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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 collection, since I heard this was the actual last performance of hers before she passed away.. It's been many years since I've seen this very dramatic side of Lucy & I remember vividly how this particular movie made me CRY my eyes & heart out, after seeing her for so man years in silly, comedy episodes since I was very little.. so this DVD just broke my heart, & to have heard it was her very last performance, it hurt even more, so YES, I have seen it twice on TV, am NOT writing a review on something I have not seen before; please don't get me wrong! I also enjoyed Daphne Zuniga's (from Melrose Place, etc.) character in this movie; very touching as a social worker trying to help LUCY get off the streets, etc.. can't really remember all the details, since it's been years since I have seen this, but am anxiously awaiting its arrival in my mailbox! STELLAR FINAL PERFORMANCE BY LUCILLE AS A BAG LADY ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK!! (hurt my heart & made me cry, seeing her like that, as I've never seen her before... Shows that LUCY can very well perform ANY character besides just comedy VERY WELL! MUCH RECOMMENDED!! :)
Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2018
I LOVE Lucy, but this was not her best, so I'm actually being generous with 3 stars. This is something that you would see on the Lifetime channel movie, it's one of those. The plot itself is very real because I'm from NYC and I know for a fact there are lots of homeless people who are probably in that situation; but the social worker and that absurd ploy is what makes it a corny movie.
I had not seen this movie before but have seen Lucille Ball in a couple of her early career movies showing she has talent beyond the slapstick humor she is most famous for. Personally, I give Ms. Ball a 5 star rating all around.
This movie was well-acted with excellent direction (George Schaefer) depicting homeless life on the streets of New York. It was a little slow in some respects but never lost its focus and rhythm. It starts with a young social worker (Daphne Zuniga) wanting to learn and understand the homeless to better help them. She (Zuniga as Carrie) meets Flora (Ms. Ball) who thinks Carrie is a runaway and wants to help her learn to live safely on the streets of New York. Carrie goes to extremes with Flora and they closely bond. There's more to watch and absorb from this movie but I will let you enjoy this yourself.
Anyway, I got very emotional with the content of this movie and learned there is a lot more we can do to help and direct those in need to obtain services to make their lives a little bit better. I hope to do more and hope those in need will also accept and make use of these resources.
Overall, this is a good movie to see and have for future young viewers to soak up.
This made for TV movie was Lucille Ball's final film and she wanted to make a serious statement. Not everyone realizes she was a serious actress and starred in a number of movies before making her fame as I LOVE LUCY. This is a story about age and youth, about street-wise and naivete, about someone who has no hope and someone who wants to change the world. This is a story about Florabelle, a homeless woman, who 'owns' her corner in New York City. Everything she has is in her grocery cart. The merchants on her corner know her and help her. She knows the ways of the street. She's a survivor. It's also the story of Carrie, fresh out of college in her first job as a social worker in a woman's shelter. She's told to go interact with people on the street to better understand them. She meets Florabelle who thinks she's a runaway and tries to show her the ways of the homeless. She takes her underground and into the dark world of living on the street where you survive by your wits and with some help from your friends. Lucille Ball was a great actress and she 'Carries' the day in this outstanding film about what it's like to be one of millions of people living on the street. There's nothing comic about this movie and the serious message it had back in 1985 is perhaps even more appropriate today. As someone once asked the most famous rabbi of all, 'who is my neighbor?' This film will help to define who our neighbors are. As Carrie said near the end, 'how can I stay warm when you're cold'. How do we manage to stay warm when so many are living in the cold? This one may prick your conscience as it did mine. Available for immediate play on Netflix. Lu G. for Lu's Reviews.
Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2012
Lucille Ball was widely and greatly known for comedy rolls in which she was a natural. But few knew her for her serious side of acting of which she performed just as well, someimes even better. Stone Pillow was her last roll before passing and it is a movie that any and all Lucille Ball fans should have in their library of movies. For it was, without a doubt, in this fan's mind, one of her most excellent modern-day performances ever to be put to her credit!! It showed that even towards the end, Ms. Ball still showed her strenght and tenacity for putting all she had, (which was always her best), in making a very strong and poignent character come to life on the screen. A movie that I am positive touched hearts everywhere when it was first broadcast. RIP Lucille Ball, and may you always be remembered for the grand lady of film and stage that you were and will forever remain so!!!
I, TRULY LOVE, this movie that stars the great Lucille Ball. Lucy, of course, was an icon. In this movie, she portrays a "bag lady" who is a homeless person on the street. I only saw this movie, twice, as I recall, and it really touched my heart. This, as far as I know, was Lucy's last movie, about 3-5 years before she passed. I will never forget her. Thanks so much, Amazon, for making this movie obtainable for my video library.
In order to expierience what it is really like to be homeless,Carrie(Daphne zuniga)who is a social worker takes to the streets of Manhatten,where she befriends a homeless lady named Florabelle(Lucille Ball).Florabelle thinks Carrie is a runaway & takes her under her wing-teaching her survival tricks like finding warm places to sleep & where to find food.Florabelle is hurt & betrayed when she eventually learns who Carrie really is & wants nothing more to do with her,only Carrie is determined to help Florabelle find happiness & start a new life away from the streets.. Made for tv in 1985,this was one of Lucille balls last roles & she does a superb job in this sad,homourous,heartwarming tale! Region free dvd
5.0 out of 5 starsIf you haven't seen Lucille Ball in "Stone Pillow" your missing out!
Reviewed in Canada on January 9, 2014
Having heard about "Stone Pillow" for years, I wanted the DVD for my collection. I wasn't disappointed! This film is/was one of Ball's finest dramatic portrayals on screen. Being a big "Lucy" fan, this movie was the beginning of Lucille getting ill, from filming on NYC cold streets as a "bag lady" which later led to her death in 1989. Ball plays "Florabelle or Flow" an elderly bag lady trying to survive in the 80's on the streets of NYC. Ball's performance in this film is so life-like, you won't see the "I Love Lucy or Here's Lucy" character so refined that we all know and love. The characters/actors are rough and the scenes on NYC dirty streets, at the conclusion of the film, leaves you thinking about the state of the homeless in one's own neighbourhood! If you want to see another side of Lucille Ball, purchase this film!
My GF and I have always loved this movie. As soon as I found it on Amazon.ca, I knew I had to order it. I got 1 for her and another 1 for myself as back up. The product was priced really well.. in fact, it was a bargain as this movie is hard to find. The DVDs were packed properly and the delivery was fast and it came earlier than we expected. the condition and packaging of the product were as described by the seller. We were so happy upon receiving this order, we still enjoy this purchase a month after, and I know we will continue to enjoy this good buy! Thank you! =)
Excellent quality, no flaws, no problems. If you are a true Lucy fan her last movie is a must have for any Lucy collection. I remember her being interviewed about this movie and she felt it was one of the most important and best roles she had ever done and her performance is so true, so real and really shows what a great actress Lucy truly was.