A rebellious socialite defies social conventions for a once-in-a-lifetime shot at true love, only to see her hopes for the future shattered after a priceless diamond vanishes into thin air in this romantic drama adapted from a long-lost Tennessee Williams screenplay. Fisher Willow (Bryce Dallas Howard) is the debutant daughter of a wealthy Memphis plantation owner. She harbors a great distain for the narrow-minded elite who seem to worship the ground her father walks on, and takes great delight in shocking and insulting them whenever the opportunity to do so arises. Shortly after returning from studying overseas, Fisher is swept off her feet by lowly farmhand Jimmy Dobyne (Chris Evans), who works on her father's plantation. His father a hopeless alcoholic and his mother having long since lost her mental capacities, Jimmy seems destined to go nowhere in life until Fisher hires him as her escort for the lavish party season and attempts to pass him off as an upper-class suitor in order to placate her spinster aunt Cornelia (Ann-Margret), who's been placed in charge of the family fortune. When one of Cornelia's priceless diamonds suddenly goes missing, a storm of accusations and betrayals begins to brew, effectively threatening to destroy any hopes that Fisher and Jimmy may have had for a happy future together. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Despite being shunned by many film critics, I found this to be a very good movie that realistically portrays the behavior of old money Southerners. The acting, other than a disappointingly wooden performance by Ann Margaret, is high quality. While it my not be Cat on A Hot Tin Roof or Streetcar, it is still Tennessee Williams; therefore the writing is a cut above that of many other movies. Well worth watching.
Definitely not a movie that I would watch more than once. I love Tennessee Williams as a screenwriter, but thought the ending to be a bit blah. Chris Evans and Bryce Dallas Howard did a pretty good job.