon Brando (On the Waterfront), Anna Magnani (The Rose Tattoo), Joanne Woodward (The Three Faces of Eve) and Maureen Stapleton (Reds) lead the stellar cast of this Southern Gothic "sizzler" (Los Angeles Times) based on the Tennessee Williams play Orpheus Descending. Thanks to "brilliant" (The Film Daily) performances, The Fugitive Kind "sets one's senses to throbbing" (The New York Times). Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier (Brando) is a handsome drifter with a guitar…and a past. Taking a job as a store clerk in Two Rivers, Mississippi, his strong and silent demeanor attracts not only the local party girl (Woodward), but also the shopkeeper's exotic wife (Magnani). Soon, this explosive love triangle will ignite a powder keg of fury that could rock this small town to its very core.

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely poignant and captivating! December 30, 2006
Tennessee Williams was a stunning writer for the theater... The impact of his plays can overwhelm an audience with its superior force...

Written in 1957, "Orpheus Descending" is a reconstruction of Williams' 1940 "Battle of Angels," filmed under Sidney Lumet's direction as "The Fugitive Kind."

Williams subtracted elements of the ancient myth of Orpheus and Euridice to examine the sadistically patriarchal Southern Gothic town and to create a violent plot, involving ruined love, weakness, sex, betrayal, vengeance and lingering hatreds... "Orpheus Descending" shows how social prejudice threatens the lives of identified outsiders...

This classic play is not quite his masterpiece... "A Streetcar Named Desire" is... It lacks some of the regretful charm of "The Glass Menagerie" and the entire impact of "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof." Nevertheless it is a deeply moving work of art...

Williams was known for his compelling dialog and themes that - for their time - often seemed strange or shocking... He vividly suggested the sexual tensions and prevented violence of his tormented character, usually with compassion as well as irony...

The film focuses on a handsome drifter from New Orleans, named Val Xavier, wearing a snake skin jacket - Williams' trademark of a rebel, non-conformist - Val is a "fugitive kind" who comes in off the highway... He is a rural Orpheus who descends to rescue his love, not in Hades precisely, but among the intrigue, chatter, and violence of the hot-tempered town of Two Rivers, Mississippi... He is a wandering guitar player who embarks on an affair with a lonely frustrated unhappy storekeeper's wife Lady Torrance...

Anna Magnani is intelligently sensual and charming as Lady...
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the fugitive kind of person.. October 26, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I recently saw this film in a class of mine, and afterwards I was compelled to buy it. This film embodies the idea that silence is more powerful than words. Some people may find this film boring and slow, but those who do have not felt the intense connection you get by watching someone--the way they move, observe, think--and by understanding their human emotion. Though the story in general is simple--two strange and peculiar characters fall in love--the thoughtful lighting, the ambient music, the disorienting camera angles, the sharp acting..they all unite to create a complicated layer of emotions that provoke you. On the silver screen, these characters will go down as silent heroes to those who ever felt they were misunderstood by most. This film is a peculiar classic with peculiar characters, but nonetheless brilliant.
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57 of 67 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fake Widescreen - Buyer Alert! June 20, 2006
By ed
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The aspect ratio is fake.

The top and bottom of the regular full screen version has been cropped out of the picture to give the illusion your getting a widescreen - what your getting is less picture!

The studios should label the DVD's as they did when they cropped VHS video picture " this film has been modified to fit you tv screen" as in modified to fit a 16x9 tv in this case.

You have already lost one third of the picture when it was modified to full screen, now you loose an additional one third to one fourth of the movies image!

The reason leterbox and widescreen has a demand, is that the audience or consumer wants to view the Movie as it was filmed and framed by the filmaker, and not loose out on portions of the movie that the director intended.

In other words the idea to release in widescreen was for the intention of showing MORE not LESS of the movies image.

The studios believe they can get away with this, since the average buyer does not have a full screen video version to compare with, or the consumer is just unaware.

