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: September 19, 1951
DVD Release Date: May 18, 1999
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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

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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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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

The fact it was the fifth most lucrative film in its year of release is a depressing sign of how we have infantilized ourselves as spectators. [Full review in Portuguese.]

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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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David Keyes

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

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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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Josh Larsen

Tennessee Williams filled the tinderbox. Marlon Brando ignited it.

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Carlos Magalhães
Apart from the wonderful dialogue and fabulous score, the most fascinating in this outstanding classic is how it contrasts the naturalistic composition of… 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 V
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