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386 Ratings

The Fugitive Kind

Directed by Sidney Lumet
United States, 1960
Drama, Romance


A smoldering, snakeskin-jacketed Marlon 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, who proves as much a temptation for Val as local wild child Carol Cutrere.

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The Fugitive Kind Directed by Sidney Lumet

Critics reviews

Lumet’s THE FUGITIVE KIND is as ambitious as Mann’s film [The Rose Tattoo] is prosaic, yet it’s not hard to see why it was and still might be considered a failure to some.
June 17, 2016
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Whereas The Facts of Life tried hard not to make the viewer feel too much, lest they consider the scenario’s plausible real-world consequences,The Fugitive Kind was wrenched from the heart, featuring the kind of sensitively drawn people that nevertheless feel like walking-talking cautionary tales… The performances and Lumet’s unblinking, tempered direction offer a constant stream of empathy, however.
January 14, 2013
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