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The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2009)



Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 9

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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


Drama, Romance

Sep 7, 2010



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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (30) | DVD (2)

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

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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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.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Even though Howard never quite gets it, never quite releases into the role and never quite convinces, she never makes a mistake, either.

January 7, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It's minor Williams turned minor cinema, but there are nonetheless moments that resonate.

January 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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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.

January 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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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.

January 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

September 11, 2010 Full Review Source:

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.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source:

A deservedly overlooked Tennessee Williams script set in the 1920s South, its plot makes little sense for contemporary audiences.

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine
Moving Pictures Magazine

This is not the galvanizing, deep fried melodrama of Tennessee Williams at his height but rather, the low fat version.

February 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

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.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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.

January 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

While it captures the Southern Gothic atmosphere, it's sketchy and studied, best geared to Tennessee Williams aficionados.

January 10, 2010 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

A clearly inferior piece of writing that doesn't have the emotional resonance of even previously acknowledged mediocre works by Williams.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Retriever
Movie Retriever

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."

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source:

It's unfortunate that an entire generation who've never seen a Williams play or film will think that this current work represents the artist. Now that this screenplay has been 'found' ... can we lose it again?

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Indie Movies Online
Indie Movies Online

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.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Oregonian

A rambling, zombified pass at Williams-certified melodrama, the film is an absolute chore to finish, even while boasting a few fine performances and the luscious humidity of 1920's southern comfort.

January 7, 2010 Full Review Source:

Director Jodie Markell's fidelity to Williams simply isn't enough to make his tropes sing.

January 6, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Press | Comments (2)
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Audience Reviews for The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond

Tennessee Williams.

Good movie but a little boring for my taste. Great acting from Bryce and Chris. If there is a problem with the movie, it needs a little more time to invest in characters outside of Fisher. As a romance, the movie is questionable, not so much because of cheap film making, but because of a deliberate decision to keep things a bit distant. In fact, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond when all is said and done, is more of a drama than a romance. This movie is not for everyone so I recommend you really watch it if your a Tennessee Williams novel enthusiast or a fan of Bryce or Chris.

Tells the story of Fisher Willow, the disliked 1920s Memphis débutante daughter of a plantation owner with a distaste for narrow-minded people and a penchant for shocking and insulting those around her. After returning from studies overseas, Fisher falls in love with Jimmy, the down-and-out son of an alcoholic father and an insane mother who works at a store on her family's plantation. She tries to pass him off as an upper-class suitor to appease the spinster aunt who controls her family's fortune, but when she loses a diamond, it places their tenuous relationship in further jeopardy.
August 8, 2012
Manu Gino

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An heiress accuses a farmhand, whom she has employed to be her escort, of stealing a diamond earring.
This film feels like Tennessee Williams's work from beginning to end, and one can almost draw one-to-one parallels from The Loss of the Teardrop Diamond to Cat on the Hot Tin Roof; both films are about maintaining integrity in a dishonest and disappointing world, but Teardrop is far less subtle, almost banging you on the head with speeches about how one's word is all that one can truly control. These are resonant themes in Williams's work, and the "style." by which I mean the long monologues filled with sharp images and the characters' slow drawl, is also typical Williams. But I can understand why this screenplay was never produced during his lifetime. There are elements that just don't fit, most obviously the Ellen Burstyn character, and when Fisher does what she does with the second medicine bottle, I wondered when she would experience something more than making the scenery look darker.
I didn't recognize Bryce Dallas Howard, who gives a fine performance, but Chris Evans is what Chris Evans would be if he routinely talked in a Southern accent.
Overall, this is a poor effort, but die-hard fans of Williams will find something to like.
August 6, 2011
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

This Tennesse Williams period story is strangely delightful and focuses on life in the south in the late 1920s. This is a change of pace and refreshing as a breath of cool evening river wind.
The movie is not so much driven by plot as much as it is by a movie stealing, fiery performance from Bryce Dallas Howard. She does a sensational job of acting with her face, which brings me to another effective quality of the movie. It is beautiful, rich and luscious, with every shot dressed up nicely. I see she gained her weight for her character in this film before she already lost her weight for her next supporting role in Twilight: Eclipse.
April 4, 2011
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

To be extreamely blunt, this play was never produced and this film has bombed because, quite frankly, it feels very amateurish. It is not masterful or polished. What makes the material great is that you can feel the pulse of genius behind it. The potential just hasn't been reached. Idk if this was written at the beginning or end of Williams' career, but it feels like it must have been an early work. It's funny, most of the complaints about the film seem to stem from the fact that it is based on a play. However, at least personally, the things that are characteristic of a play are the very things that make the film stand out at all. The dialog in plays is always unique; everything always seems so exact and significant. You never really see the type of casual conversation that dominates regular films. Plus, most things are communicated through the dialog, there's only so much that can be done onstage. The film is like a play in that sense as well; everything takes place in a very limited space. Oftentimes it wouldn't have made much difference had the film actually been filmed onstage. Yes, it is forgettable, but I enjoyed it all the same, nor is it particularly good or well-done, but there is something special about these diamonds all the same.
December 2, 2010
Jake ....

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