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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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Storyline

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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Together they devour life! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Chris as envisioned was a young poet, and Richard Burton was considered by most to be terribly miscast as well as too old for the part. The failure of this film seriously damaged Elizabeth Taylor's standing at the box office, though Burton had another major hit with Where Eagles Dare (1968) after the fiasco of its drubbing by both the critics and movie audiences. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, when Taylor is lying on the bed, she pushes a button on the cassette player at her bedside which introduces John Barry's soundtrack music. However, the button she pushes is "rewind", not "play". See more »

Quotes

Flora 'Sissy' Goforth: What's human or inhuman is not for human decision.
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Connections

Referenced in Multiple Maniacs (1970) See more »

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Music by John Dankworth
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Georgie Fame
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A film rich in its vulgarity - I love it
18 December 2003 | by Donald CaseySee all my reviews

When this film opened in 1968, most patrons at the cinema either walked out or stayed and scratched their heads. I came back to see it several times. Everything about it is delightfully overdone. Elizabeth Taylor, while too shrill, is wonderful to watch. I am not sure she understood the role she was playing, but she attacked the film with a lot of gusto. This signalled the end of the big Taylor-Burton films of the 1960s, and would be the death knell of Elizabeth Taylor as number one at the Box Office. In the 1970s, I managed to see this film several times on television, and I remember finding additional delights on re-viewing. I recommed this to all Elizabeth Taylor fans.


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