A Streetcar Named Desire
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 18, 1999
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

...if the hothouse style was ever justified, this is the occasion.

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Variety

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.

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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

Seeing the film reminds us instantly of our perennial desire to be swept up into a compelling story.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

...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.

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Lloyd Rose
Washington Post

Brando's performance as Stanley is one of those rare screen legends that are all they're cracked up to be.

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

Tennessee Williams filled the tinderbox. Marlon Brando ignited it.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Inner torments are seldom projected with such sensitivity and clarity on the screen.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Despite the overwhelming power of Brando's performance, Streetcar is one of the great ensemble pieces in the movies.

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Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com

... 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 ...

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The most fascinating about this outstanding classic is, of course, besides the wonderful dialogue and fabulous score, how it contrasts the naturalistic… More
Kristijonas Fussman
This Elia Kazan classic offers probably the most gripping performance from a female lead I've ever seen - Vivien Leigh is phenomenal, and Marlon Brando… More
Melvin White
Stanley Kowalski: You think I'm gonna interfere with you?... You know, maybe you wouldn't be bad to interfere with.† "When she got there she met… More
AJ Verser
I cannot write everything I'd like to write about this movie without taking up like a whole page or something, so I'll boil it down to a few major… More
Chris Weber
As I was watching this, I quickly realized that it was basically just a melodramatic soap opera that made me uncomfortable and pissed because the characters are… More
Alice Shen
Another classic that I'm meh about, and I think it's mainly because of Vivien Leigh's portrayal. The only moment that reveals her true insanity… More

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