A Streetcar Named Desire
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A Streetcar Named Desire
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"...if the hothouse style was ever justified, this is the occasion."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The camera has done greater justice to the Williams play, catching the nuances and reflected tragedy with an intimacy that is so vital in a story of this type."
‑ , Variety
"Tennessee Williams filled the tinderbox. Marlon Brando ignited it."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Epic performances in a movie that seethes with atmosphere."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Has a permanent place amongst the classics, not only for the performances but for Tennessee Williams' raw writing about people raw with pain, fear, longing and complicated feelings"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"...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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Brando's performance as Stanley is one of those rare screen legends that are all they're cracked up to be."
‑ Lloyd Rose, Washington Post
"... a Hollywood landmark, both for pushing the envelope of subject matter allowed on screen by the censors and for showcasing the more naturalistic "method" approach to performance ..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
"Starring Brando and Vivien Leigh, Kazan's screen version of Williams' masterpiece is the best film made out of the playwright's theaterical work."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Between them Kasan, Brando and Leigh take all the blood, sweat and tears of Williams' text and create one of the most potent productions of the post-war years."
‑ , Film4
"Inner torments are seldom projected with such sensitivity and clarity on the screen."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Despite the overwhelming power of Brando's performance, Streetcar is one of the great ensemble pieces in the movies."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"An unqualified masterpiece."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
""Stella!" classic is powerful tale of abuse, alcoholism."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"The blistering sexual repression is the entire point of the 1950s. Quite simply, fabulous."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
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