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Suddenly, Last Summer 

The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.

Director:

Richard Eyre

Writer:

Tennessee Williams (play)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Maggie Smith ... Violet Venable
Rob Lowe ... Doctor Cukrowicz
Gillian Raine Gillian Raine ... Miss Foxhill
Richard E. Grant ... George Holly
Moira Redmond ... Mrs. Holly
C.P. Wilson C.P. Wilson ... Butler
Natasha Richardson ... Catharine Holly
Rosaleen Linehan Rosaleen Linehan ... Sister Felicity
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Storyline

The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1993 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Shot in 11 days. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Cukrowicz: [lighting a table lighter, which flames high] Lord! What a torch!
Violet Venable: So shines a good deed in a naughty world, Dr. Sugar.
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Why Can't I find this on DVD???
23 July 2002 | by sammikatSee all my reviews

"Suddenly, Last Summer" (1993 TV Version) I taped this version way back in 1993 & it is supremely faithful to the text (unlike the original version with Elizabeth Taylor). Maggie Smith is reserved where Katherine Hepburn is effusive. Similarly, Rob Lowe smoulders where Montgomery Clift languished. Natsha Richardson is not Elizabeth Taylor, but the Catherine of the original text is not the Catherine in the original film. The character is not seen until almost halfway through the play; the impact of her story is heightened that much more by her late appearance. Gone are the flashback location shots (mercifully), Natasha Richardson's delivery of her final monologue doesn't need flashbacks, one is able to visualize what she describes perfectly. This is truly superior to the original version.


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