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The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008)

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  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Runtime: USA:102 min
  • Filming Location: Alexandria, Louisiana, USA
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  • IMDb page: The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008)
  • Rate: 5.7/10 total 837 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Runtime: USA:102 min
  • Filming Location: Alexandria, Louisiana, USA
  • Budget: $6,500,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $119,382(USA)(7 February 2010)
  • Director: Jodie Markell
  • Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Evans and Will Patton
  • Original Music By: Mark Orton   
  • Soundtrack: The End of Summer
  • Sound Mix: Dolby
  • Plot Keyword: Love | Diamond | Plantation | Accusation | Alcoholic

Writing Credits By:

  • Tennessee Williams (screenplay)

Known Trivia

    Plot: Tells the story of Fisher Willow, the disliked 1920s Memphis débutante daughter of a plantation owner… See more » |  »

    Story: 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.Written by Anonymous  

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Brad M. Gilbert known as producer (as Brad Michael Gilbert)
    • Ronald H. Gilbert known as executive producer
    • Robbie Kass known as co-producer
    • Molly M. Mayeux known as line producer (as Molly Mayeux)
    • Roxanna Raanan known as associate producer
    • Mark L. Ruberg known as associate producer (as Mark Ruberg)
    • Brad Stokes known as co-producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Bryce Dallas Howard known as Fisher
    • Chris Evans known as Jimmy
    • Will Patton known as Mr. Dobyne
    • Ann-Margret known as Cornelia
    • Mamie Gummer known as Julie
    • Jessica Collins known as Vinnie
    • Ellen Burstyn known as Addie
    • Peter Gerety known as Mr. Van Hooven
    • Marin Ireland known as Esmeralda
    • Zoe Perry known as Mathilde
    • Barbara Garrick known as Mrs. Dobyne
    • Zach Grenier known as Mr. Fenstermaker
    • Laila Robins known as Mrs. Fenstermaker
    • Susan Blommaert known as Addie's Nurse
    • Carol Sutton known as Susie
    • Rhoda Griffis known as Secretary
    • Harold Evans known as William
    • Geraldine Singer known as Nurse
    • Marco St. John known as Mr. Willow
    • Jenny Shakeshaft known as Caroline (as Jennifer Sipes)
    • Melissa Odom known as Relative
    • Terrance Taplin known as Fats
    • Alana McNair known as Dottie
    • Douglas M. Griffin known as Bathroom Man (as Douglas Griffin)
    • Erin Jackson-Legris known as Ballroom Voice #1 (voice)
    • Brittany Zimmerle known as Ballroom Voice #2 (voice)
    • Charles Pineda known as Hank
    • Derrick Denicola known as Tommy
    • John Gregory Willard known as Drunk Boy #1 (as John Willard)
    • Hevin Hampton known as Drunk Boy #2
    • Trent Dee known as Happy
    • Natalia Payne known as Gypsy (as Natalya Payne)
    • Jillian Batherson known as Fenstermaker Girl (uncredited)
    • Ross Britz known as Clapping Boy (uncredited)
    • Hunter Burke known as Fenstermaker Boy (uncredited)
    • Courtney J. Clark known as Fenstermaker Girl (uncredited)
    • Drew Langhart known as Fenstermaker Guy (uncredited)
    • Ryan Chase Lee known as Extra (uncredited)
    • Jill Miller known as Fenstermaker Girl (uncredited)
    • Ryan Reinike known as Eddie (uncredited)
    • Robert W. Savina known as Chaperone (uncredited)

    ..

     

    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Darryl W. Goetzman known as key hair stylist
    • Stacey Herbert known as makeup artist
    • Anne James known as hair stylist
    • Donita Miller known as hair stylist (as Donita Sather)
    • Noreen Wilkie known as key makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • David Adams known as set dresser
    • Michael Arena known as on-set greens
    • Kim S. Carey known as set dresser
    • Monique Champagne known as buyer
    • Kenneth Chauvin known as set dresser
    • Michael Hendrick known as set dresser (as Michael E. Hendrick)
    • Michael A. Johnson known as leadman
    • Alexander Lasseigne III known as set dresser
    • Melanie Lewis known as buyer
    • Sam Lothridge known as on-set dresser
    • Louise Lynch known as art department coordinator
    • Michael S. Martin known as property master
    • Cory Parker known as assistant property master
    • Jason Perlander known as set dresser (as Jason 'Monkey Boy' Perlander)
    • Alixandra Petrovich known as set dresser
    • David Lee Toth known as set dresser
    • Markus Wittman known as set dresser

    ..

     

    Company

    Production Companies:

    • Constellation Entertainment
    • Grand Army Entertainment
    • Teardrop Productions

    Other Companies:

    • Blink Entertainment  marketing and promotion
    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera car
    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  stabilized remote camera systems
    • Creative Artists Agency (CAA)  domestic sales
    • Diamond Time  music clearances
    • Film Finances  completion guarantor
    • Film Production Capital  tax credit financing
    • Global Tactical Services  security services
    • Goldcrest Post Production New York  DI and finishing services
    • Goldcrest Post Production New York  post-production
    • Lightnin' Production Rentals  transportation equipment
    • Locations Catering  catering
    • Rockbottom Rentals  nextel cell phone rentals

    Distributors:

    • Camilla Internusa PT (2009) (Indonesia) (theatrical)
    • Hoyts Distribution (2009) (Australia) (theatrical)
    • Hoyts Distribution (2009) (New Zealand) (theatrical)
    • Manga Films (2009) (Spain) (theatrical)
    • Paladin (II) (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Viva International Pictures (2009) (Philippines) (theatrical)
    • Blue Sky Media (2009) (Czech Republic) (all media)
    • California Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (all media)
    • Castello Lopes Multimedia (2009) (Portugal) (all media)
    • CatchPlay (2010) (Taiwan) (all media)
    • D Productions (2009) (Turkey) (all media)
    • Forum Film (2009) (Israel) (all media)
    • Multivision Multimedia India (2009) (India) (all media)
    • Nu Metro Productions (2009) (South Africa) (all media)
    • Prorom Media-Trade (2009) (Romania) (all media)
    • Quality Films (2009) (Mexico) (all media)
    • Village Roadshow Greece S.A. (2009) (Greece) (all media)

    ..

     

    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • & Company

    Visual Effects by:

    • Chris Gelles known as visual effects executive producer: & Company
    • Peter Heady known as DI finishing artist
    • David Isyomin known as visual effects supervisor: & Company
    • Mark Scott Friedman known as digital compositor (uncredited)

    Release Date:

    • Canada 12 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
    • Spain 28 October 2008 (Valladolid Film Festival)
    • USA 6 November 2008 (American Film Market)
    • Spain 28 November 2008 (Cine Europa Film Festival)
    • Greece 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Philippines 17 June 2009 (limited)
    • USA 10 October 2009 (Hamptons International Film Festival)
    • USA 17 October 2009 (Philly Film Festival)
    • USA 17 October 2009 (Chicago International Film Festival)
    • USA 3 November 2009 (Savannah International Film Festival)
    • USA 30 December 2009 (limited)
    • Italy 18 September 2011 (TV premiere)

    MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and drug content

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    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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    7 Comments

    1. zken from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 9:56 pm

      For those of us who don't get to the theater much and depend on thecinema for our acting thrills, this film is just downright fun. Thefact that it got made in this century is a pleasant and amusingsurprise. Like "An Education", this film features a few strong unknowncast that are outstanding. It also features phenomenal stars EllenBurstyn and Ann-Margret in wonderful, surprising cameos. Chris Evansshines-has their been a sexier role for a young actor? Bryce DallasHoward is a wonder, and really pulls off a very demanding leading placein this film. Now blink you eyes and the plot takes you to a movieexperience from before 1950. But that is exactly what is so fun.Southern style romance, twisted identical twins, dead bodies up thestairs-it is also somewhat predicable but very lovingly portrayed. Ireally like this film, exactly because I love the experience of pullingup to a movie theater on a cold winter night a getting the same goodtime my parents did in their day-a warm, sweet and somewhat bitterromance with a clear sense of time and place.

      Don't go to this film expecting fireworks. Go for movie magic servedSouthern style by actors who are real and very good. This is whatentertainment is about, and unfortunately it is a lost art these days.

    2. Brent Trafton from Long Beach, CA
      30 Mar 2012, 9:56 pm

      "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond," is a real gem but it is not foreveryone. If you are not a big Tennessee Williams fan, you probablywill not like it. If you are unfamiliar with Tennessee Williams, thenyou are better off watching "A Streetcar Named Desire," or "Cat on aHot Tin Roof."

      Admittedly, this is not one of Williams' best stories. The reason thefilm works so well is the acting and directing.

      I had seen Bryce Dallas Howard in a few other films but they did notprepare me for this absolutely thrilling performance. This is not justthe best performance of the year but it is the best performance in thepast several years. She brings the character of Fisher Willow to lifethe way that Vivian Leigh did for Blanche DuBois. In many ways FisherWillow is like a young version of Blanche.

