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Original Air Date:
6 January 1993 (Season 21, Episode 10)
The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Richard Eyre 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tennessee Williams  play

Produced by
Simon Curtis .... producer
Jane Hawley .... associate producer
Original Music by
Richard Hartley 
Cinematography by
Andrew Dunn 
Film Editing by
Mark Day 
Production Design by
Bob Crowley 
Art Direction by
Peter Findley 
Costume Design by
Hazel Pethig 
Makeup Department
Shaunna Harrison .... makeup designer
Belinda Hodson .... makeup assistant
Sharon Walsh .... makeup assistant
Production Management
Martin Hutchings .... production manager
Art Department
Mark Collisson .... construction manager
Maura Laverty .... production buyer
Mina Martinez .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Debbie Pragnell .... dubbing editor
John Pritchard .... sound recordist
Aad Wirtz .... dubbing mixer
Aad Wirtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Garry Fiferman .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Peter Wragg .... visual effects designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Cross .... best boy
Steven Hall .... focus puller
Paul Hatchman .... grip
Jeremy Humphries .... second camera operator
Paul Robinson .... first camera clapper
Alex Scott .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Janine Marr .... costume assistant (as Janine Stewart)
Other crew
Sue Ainscough .... assistant floor manager
Janey Barton .... production assistant
Joseph Rhodes .... assistant floor manager

Series Crew
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Directed by
John Doyle 
John Glenmeister (episode "Man Who Married a French Wife, the")
Nick Havinga (episode "Girls in Their Summer Dresses") (episode "Monument, The")
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marion J. Caffey  creator
Daniel Ezralow  creator
Josh Groban  creator

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Additional Details

USA:82 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Shot in 11 days.See more »
Doctor Cukrowicz:[lighting a table lighter, which flames high] Lord! What a torch!
Violet Venable:So shines a good deed in a naughty world, Dr. Sugar.
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3 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Wrong, wrong, wrong..., 4 October 2009
Author: austinmanix from United States

I'm a fan of the original movie with Liz Taylor, Katharine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift and I knew that the 1959 film was very different from the stage version. This version with Natasha Richardson, Maggie Smith and Rob Lowe seems to stick closer to the original text. The three leads are amazing but the supporting cast seemed to lack direction, grasp the severity of the situation at hand or even know how to really REact to situations. The man playing George (Richard E. Grant) had two modes, loud and frantic and quiet and frantic. When mad he would make the same arm gestures over and over again and showed absolutely no character development. Several times during temper tantrums, he paid no attention to where he was going and almost fell over parts of the set. His mother Ms. Holly (played by Moira Redmond) came off as being not only a ditz, but a drunk one at that and stumbled over many lines. Ms. Foxhill played to absurdity by Gillian Raine was painful to watch. Richardson and Smith were fantastic playing off one another and Lowe was greatly underused. Tennessee Williams wrote many tragic figures into his plays and stories and Catherine, the one in Suddenly, Last Summer was based in part on events that led to his (Tennessee's) sisters lobotomy. It takes a special type of talent and adaptation to pull off Tennessee Williams and the supporting cast missed the mark by such a wide margin that it was difficult to focus on the fantastic performances of the three leads.

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