Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Mike Nichols (1966)

125min
X Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Should your front room be in need of redecoration, then Elizabeth Taylor's performance here is guaranteed to strip the paint off the walls with just one verbal volley. In tandem with her screen husband (played by then real-life husband Richard Burton, who for once realises he doesn't have to read to the back row of the upper circle), she spits malicious barbs across their comfortable abode, often hitting their dinner guests en route. The ebb and flow of the full-blown arguments are acutely judged by director Mike Nichols, who typically laces his film with juicy psychological and social pointers. He also ensures that Taylor and Burton - even after their fictional marriage has descended to an almighty roar - never reduce their characters to caricature. This five Oscar winner (including one for Taylor) was regarded as punishingly honest in its day, though inevitably it seems a tad more muted now. Sandy Dennis - one of the luckless dinner guests here insisted years later that, at the time, the King and Queen of cinema were, in fact, enjoying a heaven-sent life of peace, love and understanding.

Summary

A professor and his wife invite another couple to their house for drinks. However, the stunned guests bear witness to an evening of verbal abuse as their hosts' dysfunctional marriage unravels before them. Oscar-winning drama based on Edward Albee's stage play, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal and Sandy Dennis.

Cast & Crew

Martha Elizabeth Taylor
George Richard Burton
Nick George Segal
Honey Sandy Dennis
Director Mike Nichols

Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteGuidance: Contains swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama