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  • Summary: Set in the Roaring Twenties in Williams' home town of Memphis, the film tells the story of Fisher Willow a headstrong young heiress who chafes under the constraints of proper Southern society, and who rebels by asking the impoverished but handsome son of her father's caretaker, Jimmy Dobyne,Set in the Roaring Twenties in Williams' home town of Memphis, the film tells the story of Fisher Willow a headstrong young heiress who chafes under the constraints of proper Southern society, and who rebels by asking the impoverished but handsome son of her father's caretaker, Jimmy Dobyne, to escort her to the major social events of the season. The relationship is purely a business arrangement at the outset, with Fisher paying for Jimmy's time and attention, but when she discovers that she really loves him, she finds it impossible to re-write the rules and earn the affection she tried to buy. (Paladin Films)
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. 75
    The film has its rewards and one performance of great passion. That would be by Ellen Burstyn, as Miss Addie, who plays it all in her sick bed in a Tennessee country mansion with a debutante party going on downstairs.
  2. This film is the closest we're going to get to anything new by Williams, and it's a respectable effort.
  3. Despite Teardrop Diamond's rough edges, the filmmaker, who has spent much of her career acting on stage and screen, succeeds in transporting us back to that other time; capturing the lyricism of the dialogue and the fetid South that Williams so brilliantly envisioned where nearly everything goes to rot.
  4. Howard looks peachy, and actor-turned-director Jodie Markell sweats the details -- moonlight, honeyed accents -- but the brittle script resists restoration.
  5. The story is a sketchy, dramatically muddled rumination on familiar Williams themes about the Old South and its brave, beautiful, rebellion women always on the brink of love, suicide or madness.
  6. 42
    Whether Elia Kazan could have done something memorable with this script will remain an eternally open question. This film, though, is most effective as a reminder that Williams' works emerged from a certain time and place, and to approach them from another is fraught with peril.
  7. If Markell's instincts for script exhumation are questionable, she's the victim of even worse timing: Who thought releasing her film 10 days after Liv Ullmann and Cate Blanchett's praised-to-the-high-heavens "A Streetcar Named Desire" closed was a good idea?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Dec 31, 2011
    10
    My DVR recorded this movie because it was triggered by the keyword "Tennessee Williams." Watching it really highlighted what a great writerMy DVR recorded this movie because it was triggered by the keyword "Tennessee Williams." Watching it really highlighted what a great writer of dialogue and inner conflict he was--mainly because Chris Evans and especially Bryce Dallas Howard completely failed their material. The film is beautiful to look it, but it comes across as an undeservingly big-budget high school production. Howard misses every nuance of her character and just plunks out her lines in a half-attempted drawl, apparently without thinking about what they mean. If this was your first Williams production, then be sure to go back and watch the truly disturbing (if melodramatic) "Suddenly, Last Summer" or the standbys "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" or "A Streetcar Named Desire." Who underwrote this movie, anyway? Horrible. Expand
  2. Jul 5, 2014
    8
    It's powerful drama. People who dislikes the movie, I think they just didn't get it. It's just there's the lack in describe the backgroundIt's powerful drama. People who dislikes the movie, I think they just didn't get it. It's just there's the lack in describe the background issue of each characters. I mean, they're all talking about they're own past stories but never real telling us the real whole story, so I knew it's all about the present problem as the title of the movie, but for certain time, I got confused. But, recommended? #yes. Expand
  3. Sep 9, 2010
    0
    This had to be one of the worse movies ive seen in a long time. It was literaly painful to set through. Tha script was obviously shelved forThis had to be one of the worse movies ive seen in a long time. It was literaly painful to set through. Tha script was obviously shelved for a reason. Also, I hate to trash the girl but Bryce is one of the worse actresses out there. I use to follow her career but shes proven over and over, she has nothing. Shame to because she seems like a sweet girl...but then again...remember her daddy excelled behind the camera instead of in front of it Expand
  4. Jul 21, 2011
    0
    This had to be one of the worse movies ive seen in a long time. It was literaly painful to set through. Tha script was obviously shelved for aThis had to be one of the worse movies ive seen in a long time. It was literaly painful to set through. Tha script was obviously shelved for a reason. Also, I hate to trash the girl but Bryce is one of the worse actresses out there. I use to follow her career but shes proven over and over, she has nothing. Shame to because she seems like a sweet girl...but then again...remember her dad Expand

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