A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

Elia Kazan (1951)

124min
X Certificate
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Marlon Brando is at the height of his powers here, reprising his acclaimed Broadway role as the brutal Stanley Kowalski in director Elia Kazan's classic adaptation of Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Brando's bravura performance is matched by that of Vivien Leigh (as Kowalski's sister-in-law, the neurotic southern belle Blanche DuBois) and their scenes together sizzle with sexual tension. The play's homosexual references were cut to comply with censorship rules of the day, though Blanche's implied violation and references to her sordid past remain. The film won four Oscars - awards for Leigh, Kim Hunter (as Kowalski's wife), Karl Malden and art director Richard Day - but Brando missed out to Humphrey Bogart for The African Queen.

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