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Director:
Writer:
Ernest Lehman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 June 1966 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
You are cordially invited to George and Martha's for an evening of fun and games. See more »
Plot:
A bitter aging couple with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 5 Oscars. Another 22 wins & 18 nominations See more »
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Elizabeth Taylor: 1932-2011
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Elizabeth Taylor Dies At Age 79
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That's what comes from too much alcohol and too few mutual respect See more (216 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Elizabeth Taylor ... Martha

Richard Burton ... George

George Segal ... Nick

Sandy Dennis ... Honey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Agnes Flanagan ... Roadhouse Waitress (uncredited)
Frank Flanagan ... Roadhouse Manager (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Nichols 
 
Writing credits
Ernest Lehman (screenplay)

Edward Albee  play (uncredited)

Produced by
Ernest Lehman .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Alex North (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Haskell Wexler (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Sam O'Steen (film editor)
 
Production Design by
Richard Sylbert 
 
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins 
 
Costume Design by
Irene Sharaff (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist: Miss Taylor
Ron Berkeley .... makeup artist: Mr. Burton (as Ronnie Berkeley)
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles creator: Miss Taylor
Jean Burt Reilly .... supervising hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bud Grace .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Craig Binkley .... set dresser (uncredited)
Harold Michelson .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Joseph Musso .... production illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
M.A. Merrick .... sound
George Groves .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Flanagan .... gaffer (uncredited)
Ralph Gerling .... camera operator (uncredited)
Robert Jason .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael A. Jones .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Alex North .... conductor
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Henry Brant .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... driver: cast (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Richard Barr .... produced on the stage by
Doane Harrison .... production advisor
Hal W. Polaire .... assistant to the producer (as Hal Polaire)
Meta Rebner .... script supervisor
Clinton Wilder .... produced on the stage by
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
T.J. Healy II .... production assistant (uncredited)
Herbert Ross .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
131 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Czech Republic:12 | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:12 (2007) | Netherlands:18 (1967) | Norway:16 | Portugal:17 (original rating) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2009) | UK:15 (video rating) (1988) | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) | USA:Approved (cut) (Suggested for Mature Audiences) (certificate #21074) | West Germany:18 (f) (original rating) | West Germany:16 (f) (re-rating)

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Trivia:
When the film was shown on network television for the first time, some local television affiliates bumped the broadcast from 9:00 P.M. to 11:30 P.M., because a film with such adult language had never been shown on network TV.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The first scene of George and Martha entering the living room shows a 3 light floor lamp in the corner of the room. The next scene of the area shows a single globe lamp hanging from the wall. The single globe lamp remains through out the film.See more »
Quotes:
Martha:I hope that was an empty bottle, George! You can't afford to waste good liquor, not on YOUR salary!See more »

FAQ

In the script, Martha references Davis and quotes her famous "What a dump!" Which film actually contains the line?
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67 out of 97 people found the following review useful.
That's what comes from too much alcohol and too few mutual respect, 9 July 2003
Author: RWiggum from Erlangen, Germany

'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' tells the story of two couples that are quite different at first sight - one used to each other for years, the other one rather freshly wed in comparison. Actually it doesn't tell their story, but it displays their relationships.

The film begins on a Sunday morning at 2 o'clock, right after a party, and ends just after the sun rises. In these few hours we get to know these four people better then we might possibly want.

George and Martha are the older couple. He is a history professor, she is the daughter of the head of the university. Their relationship seems to be from hell, full of mutual disgust and humiliation. Their guests are Nick and Honey. He is the new, ambitious biology professor, she is his naive young wive. As all these four characters are more or less drunk throughout the entire film, alcohol works as a catalyst, and we quickly see the different kind of character traits they have: George is a cynic, Martha loves to torment her husband, Nick is an opportunist and Honey is very much a stupid blonde.

The two relationships deserve closer examination: We wonder why Martha and George married in the first place. They keep swearing at each other. Martha can't stop humiliating George, when they are alone as well as when Nick and Honey are there. Maybe there is still a rest of love in them, but there mutual respect has vanished completely. And then there is the strange story of their son, who is supposed to visit on his birthday. They way George and Martha talk about him make us feel that there is something peculiar about him. At the end we get to know more about him, and we can only guess how important the son is for their relationship.

Nick and Honey, on the other hand, seem to be quite the opposite. But, being used as weapons by the older couple, we see that their relationship isn't as perfect as it seems to be, either. Nick didn't marry Honey because he loved her, but because he thought she was pregnant and because of her money. And when Martha tries to seduce him to tease George, he plays the game with her, always in mind that this woman's father is the head of the university. Honey, on the other hand, is much more emotional than her husband, but she also is the most passive character, and the one most affected by the alcohol.

Mike Nichols assembled an outstanding cast for his film. Casting Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as Martha and George is a stroke of genius - not only are they terrific actors, but it also heats the imagination of the viewer how much their real-life-marriage resembled the relationship they had in this film. Elizabeth Taylor outshines her co-stars a little. Never was she any better than in this one; although her character is the meanest in the film, she manages that we still feel compassion for her at the end. But Richard Burton, George Segal and especially Sandy Dennis deliver memorable performances, too.

'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' succeeds at something rather difficult: It makes us care for characters we wouldn't want to have anything to do with in real life. And although it actually consist of nothing but four people talking for two hours, it never bored us for a second.

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