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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 20 wins & 18 nominations See more »
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(10 articles)
Elizabeth Taylor: 1932-2011
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Elizabeth Taylor Passes Away
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Elizabeth Taylor Dies At Age 79
 (From Cinema Blend. 23 March 2011, 6:16 AM, PDT)

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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) | 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 original play opened on Broadway at the Billy Rose Theater (October 1962), Martha was played by Uta Hagen, George by Arthur Hill, Nick by George Grizzard and Honey by Melinda Dillon. The play was directed by Alan Schneider.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the bedroom scene near the beginning, when Burton lies on the bed, the books behind his head are fully visible, but when Taylor lies down next to him a minute later, the books are half-obscured by the pillows.See more »
Quotes:
George:You take the trouble to construct a civilization, to build a society based on the principles of... of principle. You make government and art and realize that they are, must be, both the same. You bring things to the saddest of all points, to the point where there is something to lose. Then, all at once, through all the music, through all the sensible sounds of men building, attempting, comes the Dies Irae. And what is it? What does the trumpet sound? Up yours.See more »
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In the script, Martha references Davis and quotes her famous "What a dump!" Which film actually contains the line?
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84 out of 107 people found the following review useful.
Perfect Movie-making, 28 February 2005
Author: Rathko from Los Angeles

An undisputed classic that chronicles every appalling moment of a drunken night in hell as middle-aged George and Martha tear each other, and their guest, to pieces.

Elizabeth Taylor proves categorically that she was a truly great actress. Her Oscar-winning performance as the psychologically tormented Martha is one of the greatest performances in the history of cinema. Taylor's imperceptible shifting from sadism to tenderness, from bullying condescension to exhausted vulnerability, is a masterclass in character building. Martha is a truly monstrous character, and yet Taylor is able to imbue her with sympathy, allowing you brief glimpses of the warm and lovable woman she could have been.

Richard Burton is equally magnificent as George; an ageing, failing college professor whose initial meekness gives way to a raging torment all of his own. His verbal sparring with Taylor, like two pit-bulls in the ring of an endless and bloody dogfight, has become legendary. Every word drips with malice and contempt, every sentence is designed to cut the deepest wound. At times, it becomes painful to watch, but like true train-wreck television, you cannot drag yourself away from the inevitably terrible conclusion.

Quite possibly, this is as close to perfect as movies can get; beautifully written dialogue, deeply complex characters, an evolving and suspenseful storyline, beautiful photography, and a wonderfully understated score by Alex North. Nominated for 13 Academy Awards in 1967, but lost out to A Man for All Seasons and Born Free to win only 5.

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" "I am."

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