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A Streetcar Named Desire (18-Sep-1951)

Director: Elia Kazan

Writers: Tennessee Williams; Oscar Saul

From a play: A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Original Music by: Alex North

Producer: Charles K. Feldman

Keywords: Drama, Rape, New Orleans

After the loss of the family plantation, Blanche Dubois moves in with her sister Stella and her loutish husband Stanley Kowalski, in the New Orleans French Quarter. Using the cast of the Broadway play, which ran 860 performances, with the exception of Jessica Tandy's replacement by Vivien Leigh. Won Oscars for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, and Best Set Decoration; received 8 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Dramatic Score. Entered 1999 into the National Film Registry.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Rudy Bond
1-Oct-1912 29-Mar-1982 A Streetcar Named Desire
Marlon Brando
3-Apr-1924 1-Jul-2004 A Streetcar Named Desire
Kim Hunter
12-Nov-1922 11-Sep-2002 Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire
Wright King
11-Jan-1923   Character actor
Vivien Leigh
5-Nov-1913 8-Jul-1967 Gone With The Wind
Karl Malden
22-Mar-1912 1-Jul-2009 Streets of San Francisco


Vivien Leigh   ...   Blanche
Marlon Brando   ...   Stanley
Kim Hunter   ...   Stella
Karl Malden   ...   Mitch
Rudy Bond   ...   Steve
Nick Dennis   ...   Pablo
Peg Hillias   ...   Eunice
Wright King   ...   A Collector
Richard Garrick   ...   A Doctor
Ann Dere   ...   The Matron
Edna Thomas   ...   The Mexican Woman
Mickey Kuhn   ...   A Sailor


Review by Sam Wilson (posted on 1-Oct-2005)

Tennesse Williams' pre-flood New Orleans tale of a fallen flower and the brother-in-law who rips away her illusions of gentility, sending her into madness.

This movie is the real thing, jazzy, over-the top, brilliant on so many levels. Brando is all no-nonsense brute, serving the audience a virtuoso performance of stunning genius. Brando changed film acting forever with this performance. Co-star Vivien Leigh matches him line for line, breath for breath. See this before you die. MOVIE: ****, BRANDO: ****

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