I compared this DVD to a full screen VHS version, and in many cases where some DVD's come with both Full & Wide Screen on a flip disc, compare them before watching, many of the widesreen sides are just chopped versions of the full screen.

The picture quality is great on this and most DVD's, it is unfortunate though that it has to be a conciliation for cropped picture.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars haunting August 21, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
My favorite Brando films are On The Waterfront, One-Eyed Jacks, and The Fugitive Kind. Of these three, the one I can re-watch the easiest is The Fugitive Kind, as it wastes less film/script in story exposition and devotes more to the art of film-making and film acting.

I saw this film a half dozen times or so on TV when I was a teenager, when it seemed to be a staple of late-night network TV, before the advent of cable. I was probably one of thousands of young men who wanted to be the guy thumbing into a small town wearing a snakeskin jacket and carrying a beat-up guitar that received as a gift from Leadbelly in New Orleans.

Incidentally David Lynch resurrects the snakeskin jacket for Nick Cage's character in Wild At Heart ...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb screen adaptation of Tennessee Williams' credo October 11, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
"The Fugitive Kind" is one of the truest cinematic interpretations of Tennessee Williams' works. Several screen translations of his plays soften his views and/or give them watered down endings. Take "Streetcar" for example: in the play Stella stays with Stanley, but in the film she takes her baby and leaves swearing she'll never set foot in their house again. In the stage version of "Sweet Bird of Youth" Chance Wayne is castrated like a dog for his wrong doings and for growing old. Only "The Fugitive Kind" "Night of the Iguana" and "The Last of the Memphis HOT-SHOTS" really stay true to Williams' vision of human existence.

However, the latter two plays cannot match the cast of "The Fugitive Kind." Nowhere else in cinematic history can you find such powerful and engrossing performances from everyone: in-depth close-ups of Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward, Maureen Stapleton (the original Broadway "Lady Torrance") and Victor Jory in a harrowing performance.

I used to go to the Carnegie Hall Cinema every time "The Fugitive Kind" was shown and bask in the black and white beauty of Tennessee Williams' cry from the the heart. I own the video and have waited forever it seems for "Fugitive" to appear on DVD. However, I cannot tell if this version in widescreen or not. If not, I'll just keep my VHS version.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good movie.
Published 29 days ago by Doug miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Magnani and Brando together doing Tennessee Williams...what else needs to be said?
Published 3 months ago by Becky A. Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Magnani, a Must for your collection.
I love Magnani. And she's surrounded by Brando, Woodward, Stapleton, Jory, and some terrific character people--and nobody writes dialogue like Tennessee. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sebastian Daniel
2.0 out of 5 stars Run From The Fugitive Kind
Two of the screens most volatile talents, Marlon Brando and Anna Magnani, together=a recipe for a stellar motion picture! In theory, but something goes awry. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Clayton
5.0 out of 5 stars The fugitive Kind
Brando in top form here. This is the Brando we all remember. What could have turned him into the obese person he became. This formance litterally leaps off the screen. Read more
Published on September 3, 2012 by sowhat
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fugitive Kind DVD
We bought the DVD from to replace our obsolete VCR cassette. It's a fine hi quality disk fitting to represent T. William's powerful story. Read more
Published on March 13, 2012 by Quicken User
3.0 out of 5 stars Fugitive Kind
I only purchased this as a Christmas gift for my sister who is an Ana Magnani fan. As of yet, I have no feedback from her as to her critique of this film. Read more
Published on January 18, 2012 by Desert Swan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Experience
Excellent experience; Quick and easy transaction. Very fast shipping, the product was exactly what I expected. Highly Recommend this seller!
Published on January 10, 2012 by ariel
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES EVER MADE!
Published on April 10, 2011 by JASON
1.0 out of 5 stars What the....??
No, don't inflict this "film" on yourself. Get something else. It wanders and is dark and grainy. Brando and the dame have no chemistry.. it's painful. I didn't finish watching it. Read more
Published on November 9, 2010 by Rachel D. Estrada
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