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Spitfire (1934)





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In this bittersweet melodrama, a temperamental backwoods faith-healer (Katharine Hepburn) is cast out of her Ozark community because of her staunch insistence that her hands can cure the sick. She suffers more trouble when she falls in love with an engineer, who unfortunately, is already married.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jane Murfin, Lula Vollmer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 13, 1991
RKO Pictures


Katharine Hepburn
as Trigger Hicks
Robert Young
as John Stafford
Ralph Bellamy
as George Fleetwood
Martha Sleeper
as Eleanor Stafford
Louis Mason
as Bill Grayson
Sara Haden
as Etta Dawson
Virginia Howell
as Granny Raines
Sidney Toler
as Mr. Sawyer
Bob Burns
as West Fry
Therese Witlier
as Mrs. Sawyer
Therese Wittler
as Mrs. Sawyer
John Beck
as Jake Hawkins
Bob Kortman
as Mountaineer
High Ghere
as West Fry
Bob Burns
as West Fry
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Critic Reviews for Spitfire

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Spitfire

I really enjoyed this movie. Hepburn plays an aggressive, although unintelligent, country girl. The story is really interesting and her character is cool. Some people have said they don't like this movie, but don't listen to them, see it for yourself.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Wow. In 'Spitfire' Katharine Hepburn gives the most unconvincing -- and perhaps worst -- performance of hers that I've ever seen. Who had the bright idea to cast her as some backwoods hillbilly? And expected her to pull that off? Somewhat worth seeing as a pure train-wreck, though.

Spitfire (1934) -- [4.0] -- Katharine Hepburn goes as far against type as possible in "Spitfire," playing a hillbillie faith healer who gets accused of witchcraft by her backwoods community. Hepburn is far too erudite to sell the role convincingly, but it's interesting to watch her attempt Appalachian jargon and throw rocks at people. The film doesn't get as preachy as I'd expected, but it loses focus in its maudlin final reel. The movie is tediously constrained as a stage play adaptation -- the translation to film brings absolutely nothing to the material.

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