The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond
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The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond
Fisher Willow a headstrong young heiress chafes under the constraints of proper Southern society and rebels by asking the impoverished but handsome son of her father's caretaker, Jimmy Dobyne, to escort her to the major Memphis 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.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The characters and themes are redolent of earlier and better Williams works, and the story unexpectedly putters out at the end-but seeing it now, you can't help but treasure the simple, lyrical dialogue and sure-handed narrative thrust"
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"It's minor Williams turned minor cinema, but there are nonetheless moments that resonate."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The words drip with affectation (as do the actors) and Jodie Mankell's direction is dipped in southern gothic honey and glazed over with period sprinkles."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"This is not the galvanizing, deep fried melodrama of Tennessee Williams at his height but rather, the low fat version."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"While it captures the Southern Gothic atmosphere, it's sketchy and studied, best geared to Tennessee Williams aficionados."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"If you are not already familiar with Williams's best plays and film adaptations, this musty magnolia of a movie won't encourage you to seek them out."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"The script is half-a-fortune at best, and visually the picture is staid. But you stick with it, because it's Williams and because certainly no one since Williams has written this sort of embroidered dialogue."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Not even a super-powered Shop-Vac could clean this screenplay of its cobwebs. It's is dated and further flawed by plain old poor filmmaking."
‑ Perri Nemiroff,
"As beautifully played by Howard, Fisher Willow appropriately resembles a china doll, with a pale face highlighted by bright red lips -- she is hard yet fragile, projecting something of an artificial quality that hides her pain."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"A clearly inferior piece of writing that doesn't have the emotional resonance of even previously acknowledged mediocre works by Williams."
‑ Brian Tallerico, Movie Retriever
"Even though Howard never quite gets it, never quite releases into the role and never quite convinces, she never makes a mistake, either."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"It has been filmed in a respectful manner that evokes a touring production of an only moderately successful Broadway play. Understand that, accept it, and the film has its rewards and one performance of great passion."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A deservedly overlooked Tennessee Williams script set in the 1920s South, its plot makes little sense for contemporary audiences."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Moving Pictures Magazine
"Markell has valiantly created a mild bit of Williams ephemera that could have been more than a curiosity piece with a more dynamic actress at its center."
‑ Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
"a terrible and terribly dated work that will strike Williams scholars as the cinematic equivalent of a bottle cap and everyone else as arguably the worst version of one of his works to ever hit the big screen and bear in mind, I have seen "Boom.""
‑ Peter Sobczynski,
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