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A Streetcar Named Desire

  • Drama
  • 1951
  • Elia Kazan
  • 124 mins
  • 12A

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.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Blanche DuBoisVivien Leigh
Stanley KowalskiMarlon Brando
Stella KowalskiKim Hunter
MitchKarl Malden
Steve HubbellRudy Bond
Pablo GonzalesNick Dennis
Eunice HubbellPeg Hillias
Young collectorWright King
DoctorRichard Garrick
MatronAnn Dere
Mexican womanEdna Thomas

Crew

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DirectorElia Kazan

Details

Theatrical distributor
BFI
Released on
2020-02-07
Language
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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