      Fisher is a typical Williams' heroine. She initially comes off as aselfish, self centered, Southern Belle but underneath she is much morefragile than anyone suspects. Bryce Dallas Howard is able to bring thisout with such complexity and nuance that we can sympathize with acharacter that we should not care about so much. Even in her bestmoments she seems as though she could shatter at any moment.

      This performance alone is enough reason to see this film.

      The story follows the familiar themes covered in other TennesseeWilliams stories: loneliness, loss of wealth, fall from grace, andbattling interior demons. The teardrop diamond could represent thewealth and status her family once had. It is not just a $5000 jewel. Itis a symbol of what her family once was and what was once the oldSouth.

      Jodie Markell does an impressive job directing. Her style is oldschool. She knows when to let the camera linger and when to let thescenes play out. The film does not seem rushed and it never drags. Thecinematography is gorgeous with burnished orange dominating the colorpalette.

      "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond," may not be one of the four bestmovies made from a Tennessee Williams story but it is not far behind.This is mandatory viewing for any fan of Tennessee Williams.

    3. ryansternmd from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 9:56 pm

      I am a major fan of the works of Tennessee Williams and have everythingthat he has ever wrote that has been published. I also have all of theoriginal 15 film adaptations of his work and all the remakes over theyears. Tennesee Williams wrote this screenplay in 1980, but it waspublished posthumously in 1984. Then, we had to wait 24 years for it tobe filmed. From my research, the film was made in 2008, but notreleased until January 2010. I do not understand the film industry'spriorities that would withhold a film for two years. The film followsTennessee Williams' screenplay very closely except for an added firstscene that sets the tone for the screenplay's first scene where theunderlying conflict is discussed but not shown. For most viewers, thisadded additional scene makes the conflict more understood rather thanrelying on the dialog to pick it up. It is refreshing to see aTennessee Williams film where his screenplay is used. The majority ofthe screenplays for the 15 classic films were written by Gore Vidal to"clean them up" for audiences and censors. I will not discuss asynopsis of the film's characters and action. Instead, I recommend thatif you like the drama of Tennessee Williams that you see this new film.

    4. Bogie27 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 9:56 pm

      This Tennessee Williams period story focuses on life in the south inthe late twenties. Williams enthusiast and director Jodie Markellbrings the overlooked play to the screen. While not for everyone, Lossof a teardrop diamond is a change of pace and refreshing as a breath ofcool evening river wind.

      The story begins with the character of Fisher Willow, who returns toher father's Mississippi river plantation after an education in Europe.Fisher is played by Brice Dallas Howard and is as smooth as JackDaniels in this sultry southern role. Social troubles have plaguedFisher after her father has committed a despised act toward thesouthern end of the community by blowing the river levee on hisproperty. Fisher becomes rebellious and indignant to a society whoblames her for her fathers sins.

      For reasons unknown to the audience Fisher has developed a strongattraction to Jimmy Dobyne. It seems that Jimmy's family has seenbetter times. Since the years his grandfather was governor of thestate, his family has fallen from prominence into near poverty. Jimmy'salcoholic father finds himself dependent on employment from the Willowfamily.

      It appears Fisher's Aunt Cornelia is in control of the family anddemands Fisher complete her social debut. Fisher employs Jimmy toescort her to the debutante parties, that her aunt Cornelia, hasinsisted she attend. Jimmy who feels manipulated and somewhatcontrolled resists Fishers advances toward him.

      The story, while somewhat tame does contains some racy scenes thatcenter around a Halloween party where things get out of hand. Thesescenes would have been tricky if not impossible to film in the fifties.No doubt from experiences in his early life, and probably from placeslike New Orleans, Williams creates a mosaic of wildly contrastingcharacters to illustrate this story. With the lives of so manydifferent characters coming together, the sparks begin to fly towardthe end of this film.

    5. ramin99 from Canada
      30 Mar 2012, 9:56 pm

      The film delivered the familiar themes one expects from the greatplaywright: emotional turmoil, psychological depth, and very realdepiction of human behaviour. The heroine's vulnerability andeccentricities reminded me of the unforgettable Blanche DuBois. FisherWillow, someone you come to hate at first glance, whose purity andinnocence is buried beneath heaps of selfishness and seeminglyill-natured arrogance is a character hard to pull off for any actor,yet the young actress playing the part pulls it off with ease.

      I never knew Williams had written this one so watching it was a blast.For me the films based on Tennessee Williams' scripts always get highscores no matter who makes them. Kudos to the director for bringing tolife this lost gem.

    6. samkay1 from Canada
      30 Mar 2012, 9:56 pm

      Somewhere between identifiable conventionalism and unconventionalrealism is the emotional tone that encompasses The Loss of a Tear DropDiamond. It is sort of contrived but not too incredible andsurprisingly heart warming. Although at times it can be equally heartchilling. Either way, you enjoy the feeling, without loving the movie,but it makes it a descent watch.

