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A Streetcar Named Desire

(DVD - 1997 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A Streetcar Named Desire
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An uncensored version of the story of a repressed widow who visits her sister in New Orleans and is abused and eventually driven mad by her brother-in-law.
Title: A streetcar named Desire
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 1997.
Edition: Original director's version.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (125 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features include interactive menus, production notes, and scene access.
Based on the play by Tennessee Williams.
Originally released as motion picture in 1951 by Warner Bros.
Summary: An uncensored version of the story of a repressed widow who visits her sister in New Orleans and is abused and eventually driven mad by her brother-in-law.
Audience: Rated PG.
ISBN: 0790729377
Statement of Responsibility: Warner Bros. Pictures ; Charles K. Feldman, producer ; Tennessee Williams, screenplay ; Elia Kazan, director
Credits: Director of photography, Harry Stradling ; editor, David Weisbart ; music, Alex North ; adaptation by Oscar Saul.
Performers: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden.
System Details: DVD format; Dolby digital mono; formatted to fit TV.
Other Language: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
Subtitles in English, French and Spanish.
Subject Headings: Man-woman relationships Drama.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Feature films.
Topical Term: Man-woman relationships
Publisher No: 36041
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Jun 09, 2014
  • Isley rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

If it were not for Brando's amazing performance I'd say this wouldn't be nearly as impressive of a film. It also doesn't help that Brando is so good that he steals every scene he is in, essentially turning the film into a "wait for Brando's brutish, cruel and undeniably charismatic character to show up" game.

Apr 27, 2014
  • empbee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

All time great classic.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Intense 1951 drama, written by Tennessee Williams, and directed by the renowned Elia Kazan, that was considered to be risque (!) to "The Legion of Decency", powerful censors of the day. Brando is nothing short of dynamic as the brutish, abusive Stanley Kowalski, a volatile personality Marlon admittedly despised. Vivien Leigh scored the major role of the haughty Blanche DuBois, his sister in law, (and undesirable semi-permanent houseguest), who is a mentally unstable ex-schoolteacher (with a sordid past) who competes with Stanley for her sister's affection and attention. Needless to say, things don't go well. Terrific jazzy musical score by Alex North (which was also partially censored!). Fantastic piece of cinematic history. FIVE STARS.

Jan 18, 2012
  • Veepea rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

After having seen The Simpsons episode about Marge and Ned acting in "A Streetcar Named Desire" numerous times, I decided to watch the real thing. The real thing is quite disturbing and not fun to watch.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Stanley: You know that some men are taken in by all this Hollywood glamour and some just aren't. Blanche: I'm sure you belong in the second category. Stanley: That's right. Blanche: I cannot imagine any witch of a woman casting a spell over you. Stanley: That's right. Blanche: You're simple, straightforward and honest, a little bit on the primitive side, I should think. To interest you a woman would have to... Stanley: To lay her cards out on the table. Blanche: Well I never did care for wishy-washy people. That was why when you walked in last night, I said to myself, "my sister has married a MAN". Of course that was all I could hope to... Stanley: (He yells at her) How about cutting the rebop!

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Blanche: Oh, in my youth I excited some admiration. But look at me now! Would you think it possible that I was once considered to be attractive? Stanley: Your looks are okay. Blanche: I was fishing for a compliment Stanley. Stanley: I don't go in for that stuff. Blanche: What stuff? Stanley: Compliments to women about their looks. I never met a dame yet that didn't know if she was good lookin' or not without bein' told, and some of them give themselves credit for more than they've got. I once went out with a dame who told me: "I'm the glamorous type", she says. "I am the glamorous type!" I say: "So What?" Blanche: And what did she say then? Stanley: She didn't say nothin'. That shut her up like a clam. Blanche: Did it end the romance? Stanley: It ended the conversation that was all.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Blanche: You're married to a madman. Stella: I wish you'd stop taking it for granted that I'm in something I want to get out of. Blanche: What you are talking about is desire - just brutal desire. The name of that rattle-trap streetcar that bangs through the Quarter, up one old narrow street and down another. Stella: Haven't you ever ridden on that streetcar? Blanche: It brought me here. Where I'm not wanted and where I'm ashamed to be.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Stella: Don't you think your superior attitude is a little out of place? Blanche: May I speak plainly?...If you'll forgive me, he's common... He's like an animal. He has an animal's habits. There's even something subhuman about him. Thousands of years have passed him right by, and there he is. Stanley Kowalski, survivor of the Stone Age, bearing the raw meat home from the kill in the jungle. And you - you here waiting for him. Maybe he'll strike you or maybe grunt and kiss you, that's if kisses have been discovered yet. His poker night you call it. This party of apes.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Stanley (to Blanche): Take a look at yourself here in a worn out Mardi Gras outfit, rented for 50 cents from some rag picker. And with a crazy crown on. Now what kind of a queen do you think you are? Do you know that I've been on to you from the start, and not once did you pull the wool over this boy's eyes? You come in here and you sprinkle the place with powder and you spray perfume and you stick a paper lantern over the light bulb - and, lo and behold, the place has turned to Egypt and you are the Queen of the Nile, sittin' on your throne, swillin' down my liquor. And do you know what I say? Ha ha! DO YOU HEAR ME? HA HA HA!!!

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Stanley: "...Stella!... ...HEY STELLAAAAA!!!..."

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