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A Streetcar Named Desire (1984)

Blanche Dubois goes to visit her pregnant sister and husband Stanley in New Orleans. Stanley doesn't like her, and starts pushing her for information on some property he knows was left to ... See full summary »

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Blanche Dubois goes to visit her pregnant sister and husband Stanley in New Orleans. Stanley doesn't like her, and starts pushing her for information on some property he knows was left to the sisters. He discovers she has mortgaged the place and spent all the money, and wants to find out all he can about her. Even more friction develops between the two while they are in the apartment together... Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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4 March 1984 (USA)  »

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Tennessee Williams wanted Meryl Streep for a film version of "A Streetcar Named Desire" in the 1980s. When Streep proved unavailable, the project was refashioned for television and the role of Blanche given to Ann-Margret. See more »

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Version of A Brother's Desire (1994) See more »

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Ann-Margret's original "take" on Blanche is the only reason to view this
12 August 2005 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

This second film version of the famous Pulitzer Prize-winning Tennessee Williams play is the lesser of its three film incarnations.

The original 1951 film's only drawback is the excised 20 minutes of original play material. The third version (Jessica Lange) is the complete play on film and her performance is exceptional.

The Ann-Margret version suffers visually (it's extremely darkly lit and faces are hard to make out). The terrible "bleed" on the VHS release mixes reds and blacks to a degree that eliminates clarity in over 50% of the visuals. The casting is also uninspired. Williams is physically perfect for Stanley, but is not up to the acting requirements. Quaid is good as Mitch, but not outstanding. D'Angelo seems anachronistic and more suited to 1984 than the post-WWII setting.

Ann-Margret is a stronger and sexier Blanche than either Leigh or Lange. She is no-nonsense when she arrives - there is an almost complete lack of flirtation and mannerism, so that we are surprised later how quickly this "in-charge" woman loses her grip on reality. Neither the director nor Ann-Margret have prepared us for the Blanche we encounter at the end of the film. They almost seem like two different women.

By casting Blanche as a younger woman and not that removed from the age level of her other cast members, the sexuality can be emphasized and played for real without seeming tawdry. The mutual attraction between Blanche and Stanley is made obvious here from the beginning. The rape is between equals, not the brutish overwhelming of a scared old maid.

This desperately needs visual restoration before anyone tries to give it back to the public. Even the VHS box lists the film erroneously as 96 minutes, when it is 119 minutes (correctly labeled on the cassette itself).

See this if you are a fan of the play - it will expand your understanding of the many depths and dimensions of the characters - without actually ever seeming to "work."


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