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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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THE PULITZER PRIZE PLAY of New Orleans' Latin Quarter...of a Lonely Girl...of Emotions Gone Savage! See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Independent producer Charles Feldman bought the screen rights to Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play. He took it to Darryl F. Zanuck, head of 20th Century Fox, about making it, but Zanuck point-blank refused, knowing that the censors would strip all the meaning out of the play. See more »

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When Stanley meets Blanche for the first time, and changes his t-shirt, during the conversation, the t-shirt goes from un-tucked to tucked into his pants. He made a big deal about taking the shirt off in front of her, but nothing about unbuckling his tight belt to get his shirt tucked into his trousers. See more »

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[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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Referenced in The Golden Girls: The Accurate Conception (1989) See more »

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Somebody Loves Me
(1924) (uncredited)
Music George Gershwin
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A true milestone in cinema history
8 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

"A Streetcar Named Desire" is along with "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" the best movies adapted from a play ever. Vivien Leigh is excellent in the most difficult role of the world theatre and far more impressive here than in "Gone With the Wind". With the performance she gives she proves what a great actress really means. Marlon Brando is equally impressive in a role that made him a star. He gives a different dimension to Stanley and introduces method acting to Hollywood. This role that deserved an Oscar is maybe the best of his career. Kim Hunter and Karl Malden are ideal in the supporting roles. The scene that Stanley and Stella are reconciled after a fight they have is full of passion and desire and is now regarded a classic. But the person that created the atmosphere and helped the actors create their roles is Elia Kazan (to me he is the best director ever lived). Kazan manages to create a great atmosphere and make the movie not be just another stagy play. "A Streetcar Nemed Desire" is undoubtedly a milestone in cinema's history that nobody should miss.


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