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A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

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Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Blanche DuBois
... Stanley Kowalski
... Stella Kowalski
... Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell
Rudy Bond ... Steve Hull
... Pablo Gonzalez
Peg Hillias ... Eunice Hull
Wright King ... Newspaper Collector
... The Doctor
Ann Dere ... The Matron
Edna Thomas ... The Mexican Woman
... The Helpful Sailor
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Storyline

Blanche DuBois, a high school English teacher with an aristocratic background from Auriol, Mississippi, decides to move to live with her sister and brother-in-law, Stella and Stanley Kowalski, in New Orleans after creditors take over the family property, Belle Reve. Blanche has also decided to take a break from teaching as she states the situation has frayed her nerves. Knowing nothing about Stanley or the Kowalskis' lives, Blanche is shocked to find that they live in a cramped and run down ground floor apartment - which she proceeds to beautify by putting shades over the open light bulbs to soften the lighting - and that Stanley is not the gentleman that she is used to in men. As such, Blanche and Stanley have an antagonistic relationship from the start. Blanche finds that Stanley's hyper-masculinity, which often displays itself in physical outbursts, is common, coarse and vulgar, being common which in turn is what attracted Stella to him. Beyond finding Blanche's delicate ... Written by Huggo

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...Blanche, who wanted so much to stay a lady... See more »

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Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 December 1951 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Un tranvía llamado deseo  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,000,000
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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

As of March 2017, Mickey Kuhn, who was 18-19 years old, and Wright King, who was 27-28 years old when the film was shot, are currently the only confirmed surviving cast members of this film. See more »

Goofs

Stanley says that Louisiana utilizes the Napoleonic Code (which was promulgated a year after the Louisiana Purchase). Actually, Louisiana uses as its private law the Louisiana Civil Code. Although it is similar to the Napoleonic Code, it has always been the controlling legal authority in the state. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
A Sailor: Can I help you, ma'am?
Blanche DuBois: Why, they told me to take a streetcar named Desire and then transfer to one called Cemetery and ride six blocks and get off at Elysian Fields.
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Mary Had a Little Lamb
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Written by Sarah Josepha Hale
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Favorite movie-quote - (Blanche speaking to Stella behind Stanley's back) - "There's even something subhuman about him."

Now, I would never, ever say that A Streetcar Named Desire is a film that can be appreciated by everyone, but, regardless, it is still certainly well-worth a view for anyone who's at all interested in seeing top-notch film-making, early 1950's-style.

If you ask me - This film is the absolute epitome of powerhouse movie-making from a very specific era in Hollywood history.

Being someone, like myself, who can often be quite bluntly critical about films, I'm really very surprised and, yes, quite pleased to see how well this film actually holds up today, 64 years later.

Containing some very well-defined characters - A Streetcar Named Desire certainly delivers, in aces, equal helpings of insensitive brutality, heartless viciousness, and despairing mental instability. Believe me, this is not a happy story.

When it comes to that old, familiar saying - "They don't make movies like this anymore." - A Streetcar Named Desire certainly packs a powerful punch and lives up to its stellar reputation very satisfactorily.


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