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A Streetcar Named Desire -- Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.

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Director:
Writers:
Tennessee Williams (screen play)
Oscar Saul (adaptation)
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Release Date:
1 December 1951 (West Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
...When she got there she met the brute Stan, and the side of New Orleans she hardly knew existed. See more »
Plot:
Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won 4 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 14 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"I've Always Depended On The Kindness Of Strangers." See more (217 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Vivien Leigh ... Blanche

Marlon Brando ... Stanley

Kim Hunter ... Stella

Karl Malden ... Mitch
Rudy Bond ... Steve
Nick Dennis ... Pablo
Peg Hillias ... Eunice
Wright King ... A Collector
Richard Garrick ... A Doctor
Ann Dere ... The Matron
Edna Thomas ... The Mexican Woman
Mickey Kuhn ... A Sailor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mel Archer ... Foreman (uncredited)
Dahn Ben Amotz ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Marietta Canty ... Giggling Woman with Eunice (uncredited)
John George ... (uncredited)
John Gonetos ... Vendor (uncredited)
Chester Jones ... Street Vendor (uncredited)
Lyle Latell ... Policeman (uncredited)
Maxie Thrower ... Passerby (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Passerby (uncredited)
John B. Williams ... Vendor (uncredited)
Buck Woods ... Vendor (uncredited)
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Directed by
Elia Kazan 
 
Writing credits
Tennessee Williams (screen play)

Oscar Saul (adaptation by)

Tennessee Williams (based on the original play: "A Streetcar Named Desire" by)

Produced by
Charles K. Feldman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alex North 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr. (director of photography) (as Harry Stradling)
 
Film Editing by
David Weisbart (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Bertram Tuttle (supervising art director) (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
Ray Forman .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Otis Malcolm .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Pat O'Grady .... body makeup artist (uncredited)
Hazel Rogers .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Alvarado .... first assistant director (uncredited)
John Prettyman .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Donald P. Desmond .... set construction (uncredited)
John More .... props (uncredited)
George Sweeney .... assistant props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
C.A. Riggs .... sound
Nathan Levinson .... sound (uncredited)
Francis E. Stahl .... boom operator (uncredited)
Frank Weixel .... cableman (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Albin .... still photographer (uncredited)
Paul Butner .... best boy (uncredited)
Robert Campbell .... gaffer (uncredited)
Stuart Higgs .... assistant camera (uncredited)
E. Truman Joiner .... grip (uncredited)
Fred Mandl .... second camera (uncredited)
Wally Meinardus .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harry Whittingham .... best boy (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lucinda Ballard .... wardrobe
Lillian House .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Robert O'Dell .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Marguerite Royce .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ray Heindorf .... musical director
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Irene Mayer Selznick .... presenter: on the stage
Polly Craus .... script clerk (uncredited)
 
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MPAA:
Rated PG for thematic elements (1993 director's cut)
Runtime:
122 min | USA:125 min (re-release)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:Unrated | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1952) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12A (re-rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) | USA:GP (1970 re-release) | USA:PG (1993 director's cut) | USA:Approved (certificate #14871) (original rating) | West Germany:18 | West Germany:12 (video)

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Trivia:
Vivien Leigh, who was only 36 at the time of filming, had to be made up to look older.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Stan comes back from taking Stella to the hospital, he is looking for a bottle opener. He finds it on the mantlepiece shakes up a bottle of beer and opens it. The beer foams up and spills on his trousers. But if you watch at the moment when he swings himself up to sit on the table - before he opens the bottle - you can see that the front of his trousers are already wet. Apparently they re-shot it without him changing into dry trousers.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
A Sailor:Can I help you, ma'am?
Blanche DuBois:Why, they told me to take a streetcar named Desire and then transfer to one called Cemetery and ride six blocks and get off at Elysian Fields.
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Soundtrack:
Varsouviana Polka/Warsaw PolkaSee more »

FAQ

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Where does the title come from?
Any recommendations for other movies based on Tennessee Williams' stories and plays?
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32 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
"I've Always Depended On The Kindness Of Strangers.", 20 October 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

When the history of American theater is written for the 20th Century the two most prominent names will be Eugene O'Neill and Tennessee Williams. Both men pushed the exploration of the human soul to the very limit in their work. Writing drama will never be the same because of the work of these two men.

Williams's masterpiece is A Streetcar Named Desire which ran over 860 performances in three years. When Warner Brothers bought the film rights, they did the highly unusual thing of bringing almost the entire Broadway cast over. That included Marlon Brando for whom this was his second film. Brando was not a movie name yet and the decision was made to recast the female lead with Vivien Leigh instead of Jessica Tandy who played Blanche Dubois on Broadway.

In doing so this gave Vivien Leigh the very unique position of having played opposite the two men who are held up as male acting icons for the last century, Marlon Brando and Leigh's husband at the time Laurence Olivier. Certainly Blanche Dubois was unlike anything she ever did opposite Olivier.

In fact Blanche is opposite that other southern belle that Leigh got her first Oscar for, Scarlett O'Hara. Scarlett may come on like a spoiled brat at first, but she turns out to be made of some real stern stuff when the chips are down.

Blanche Dubois however retreats into her own fantasies when trouble brews. She's left the plantation home in a small Mississippi town where she doubles as an English teacher and comes to live with her sister Stella and her husband Stanley Kowalski.

Brando is Kowalski and for years impressionists did him by yelling from the pit of their abdomens, "STELLA, STELLA." That is until The Godfather and then they stuffed their cheeks and said how one day a favor would be asked in return.

But impressionists only make a living because of the impressions made by the players. On Broadway and Hollywood, Stanley Kowalski made Marlon Brando a superstar and an icon for a couple of generations. Kowalski as done by Brando is a force of nature, primeval impulses that bubble to the surface in all of us sometimes.

Kim Hunter as Stella Kowalski and Karl Malden as Mitch Mitchell also won Oscars in the Supporting categories to go with Leigh's. Hunter is a torn women fighting both suspicions about her husband and her sister. The real reason why Blanche has come to live with them and the affect her silly flirtations are having on her husband and their marriage.

Malden as Mitchell starts out as passive and as nice as Jim Connor, the gentleman caller from that other Tennessee Williams masterpiece, A Glass Menagerie. But he proves to be something less than meets the eye in his dealings with Leigh.

A Streetcar Named Desire won all kinds of Awards, the three acting Oscars, one for Elia Kazan as Best Director and a whole bunch of technical ones. But An American In Paris won for Best Picture and Hollywood decided young Brando could wait for his and they gave it that year to Humphrey Bogart for The African Queen.

This film is still the best adaption to the screen of a Tennessee Williams play and is an absolute must to see.

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