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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? -- A burned-out professor and his volatile yet seductive wife battle it out in front of, and eventually with, their unsuspecting, mild-manneredguests.
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Release Date:
22 June 1966 (USA) See more »
You are cordially invited to George and Martha's for an evening of fun and games. See more »
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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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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Former MPAA Head Jack Valenti Dies at 85
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Still powerful, harrowing view of the "Anti-Ozzie and Harriet" See more (226 total) »


  (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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Also Known As:
"Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" - USA (complete title)
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131 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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Even though their schedule and long lunches could try Mike Nichols' patience daily, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton always worked hard when they were in front of the camera to deliver the powerful performances that were expected of them. The studio, however, wasn't as understanding. "Mike ended up being thirty days over schedule and doubling the budget," said Sam O'Steen. "The studio thought about kicking Mike off the movie. They tried, but they knew if they fired Mike, the Burtons would both walk."See more »
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 »
[first lines]
Martha:[with disgust] What a dump.
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78 out of 92 people found the following review useful.
Still powerful, harrowing view of the "Anti-Ozzie and Harriet", 3 July 2000
Author: rwalker-2 from California

This is still an exceptional film from the 1960s. Though some of the epithets are obviously softening much stronger words, the language is frank and brutal, Martha's bludgeoning body-blows balanced by George's icepick thrusts. Edward Lehman's respectful screenplay gently opens up Edward Albee's one-set play while keeping a certain claustrophobic atmosphere. Mike Nichols' first directing effort is stunning in its lack of artifice; rarely do you feel that the director has done much more than turn on the camera and watch four actors, all at the top of their game, tear into their roles. George Segal's work in this movie is criminally underrated, but his reactive work as studly, ultimately disappointing Nick should be mandatory study by all young actors. Sandy Dennis' fluttery turn as mousy, wifey Honey is powerful also; a lot more is going on than you might think. Richard Burton is staggering as George ("Georgie Porgie Put-upon Pie"), and his performance demonstrates the magic that he could bring to a worthy role. Elizabeth Taylor's work here still astounds. The physical transformation she undertook to become aging harpy Martha is amazing enough, but her performance seems to channel a hurricane's force and fury. By turns hilarious, maddening and then, at the end, exhausted and defeated yet again, Taylor demonstrates acting, particularly film acting, at its best. The film is by no means easy or "Hollywood" in feel-- the audience is as exhausted as the characters at the end. But this was a bracing, necessary antidote to the impossible ideal of marriage usually portrayed in the movies. A towering film.

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