A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

Elia Kazan (1951)

124min
X Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This unnecessary TV movie remake of the Tennessee Williams play features Jessica Lange as a strangely feminist Blanche Dubois and Alec Baldwin as brutish Stanley Kowalski. Essentially a filmed version of the 1992 Broadway revival, it's closer to the original play than Elia Kazan's censor-sanitised 1951 classic. But in spite of adequate performances, the reputation of the 1950s Oscar winner as the definitive screen rendition remains intact.

Summary

Blanche Dubois, an emotionally fragile Southern belle, flees her home town in the wake of a scandal, seeking shelter with her sister. However, relations quickly deteriorate between Blanche and her brutish brother-in-law, who is determined to get rid of her. Meanwhile, rumours about Blanche's past start to catch up with her. Drama, based on Tennessee Williams' stage play and starring Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden.

Cast & Crew

Blanche DuBois Vivien Leigh
Stanley Kowalski Marlon Brando
Stella Kowalski Kim Hunter
Mitch Karl Malden
Steve Hubbell Rudy Bond
Pablo Gonzales Nick Dennis
Eunice Hubbell Peg Hillias
Young collector Wright King
Doctor Richard Garrick
Matron Ann Dere
Mexican woman Edna Thomas
Director Elia Kazan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: BFIAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 14 Nov 2008
Drama