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Stone Pillow (1985)

Lucille Ball , Daphne Zuniga , George Schaefer  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lucille Ball, Daphne Zuniga, William Converse-Roberts, Stephen Lang, Susan Batson
  • Directors: George Schaefer
  • Writers: Rose Leiman Goldemberg
  • Producers: Adrienne Luraschi, Merrill H. Karpf, Terence A. Donnelly
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Content/Copy-Protected CD, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KOCH VISION
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009H97HG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,151 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stone Pillow" on IMDb

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The great Lucille Ball (I Love Lucy, Stage Door, Yours, Mine and Ours) plays Florabelle, an elderly bag lady struggling to survive on the streets of New York City. She carries her most prized possessions in a shopping cart, and has staked out a Manhattan street corner as "home."

When approached by Carrie, a curious young social worker played by Daphne Zuniga (Melrose Place, Spaceballs), Florabelle introduces her to the underground of Grand Central Station and the details of daily survival. Together both women discover a new perspective on their lives.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We're sorry, Florabelle :( July 21, 2005
By kd321
This is such an important movie in Lucille Ball's career. It's heartbreaking and humbling. Hearing Florabelle call for her son while pushing her shopping cart in New York City is enough to bring you to tears. I was very moved. If you didn't already know Lucille Ball was a dramatic actress, you are in for a suprise!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Final Performance by one of the Greatest August 15, 2005
This is a great movie to own, especially if you're an obsessive Lucille Ball fan! Although this movie has been available in various 'underground' channels it's great to own a copy that is crystal clear the way it was first created and shown.

Lucille Ball's performance is steller in this made-for-TV movie and a great showcase for the talent that the world usually associates with her comedic routines from her days in "I Love Lucy". She draws the audience into her plight and sympathy is garnered, possibly through her celebrity fame, for her character of Florabelle.

Lucy had a difficult time in making this movie due to the heat of New York City while wearing her street wardrobe. She suffered dehydration and at the age of 74 suffered several minor strokes. With all this, she never let her performance suffer in this "Must-Have" movie! Concidently, Lucy's character, Florabelle, was named after her real-life grandmother!

If you're a Lucy Fan - you MUST get this movie as an honor and tribute to the final movie performance from one of the greatest Red-Heads that ever existed!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lucy left us with a notable performance October 7, 2005
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This movie was the great Lucille Ball's second to last performance of a legendary career. This is a somber film in that it shows what it is like for the homeless not only for those who live on the streets of the large citys but the smaller ones as well. Lucy gave a sharp performance as an elderly street person and Danaphe Zunige likewise as the compassionate social work. If not for the fairy tale like ending this would be a perfect film.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lucy's last pillow August 12, 2005
By Boddat
Lucille Ball, though remembered mainly for her TV comedy "I Love Lucy", shows here that her acting abilility in serious drama was as strong as ever. Stone Pillow was made for TV in 1985 which made a serious social comment on the plight of the homeless in New York. It was shown on TV in the UK as a tribute to Lucille Ball's death. It was a priviledge, but tearful experience to watch, and I had to wait some 20 years before the release of the film on DVD was realised. Importantly for UK viewers, this is a Region 0 DVD and is highly recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Somber and enlightening March 26, 2007
I've waited almost 18 years for this movie to come out on DVD - and what a surprise when it did - I've missed it countless times on television (Computer literate - can't set my vcr) - but a friend recc'd it - and I can't believe it - I freaking cried like a baby at some of the stuff that the homeless go through -

Lucille Ball is a wonderful actress - and this just puts the cherry on top of her wonderful career sundae. She's both light-hearted but heartfelt in her portrayal - and most of all - she gives her character truth and depth.

