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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 »
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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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Writing credits
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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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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
This should be available on video!, 7 February 2005
Author: ROD ONEAL ( from California, United States

I have a copy of this version of "Suddenly Last Summer" that I taped (luckily) during the broadcast on "Great Performances" in 1993. The picture quality is very fuzzy, which seems to have been a part of the original broadcast. This is even more obvious in these days of DVD, where we are all so used to excellent visuals. I have tried to collect ALL filmed presentations and soundtracks of Tennessee Williams plays, and I don't like to compare the various versions due to the fact that the original film versions faced great restrictions because of censorship, given the stricter morals of those days. The older versions do the best that they were allowed to do, in the context of the prevailing morality under which they were produced. This PBS "Great Performances" version is wonderful- from the opening credits shots of Venus Fly Traps capturing insects in Sebastian's garden to the closing credits depicting the garden again. After the screening, there is a brief clip from a 1976 interview with Tennessee explaining how an incident between his sister and mother inspired the dialogue written for the play. There is no mention of an available video for the presentation, as is so common these days for most PBS productions, so I am assuming that this version has never been released on any home video format. The closing credits state that this is "A BBC co-production with Thirteen/WNET" and gives the date 1992. There is a chance that this was released on video in the UK, but I have not found any mention of such. There is no credit given for soundtrack music or any release as well.

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