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Director:
Writer:
Ernest Lehman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 June 1966 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 23 wins & 18 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
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Elizabeth Taylor: 1932-2011
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Elizabeth Taylor Passes Away
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Elizabeth Taylor Dies At Age 79
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"George and Martha,.......sad........sad........sad" See more (218 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:
Academy Award-winning cinematographer Harry Stradling Sr. was replaced by Haskell Wexler just after filming began for attempting to "beautify" Elizabeth Taylor.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When George and Nick are outside talking under the large tree, George pours a small amount of bourbon into Nick's glass. A second later, we see the glass has much more bourbon in it than was originally poured.See more »
Quotes:
Martha:Well, you're going bald.
George:So are you.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Elizabeth Taylor: A Tribute (2011) (TV)See more »

FAQ

In the script, Martha references Davis and quotes her famous "What a dump!" Which film actually contains the line?
What is the the significance of the title, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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36 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
"George and Martha,.......sad........sad........sad", 27 June 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Edward Albee's award winning play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf ran for 664 performances on Broadway and just closed down when this film version made its debut in 1966. The Broadway play was set entirely in the living room of George and Martha's home and starred Uta Hagen, Arthur Hill, Melinda Dillon, and George Grizzard. All eminently respectable players, but none of them exactly movie box office.

This film was destined to make money when the most publicized couple of the decade, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, chose it as a star vehicle for themselves. Of course what was not clear was how well a one stage play would adapt to film.

It adapted very well and went quite beyond one stage. The action of the film moved effortlessly to an all night diner at one point with some stops along the way. You'd hardly know the story as originally told only had one setting.

There's no real plot to it. For reasons I can't fathom this middle aged and bitter couple George and Martha have a younger couple, Nick and Honey, over to their house at two in the morning. I don't know about you, but I'm usually not my best at that time. Also they had just come from a party at Martha's father's house. Martha's dad is the president of a college and George teaches there. Nick and Honey are a newly hired professor and his wife.

The late night and the liquor bring out the worst in everybody. A whole lot of ugly truths get told.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf was the summit of the professional team of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Playing against type, Elizabeth Taylor got her second Oscar the one she felt she earned. She always disparaged the one received for Butterfield 8 as it came on the heels of her well publicized pneumonia bout.

In fact all four members of the cast were nominated with Sandy Dennis winning Best Supporting Actress. Ironically Richard Burton didn't win, losing to Paul Scofield for A Man for All Seasons. I guess the Academy voters figured Burton would get another shot. He never brought home the big prize though.

George Segal usually gets overlooked. This film and Ship of Fools was the start of his long career, but no Oscar for him either.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf is quite the indictment against marriage, especially after the love has died. It's far from the whole story of marriage. There are many who stay married longer than George and Martha and happily. But it wasn't in Edward Albee's life experience to draw from.

But this should be seen to see Liz and Dick at their very best.

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