A Streetcar Named Desire 1951

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A Streetcar Named Desire ★★★★ 1951 (PG)

Powerful film version of Tennessee Williams' play about a neurotic southern belle with a hidden past who comes to visit her sister and is abused and driven mad by her brutal brother-in-law. Grim New Orleans setting for terrific performances by all, with Malden, Leigh, and Hunter winning Oscars, and Brando making highest impact on audiences. Brando disliked the role, despite the great impact it had on his career. 122m/ B VHS, DVD . Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden; D: Elia Kazan; W: Tennessee Williams; C: Harry Stradling Sr.; M: Alex North. Oscars '51: Actress (Leigh), Art Dir./Set Dec., B&W, Support. Actor (Malden), Support. Actress (Hunter); AFI '98: Top 100; British Acad. '52: Actress (Leigh); Golden Globes '52: Support. Actress (Hunter), Natl. Film Reg. '99;; N.Y. Film Critics '51: Actress (Leigh), Director (Kazan), Film.

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