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Boom! (1968)

Boom (original title)
PG | | Drama, Thriller | 26 May 1968 (USA)
Explores the confrontation between the woman who has everything, including emptiness, and a penniless poet who has nothing but the ability to fill a wealthy woman's needs.

Director:

Joseph Losey

Writers:

Tennessee Williams (screenplay), Tennessee Williams (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Flora 'Sissy' Goforth
Richard Burton ... Chris Flanders
Noël Coward ... The Witch of Capri (as Noel Coward)
Joanna Shimkus ... Miss Black
Michael Dunn ... Rudi
Romolo Valli ... Dr. Luilo
Fernando Piazza Fernando Piazza ... Etti
Veronica Wells Veronica Wells ... Simonetta
Howard Taylor Howard Taylor ... Journalist
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Film version of playwright Tennessee Williams' "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore" involves very wealthy Flora 'Sissy' Goforth, supposedly dying, and living in a large mansion on a secluded island with her servants and nurses; into her life comes a mysterious man, Angelo Del Morte and "the Witch of Capri." The mysterious man may or may not be "The Angel of Death". Written by alfiehitchie

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She outlived six rich men! See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

26 May 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boom! See more »

Filming Locations:

Capo Caccia, Sardinia, Italy See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Topol passed on this project. See more »

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The terrace scene very late in film begins with characters commenting on sunset occurring behind them, yet the rest of scene plays out in bright afternoon sunshine. See more »

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Flora 'Sissy' Goforth: Life is all memory.
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Music by John Dankworth
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Georgie Fame
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Another pretty good Taylor Burton get together.
11 April 2003 | by f64See all my reviews

This is a film about the super-idle superrich and the people who participate in their deathwatch. The film is minimalist in nature having only a cast and a set that supports the deathwatch theme. It is probably a difficult movie to watch because it has absolutely nothing to say about life and living. William's script creates a Dante-ish abstraction of a death journey with incredibly tight and sharp dialogue that is matched by the director's use of space and time. The only problem I have with the production is the totally inept lighting direction. Here we have a Mediterranean sunwashed villa as the set of the final human drama with very little sense of light and heat.

The whole cast, what there is of it, are essentially giving solo performances. Even when they are in each other's arms they seem to be issuing soliloquies. This produces a very interesting effect of "who's on first". Everyone has such a good part with such good lines its hard to tell who to focus on. The real treat was the Taylor-Coward jousting at the dinner table. I've never seen Noel Coward before and this part seemed to be written for him. Taylor hated her part in this film but it appeared the director was allowing the cast to develop their parts themselves judging from the reading flubs that were left in the final cut.

I'm not going to say anything about the story. It should be seen by those who are looking for a Tennessee Williams interpretation of death at the top. Suffice it to say, in response to the waves crashing on the rocks below: "boom...the shock of each moment of still being alive".

I rate this a 5 out of 5. I would have rated it a 4 out of 5 if there was no close-up of Taylor's eyes.


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