A Streetcar Named DesireDirector: Elia Kazan
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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.
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|Vivien Leigh||Blanche Dubois|
|Marlon Brando||Stanley Kowalski|
|Kim Hunter||Stella Kowalski|
|Karl Malden||Harold "Mitch" Mitchell|
|Rudy Bond||Steve Hubbell|
|Nick Dennis||Pablo Gonzales|
|Peg Hillias||Eunice Hubbell|
|Ann Dere||The Matron|
|Edna Thomas||Mexican Woman|
|Marietta Canty||Black Woman|
|Wright King||A Collector|
|Chester Jones||Street Vendor|
|Lucinda Ballard||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Richard Day||Art Director|
|Charles K. Feldman||Producer|
|Ray Heindorf||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|George James Hopkins||Set Decoration/Design|
|Alex North||Score Composer|
1. Credits [1:14]
2. New Arrival at Elysian Fields [4:00]
3. Belle Reve's Fate [6:10]
4. "You Must Be Stanley" [3:30]
5. Naopleonic and Dress Codes [6:15]
6. Cards on the Table [8:19]
7. Poker: No Women Allowed [4:43]
8. Mitch and the Ladies [4:01]
9. Tearing Up the Place [1:56]
10. "Hey, Stella!" [3:25]
11. "I Need Kindness Now" [1:28]
12. "Don't Hang Back With the Brutes!" [6:02]
13. Odor of Cheap Perfume [3:00]
14. To Breathe Quietly Again [4:49]
15. Arabian Nights Prince [3:55]
16. Memory of First Love [12:42]
17. Tales of Dame Blanche [5:32]
18. King Around Here [4:11]
19. Down Off the Columns [4:10]
20. "I Want Magic!" [7:06]
21. "Flores Para los Muertos" [4:35]
22. One Unforgivable Thing [6:13]
23. Caught in a Trap [3:33]
24. "Interfere With You?" [1:41]
25. Going on the Trip [4:05]
26. Callers For Blanche [4:40]
27. Kindness of Strangers [2:56]
28. Cast List [:22]
Commentary by Karl Malden, Rudy Behlmer and Jeff Young
Elia Kazan Trailer Gallery
A Street Car Named Deisre (1951)
East of Eden
A Face in the Crowd
A Streetcar Named Desire Reiusse (1958)
Splendor in the Grass
A Street Car Named Desire Reissue (1970)
Spoken Languages: English
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This movie is absolutely amazing. At first, you could be confused with the situation, but listen carefully and you will be engrossed in the plot. I saw the movie first, then decided to read the book because I am a huge fan of Marlon Brando. After reading the book, I saw the movie again and everything fell into place. This film is absolutely exceptional.. one of my favorite of all time.
I had read about this movie online and decided to rent it. It was great from beginning to end. I loved everything about it. It seemed like all the rest of the actors were acting very well and Marlon Brando, who looked absolutely georgeous, was being himself. Great film!
I really enjoyed this movie and I loved the characters. I had to read the play though because the dialogue was a little confusing and mumbled at times, and sometimes just spoken very fast. Marlon Brando was outstanding (hello gorgeous) and I definitely recommend this classic movie.
This is a terrific film! Brando and Leigh are sensational. Marlon Brando stands out and truly stars in this film. A great movie!
My all time favorite! This movies sexual tension was way ahead of it's time. Brando is raw and brutal and yet sexy and you just can't take your eyes off him. You almost understand the whole "Hey Stella" scene and why is wife (and sister in law Blanche) were under his spell. The music and dingy lighting adds just perfectly to the mood of this steamy New Orleans movie. You cannot miss this movie. It is an American classic of raw sexuality and a fragile womans' desent into madness.
Why go to the trouble of restoring a classic to the original directors cut then chop the image up to mash it into a square screen. Formatting a film to fit tv screens is like tearing the first and last page out of every chapter of your favorite book. This is a waste of what should be a terrific DVD.
I was 16 when I saw it at the movie theater...I went back to see it 20 more times...believe me, I couldn't get enough of Brando... It is the most intense, raw sexuality in a man that I've never seen since then... You cannot get a better, more methodically perfect actor anywhere, any time... He should've won an Oscar for that performance. Not even Humphrey Bogart could have been better...They cheated him out of the award. There will never be another Brando...Not even close...
I know I should be giving this movie a perfect five since it's a classic, but I felt like it was a bit to soap operaish at times. Let me say this: Marlon Brando is the king of all actors. His performances have all been flawless and unlike anything you will ever see. He is the king of Hollywood, our Man O' War of cinema. He brings more life to his characters than anyone else.
I was 16 when I first saw the film streetcar, I was supposed to be finishing off an assignment flicked on the tv and their he was, It was not acting it was completly raw. I became obsessed read every book on him, I can't imagine the film industry having never had a brando. I think no other actor had such a raw sexuality as marlon, You dont just want to watch him act but are drawn to watch his hands his,arms & mannerisms. Thank god for brando.
This Movie Is Terrific.It Won 5 Academy Awards.And well Deserved. Vivien Lee and Marlon Brando were terrific. But I do have to say that Miss Leigh Stole the spotlight.This Film is my favorite film. I can watch over and Over,
really good. Vivien Leigh plays a good crazy Southern belle, the complete contrast from the other movie 'Gone With The Wind', where she played a pretty but spoiled Southern belle. Marlon Brando is good for his role, the husband who gets really annoyed with his dreamy-like and crazy sister-in-law. near the end he totally makes her even crazier, yelling at her and handling her in an abusive way while his wife, who wouldv'e protected her sister, was at the hospital having a baby. i thought it was mean of him to do what he did to Blanche and destroying her chance to marry her lover, who really liked her even though she was the way she was.
i liked it, leigh did a good job,the movie definetly made you stop and think and really critic the charatchers, its a good movie to watch
I saw this movie when I was thirteen years old. It introduced me to Marlon Brando, of course I had seen him in movies like 'Superman' and things, but didn't really pay much attention to him in roles like that, but I'd always heard the name Marlon Brando. This movie is perfect! This movie was ahead of it's time, and I love everything about it, I even have the play and have read it several times. I love this movie and I love Marlon Brando (hey you get to see him without a shirt, you can't beat that).
This DVD does present the film in its original aspect ratio, which like ''All About Eve'' or ''Gone With th Wind,'' looks like it's been formatted because it fits your screen but it hasn't been. Furthermore, it's the original director's cut of one of the greatest films ever made and some of the greatest performances ever filmed.