      We are introduced to Fisher: the spoiled, self-obsessed daughter of arich plantation owner, who is locally disliked. Fisher herself is notfond of the community but she attends parties whenever she can. She isis in search of a new escort, so she turns to Jimmy, the son ofTennessee's former governor. A poor boy who looks after his drunkfather and sick mother, while Fishers only concern is to make sure shelooks good with a man by her side.

      We come two expect two things at this point: One, Fisher as a characterwill grow up, and get a heart, and two, she and Jimmy will fall inlove. By the end, it does happen, but not in the spectacular fashionone might expect. Indeed one good quality The Loss of a TeardropDiamond is that it is not predictable. This is not the product of aconventional writer or a studio voice, it is the product of TennesseWilliam's one of America's great play writes, whose script for thismust have been shelved for decades collecting dust before it wasembraced. Now it feels fresh as ever.

      The movie is not so much driven by plot as much as it is by a moviestealing, fiery performance from Bryce Dallas Howard. She pulls thestrings of the audience as well as any good director can. We hate herwhen we are supposed to hate her, and we love her when we are supposedto lover her. She also does a sensational job of acting with her face,which brings me to another effective quality of the movie. It isbeautiful, rich and luscious, with every shot dressed up nicely. Eventhe diamonds on Fisher's dress sparkle so brilliantly, you might findyourself flirting with the question of whether any digital effects wereused. I've certainly never seen a sunrise as golden as it does here.

      If there is a problem with the movie, it needs a little more time toinvest in characters outside of Fisher. As a romance, the movie isquestionable, not so much because of cheap filmaking, but because of adeliberate decision to keep things a bit distant. In fact, The Loss ofa Teardrop Diamond when all is said and done, is more of a drama than aromance, like William's masterpiece A Street Car Named Desire.

      This one has a far happier outcome than Street Car, and I will be amongthe few to say it but, I found it more agreeable. The Loss of A TearDrop Diamond is crafted nicely, with a little room for improvement, butit is easily recommendable. It is strangely delightful.

    7. gradyharp from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 9:56 pm

      LOSS OF A TEARDROP DIAMOND is a film that tries hard to be significantand important and barely keeps the viewer seated until it is over. The'screenplay' is credited to Tennessee Williams (who has been dead since1983), having been written in 1957, a year after 'Baby Doll', and whilethe screenplay may have been completed by Williams, it has obviouslybeen 'touched up' by someone else: Williams more than likely neverplanned to have the work on celluloid. The cast is adequate, given thematerial, and the direction (Jodie Markell) is pretty shoddy. Itprobably would have been best to leave this 'screenplay' by one ofAmerica's greatest playwrights on the shelf.

      Fisher Willlow (Bryce Dallas Howard) is from wealth in Tennessee, buther family is disliked because of a levee built by the father thatruined the hopes of farmers in the area. She is a shallow, resented,needy, attention hungry woman, unmarried and past her Southern prime,having spent her 'debut years' abroad studying in Paris (and beinghospitalized in Zurich for mental illness). She returns home, fanciesthe hunky Jimmy Dobyne (Chris Evans) who is the grandson of theex-mayor of the town, but who spends his time caring for this alcoholicfailure of a father (Will Patton) and his institutionalized mentallyill mother (Barbara Garrick). Not having viable social connections,Fisher invites Jimmy to be her social escort, buys him tuxedos andclothes to make him look like a wealthy suitor, borrows the familyteardrop diamond earrings from Cornelia (Ann-Margaret), and is off to aHalloween party hosted by Julie (Mamie Gummer). On the way into theparty Fisher loses one of the teardrop diamonds, and flies into apanic. She is summoned upstairs by the mother of Julie – Addie (EllenBurstyn) – who has had multiple strokes and longs to die. Knowing thatFisher is a headstrong woman, Addie convinces Fisher to 'assist' herdeath by handing her what amounts to be an overdose of pills.Meanwhile, downstairs, Jimmy has taken up with a guest of Julie's -Vinnie (Jessica Collins), who has a history of being a salesclerk in adrugstore thus making her not of the same echelon as the others at theparty. Apparently Jimmy and Vinnie had been friends before and passionenters seemingly binding the two social misfits. But reality steps inwhen Fisher discovers the developments and the social rules win out.The ending is too sanguine to mention.

      The elements that were the recipe for Tennessee William's highlysuccessful plays and films are repeated here, but now we have nocharacter with whom we can empathize: everyone is a plagiarizedcaricature of Williams' popular tropes. A shame.

      Grady Harp

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