You want a great movie that isn't just a "chick flick" or a "Dude's dream"? This is it - it will effect everyone - young and old - and give them a more compassionate look at the lives of AMERICA'S ignored population.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great item for any Lucille Ball fan! September 17, 2005
By A.B.
This movie was great. If Lucille Ball had not played the role of Florabelle I would have not even purchased this movie. Even though there is some dramatic points throughout the movie there is also some funny moments (don't know if its intended), but when Lucille Ball said a line that was kinda sarcastic it made me laugh, I guess that's just the Lucy charm. Great movie for any Lucille Ball fan. This movie helped pivot the CBS Series Life With Lucy.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucy Like You Have Never Seen Her Before September 17, 2005
I just read that this Film "Stone Pillow" was released on DVD and I purchased the DVD Right away! This is a BARGAIN at $9.99! This was such a Brave Role For Lucille Ball to take on and you can tell from her Stunning Performance that this Role was close to her heart! Not Many Actress's would take such a risk but then again Lucille Ball always was a Trailblazer! Lucy of course was always known as a Comedic actress but she proves in this film that she is just as able in a Hard Hitting Drama! I Live in a Big City(LA) and I see homeless people everyday and it is so easy for people to take them for granted . After watching this film, one has a Whole new Perspective on the Homeless problem(which has grown even worse since bush jr took office) and the people who experience it . I Strongly Recommend this film and it is a film that the entire family should watch!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Do you have any idea what it's like out there"? November 16, 2006
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This movie from 1985 was the last movie performance of Lucille Ball before her death in 1989. When it was filmed, Ball, who's early drama career became pretty much forgotten because of the name she made for herself in slapstick comedy, stated that she made this film so her public would not just remember her as a dizzy redhead. She wanted to be remembered as an actress who could play virutally any role, and that she could! This in my opinion was her greatest dramatic role. This is not the Lucy America knew as a coniving, scheming redhead who always managed to get into something she had to find a way out of. This is a whole new dimension of Lucille Ball. Grey haired, head lice, dirty, down and out with no social status, her character is a bag lady who has hit the absolute bottom living on the streets of New York City and struggling to survive. An outstanding performance on her part, in this "made for TV" drama. Her rendition of the bag lady Florabelle, will certainly make you stop and think about homelessness. After all, Everyone loves Lucy. When you see someone you have loved for half a century, now aged and homeless, it hits home. In addition to Lucy, Daphne Zuniga also gives a shining performance as the young social worker who sets out to get Florabelle off the streets and into a home of her own to live out what remaining years she has. The problem is that Florabelle has been on the streets for years and knows no other way of life. You will be enthrolled as you watch to see how it will all end. Very good quality all the way around. If you are a diehard Lucy fan, You HAVE to see this movie. If it's not in your Lucy collection, you don't have one. I highly recommend this film.........
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 6 days ago by diane tye
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good old movie. Love LUCY
Published 9 days ago by david w price
5.0 out of 5 stars So happy to have had the opportunity to find this on ...
I remember seeing this on TV years ago and was totally impressed by Lucy's performance. So happy to have had the opportunity to find this on Amazon, order and watch it again.
Published 25 days ago by Deborah C. Delvecchio
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an often neglected gem of a movie by ...
This is an often neglected gem of a movie by Lucille Ball. She really makes you feel for her in this movie. A+++++
Published 29 days ago by Thomas Baldino
3.0 out of 5 stars Just so-so
Shows the versatility of Miss Ball's acting skills. While I realize there are millions of homeless people in this country, there are agencies, some better than others, that are... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I have loved Lucille Ball sice I was a child. Great movie to watch.
Published 2 months ago by sandra krueger
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucille Ball out of her element, and owning the character like the...
Crusty, and paranoid this time Lucille Ball shows how most the world's people really live.
Published 2 months ago by Nomie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed this movie
Published 2 months ago by Denise pickett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i love lucille ball
Published 2 months ago by arthur labarre
I saw this Made of TV movie with one of my all time fav's, Lucille ball, twice on television, and looked it up here on Amazon, because I've always wanted to add it to my video/CD... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sheree Renee Heller
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