Suddenly, Last Summer
Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

Tennessee Williams' Suddenly, Last Summer is a domestic drama concerning homosexuality, insanity and cannibalism. Brain surgeon Montgomery Clift is summoned to the home of fabulously wealthy Katharine Hepburn, who wants to have her… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 22, 1959
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2000
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

The main trouble with the picture is not its subject or its style, but its length.

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Time Out

On film, with Taylor as the woman who saw something nasty and Clift as the psychiatrist trying to probe her trauma, the one-act material is stretched perilously thin; but it works for Hepburn as the incarnation of civilised depravity.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Superbly adapted with blistering performances from Taylor and Hepburn.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The cast packs enough sexual ambiguity to satisfy the most rabid Williams fan (not to mention a screenplay by Gore Vidal), but Mankiewicz leaves much of the innuendo unexplored -- thankfully, perhaps.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The main trouble with this picture is that an idea that is good for not much more than a blackout is stretched to exhausting length and, for all its fine cast and big direction, it is badly, pretentiously played.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A lurid adaptation of the 1957 Tennessee Williams one-act play.

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Variety Staff

It has some very effective moments, but on the whole it fails to move.

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TV Guide

This bizarre and often distasteful movie at the end of the 1950s was an omen of things to come.

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Emanuel Levy

By Tennessee Williams' standards, the text is trashy and overwroght, but at the time, homosexuality and cannibalism stirred such a controversy that the movie became one of the playwright's most successful Hollywood adaptations.

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Jim Hunter
A psychologist investigates the emotional problems of a woman who returned from a deadly vacation. Tennessee Williams's odd parable comes to life in Joseph… More
Wahida K
Suddenly, last summer, Cathy knew she was being used for something evil!
Spencer S.
While its premise is surely strange, with Taylor's seclusion and her cousin Sebastian's fate up in the air, this film is still wildly entertaining.… More
Jennifer Xu
Elizabeth Taylor is rapidly becoming my favorite 50s actress, and Tennessee Williams my favorite playwright. I think what's always interesting in these… More
Aj V
This movie is based on a Tennessee Williams play, and is full of drama, intensity, tension, suspense, and sometimes a bit of confusion, but I think it's… More
Veronique Kwak
"suddenly, last summer" is another cinematic adaption from tennessee willaims' tale of subdued lust channeled thru auto-eroticism, and the… More