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A Streetcar Named Desire (1995)

Set in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the restless years following World War Two, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE is the story of Blanche DuBois, a fragile and neurotic woman on a ... See full summary »

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Set in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the restless years following World War Two, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE is the story of Blanche DuBois, a fragile and neurotic woman on a desperate prowl for someplace in the world to call her own. After being exiled from her hometown of Laurel, Mississippi for seducing a seventeen-year-old boy at the school where she taught English, Blanche explains her unexpected appearance on Stanley and Stella's (Blanche's sister) doorstep as nervous exhaustion. This, she claims, is the result of a series of financial calamities which have recently claimed the family plantation, Belle Reve. Suspicious, Stanley points out that "under Louisiana's Napoleonic code what belongs to the wife belongs to the husband." Stanley, a sinewy and brutish man, is as territorial as a panther. He tells Blanche he doesn't like to be swindled and demands to see the bill of sale. This encounter defines Stanley and Blanche's relationship. They are opposing camps and Stella is... Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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Passion and desire ignite in a smoldering new production of an American classic. As shocking today as it ever was.

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"A Streetcar Named Desire" won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1948. See more »

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Stella: But there are things that happen, between a man and a woman, in the dark, that sorta make everything else seem unimportant
Blanche: What you are talking about is brutal desire. Just desire. The name of that rattletrap streetcar that bangs through the Quarter, up one old narrow street and down another.
Stella: Haven't you ever ridden that streetcar?
Blanche: It brought me here, where I'm not wanted, and where I'm ashamed to be.
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True to Tennessee Williams' original script.
15 May 1999 | by (So. Attleboro) – See all my reviews

Unlike the original Streetcar Named Desire, this version does every line and place of location according to the script that Tennessee Williams made for his play. This version held nothing back, the attractiveness and violence of Baldwin, the insanity and and unfortunate character of Jessica's Blanche, and the kind weak, 50's wife Stella. Stella was portrayed as pretty and more attractive than the original and Blanche seemed more weak, disturbed, less attractive and less cute. Baldwin was good and convincing as the southern Macho man even though I wished they would show more sex and violence. This is the 90's and watching Lange finally get that beating could be a very exciting aspect to the film. This film seemed to rely more on characterization as Stella bearing the kind wife, and it portrays Lange as being more sly, a little more evil, and certainly more disturbed and wretched. Her performance was convincing but I certainly didn't share much sympathy with her unattractive yet dramatic appeal. I didn't like Dan Akroyd as Mitch, it seemed like a cheap episode of Rosanne and it bothered me every time he was on screen. I wanted the Mitch to be more younger, attractive, charming, someone that could really feel and love Lange's character---bad couple-yuk. Baldwin's performance was excellent and Stella and Blanche fit their roles quite well. The movie was good, but not what I'd call exciting. It is more a film that one would study in school, if only they would up the sex and violence....the more thrilling aspects to a film with potential.


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