A Streetcar Named Desire

1951

A Streetcar Named Desire

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In the classic play by Tennessee Williams, brought to the screen by Elia Kazan, faded Southern belle Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) comes to visit her pregnant sister, Stella (Kim Hunter), in a seedy section of New Orleans. Stella's boorish husband, Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando), not only regards Blanche's aristocratic affectations as a royal pain but also thinks she's holding out on inheritance money that rightfully belongs to Stella. On the fringes of sanity, Blanche is trying to forget her checkered past and start life anew. Attracted to Stanley's friend Mitch (Karl Malden), she glosses over the less savory incidents in her past, but she soon discovers that she cannot outrun that past, and the stage is set for her final, brutal confrontation with her brother-in-law. Brando, Hunter, and Malden had all starred in the original Broadway version of Streetcar, although the original Blanche had been Jessica Tandy. Brando lost out to Humphrey Bogart for the 1951 Best Actor Oscar, but Leigh, Hunter, and Malden all won Oscars. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Marlon Brando
as Stanley Kowalski
Vivien Leigh
as Blanche Dubois
Kim Hunter
as Stella Kowalski
Rudy Bond
as Steve Hubbell
Nick Dennis
as Pablo Gonzales
Peg Hillias
as Eunice Hubbell
Wright King
as Young Collector
Ann Dere
as The Matron
Edna Thomas
as Mexican Woman
Chester Jones
as Street Vendor
Marietta Canty
as Black Woman
Lyle Latell
as Policeman
Maxie Thrower
as Passersby
Mel Archer
as Foreman
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All Critics (55) | Top Critics (9)

  • Vivien Leigh gives one of those rare performances that can truly be said to evoke pity and terror.

    Jan 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The blistering sexual repression is the entire point of the 1950s. Quite simply, fabulous.

    Nov 14, 2008 | Full Review…
  • The film is perhaps best regarded as an intelligent and engaged recreation of the original Broadway experience, in which Jessica Tandy first played the role. There's no denying the awful horror and pity of the final scene.

    Nov 14, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • ...if the hothouse style was ever justified, this is the occasion.

    Jun 28, 2007 | Full Review…
  • ...Kazan achieves a sort of theatrical intensity in which the sweaty realism sometimes clashes awkwardly with the stylisation that heightens the dialogue into a kind of poetry.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Inner torments are seldom projected with such sensitivity and clarity on the screen.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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