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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 14 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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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)

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:
Fitted t-shirts could not be bought at the time so Marlon Brando's apparel had to be washed several times and then the back stitched up to appear tightly over the actor's chest.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: Stanley says he served in the 241st Engineers and fought in the Battle of Salerno. However the 241st Engineer Combat Battalion fought in the Asiatic-Pacific Area, not in Europe.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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The Japanese SandmanSee more »

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Did Stanley rape Blanche?
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42 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Antebellum Delusions, 16 October 2005
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

Blanche DuBois reminds me of Norma Desmond in Sunset Blvd. (1950). Both characters succumb to their alter egos, and descend into their own worlds of fantasy and half-truths.

In "A Streetcar Named Desire", Blanche travels from her antebellum roots in Mississippi to New Orleans, to see her sister Stella. But, upon arriving in the Big Easy, Blanche must confront Stella's husband Stanley, a greasy, poker-playing neanderthal lout who knows a thing or two about reality. It's the clash between Blanche's stately delusions and Stanley's gritty realism that soups up the drama in this Tennessee Williams play, converted to film classic by director Elia Kazan.

The drama is absorbing. But the performances of Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, as Stanley and Blanche, are what make the film the cinematic powerhouse that it is. Excellent B&W lighting and jazzy background music amplify the seedy, sleazy atmosphere, which adds depth and texture to the story and the acting. And, of course, the claustrophobic, steamy French Quarter makes a perfect setting.

As one would expect for a film derived from a play, "A Streetcar Named Desire" is very talky. Generally, I don't care for films burdened with a ten thousand page script. But this talk-fest is an exception. Overwhelming what I would otherwise consider a weakness, the acting of Brando and Leigh alone are enough to justify a two hour investment, and render an enjoyable and memorable cinematic experience.

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