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A Streetcar Named Desire
Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh




Overview -
Tennessee Williams based his screenplay on Oscar Saul's adaptation of Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play set in a grimy New Orleans project. The story of the fragile sentimentalism of a former prostitute who visits her sister only to be taunted mercilessly by her childish brother-in-law. Academy Award Nominations: 12, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Marlon Brando), and Best Screeplay. Academy Awards: 4, including Best Actress (Vivien Leigh), Best Supporting Actress (Kim Hunter), and Best Supporting Actor (Karl Malden). The director's cut contains three minutes of previously censored footage.

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Overview

Tennessee Williams based his screenplay on Oscar Saul's adaptation of Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play set in a grimy New Orleans project. The story of the fragile sentimentalism of a former prostitute who visits her sister only to be taunted mercilessly by her childish brother-in-law. Academy Award Nominations: 12, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Marlon Brando), and Best Screeplay. Academy Awards: 4, including Best Actress (Vivien Leigh), Best Supporting Actress (Kim Hunter), and Best Supporting Actor (Karl Malden). The director's cut contains three minutes of previously censored footage.

Awards:
1951 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress Winner
1951 - Academy Awards - Best Actress Winner
1951 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor Winner

Main Cast & Crew

Elia Kazan - Director
Marlon Brando
Vivien Leigh
Kim Hunter
Karl Malden
Rudy Bond
Nick Dennis
Peg Hillias
Wright King
Richard Garrick
Mickey Kuhn

 

Details

DVD Format
  • Format: DVD (New Packaging)
  • Run Time: 131
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 883929159871
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: July 2005

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Battered Women
Classic
Prostitution
Stage Play
Suspense
Thriller
Recommended
Character Study
Infidelity
Theatrical Release
Essential Cinema

 

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Notes:
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1999.

Reviews:
"...Brando's electric 1951 performance fueled a whole new generation of actors....[Restored material] significantly adds to the Sturm und Drung..." - Recommended - 07/01/1994 Premiere, p. 92


"...STREETCAR is one of the great ensemble pieces in the movies..." - 11/12/1993 Chicago Sun-Times, p.44


"...Leigh, Hunter, Karl Malden and the fabulous art-set decorations all won Oscars here, though Brando's performance remains the No. 1 selling point..." - 07/08/1994 USA Today, p.3D


"...Even 52 after its initial release, this sultry melodrama about aging Southern belle Blanche DuBois still packs a wallop..." - 04/27/2003 Los Angeles Times, p.C29


"Together, Brando and Kazan created a new kind of leading man..." - 07/16/2004 Entertainment Weekly, p.29


5 stars out of 5 -- "Simply a masterful adap of Tennessee Williams' sultry, searing play and an affirmation of Marlon Brando's acting genius..." - 06/01/2006 Total Film, p.131


4 stars out of 5 -- "[The film] retains is hothouse fascination." - 12/01/2008 Empire, p.79


4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] the extraordinary Marlon Brando as the uncouth Stanley: brutal, threatening, swaggering, always finding an excuse to take his shirt off..." - 02/06/2020 The Guardian

 

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