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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

 -  Drama  -  22 June 1966 (USA)
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A bitter aging couple with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other.

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George and Martha are a middle aged married couple, whose charged relationship is defined by vitriolic verbal battles, which underlies what seems like an emotional dependence upon each other. This verbal abuse is fueled by an excessive consumption of alcohol. George being an associate History professor in a New Carthage university where Martha's father is the President adds an extra dimension to their relationship. Late one Saturday evening after a faculty mixer, Martha invites Nick and Honey, an ambitious young Biology professor new to the university and his mousy wife, over for a nightcap. As the evening progresses, Nick and Honey, plied with more alcohol, get caught up in George and Martha's games of needing to hurt each other and everyone around them. The ultimate abuse comes in the form of talk of George and Martha's unseen sixteen year old son, whose birthday is the following day. Written by Huggo

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You are cordially invited to George and Martha's for an evening of fun and games. See more »

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22 June 1966 (USA)  »

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Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  »

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$7,500,000 (estimated)
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Robert Redford turned down the role of Nick. See more »

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In almost every scene, to go up the stairs there are four or five steps and then the staircase turns left before continuing. Late in the movie, when Sandy Dennis enters through the front door, the staircase is straight with no turns. Further, if there were separate staircases, they almost certainly would not both go up from the front of the house. See more »

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Nick: [to Honey] We'll go in a little while.
George: Oh no. No, you mustn't. Martha is changing, and Martha is not changing for me, Martha hasn't changed for me in years. If Martha is changing, that means we're going to be here for days. You're being accorded an honor, and you mustn't forget that Martha is the daughter of our beloved boss. She is his right... arm. I was going to use another word, but we'll leave that sort of talk to Martha.
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Don't be AFRAID to watch "Who's Afraid......"
26 January 2004 | by (Midlothian, Virginia) – See all my reviews

ABSOLUTE TEN !! This is a masterpiece and it is mandatory that you watch it. If you are an adult (not for children) and have not seen this movie, please reward yourself and rent or buy the movie. Like Jonah and the great whale, you too will be swallowed, but into the overwhelming emotions of this very very great screenplay. The movie was shot in B&W with a small cast of actors, but who notices? Burton and Taylor at their absolute B-E-S-T. Like a bug-light draws moths, you will be dragged into this one.


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