Suddenly, Last Summer

1959, Drama/Lgbtq+, 1h 54m

22 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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In this adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play, young socialite Catherine Holly (Elizabeth Taylor) is traumatized and committed after witnessing her cousin's violent death on a trip to Europe. Her aunt, Violet Venable (Katharine Hepburn), wants to hide the events of her son's death and attempts to bribe young surgeon Dr. John Cukrowicz (Montgomery Clift) to perform a lobotomy on Catherine. But John vows to find out the truth about Catherine's state before taking any action.

Cast & Crew

Elizabeth Taylor
Catherine Holly
Montgomery Clift
Dr. Cukrowicz
Albert Dekker
Dr. Hockstader
Gene Raymond
George Holly
Mavis Villiers
Miss Foxhill
Joan Young
Sister Felicity
Sheila Robbins
Dr. Hockstader's Secretary
David Cameron
Young Blonde Intern
Roberta Woolley
A Patient (uncredited)
Gary Raymond
George Holly
Malcolm Arnold
Original Music
Jack Hildyard
Cinematographer
Thomas Stanford
Film Editing
Oliver Messel
Production Design
William Kellner
Art Director
Scott Slimon
Set Decoration
Joan Ellacott
Costume Design
Jean Louis
Costume Design
Oliver Messel
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Audience Reviews for Suddenly, Last Summer

  • May 03, 2015
    A psychologist investigates the emotional problems of a woman who returned from a deadly vacation. Tennessee Williams's odd parable comes to life in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's adaptation. Featuring very strong performances by two legendary actresses (Elizabeth Taylor and Katharine Hepburn), the film delights in its stage play source material. However, what's weird about the play is the same problem with the film. We all know what happened during the summer, but Williams's time prevents him from really telling us, and Mankiewicz's time prevents him from showing us. All this obfuscating makes the film a challenge (sometimes challenges are good), but even so, Mankiewicz's flashbacks must walk the perfect line between showing us too much and showing us too little; sadly, at separate times, it's both. Overall, this is a very strong adaptation of a difficult play.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 15, 2014
    Another fantastic adaptation of Tennessee Williams on the big screen. Elizabeth Taylor once again does Williams justice tremendously and she always plays off of her friend Monty Clift very well.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2012
    Wonderful text, wonderful performances but the whole film turns out as sluggish and too theatrical. The story is a bit over-the-top but the poetic dialogue sustains it's coherence.
    George M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    This movie is based on a Tennessee Williams play, and is full of drama, intensity, tension, suspense, and sometimes a bit of confusion, but I think it's really a great movie. The cast has big stars, and a great director too. If you like Williams' plays, you should see this movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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