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A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) Movie Information

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Marlon Brando
Karl Malden
Vivien Leigh
Kim Hunter
Rudy Bond
Nick Dennis





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Set in an apartment in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Blanche Dubois visits her pregnant sister while her husband questions her finances and property that may have been left to her and her sister.

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Gabe 02/07/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Marlon Brando takes on the iconic roll of Stanley and he's brilliant. But this film is really a showcase for Vivien Leigh and she is also great. But, I found her character hard to tolerate. Much like Scarlet in Gone with the Wind (1939) another her her famous roles, she's basically a manipulative bitch. I know that's the point, but I still don't have to like it. If you can get through the first half of the film, it's great. But it gets downgraded for starting slow.

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Decent drama containing overly dramatic characters. There's some good dialogue dispersed throughout and the performances are what you'd expect. I particularly liked Brando in this, but didn't care much for any of the characters.

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The thing that elevates this film over extreme melodrama is the burning and tortured performances. This is more than acting - this is becoming the characters. Marlon Brando's best work, besides On the Waterfront.

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pixienerd487 07/17/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Marlon Brando is smoldering and mesmerizing in this, one of the most visceral performances ever captured on screen! However, he sets the bar so high and the rest of the film just doesn't seem to measure up.

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08/26/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A gritty classic.

Marlon Brando didn't win an Oscar for this... hmm. So much for most iconic role of all time.

What's so fascinating about some of the characters, is how realistic they actually are. Blanche is a belle past her prime, clinging on to semi-expensive clothes and her reputation to mask her alcoholism and make her feel better about herself.
Yes, I'll admit that she got on my nerves sometimes, but she was supposed to. Her character is a brilliant psychological mess and Vivien Leigh is fantastic in her role… Even if I wanted her to leave by the end of the film.
Stanley and Stella are an ordinary couple, who fight about things that reflect any normal couple. Expenses, house guests, appearances, forgiveness. Great writing slips into great characters.
And so the dominating role of all three is ...

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A Streetcar Named Desire review

Highly acclaimed drama with top notch performances. Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) is the sister of Stanley Kowalski's (Marlon Brando) wife Stella Kowalski (Kim Hunter). Starts of slow but begins to be engaging after 30min. or so when the characters show their real colors. The pace was somewhat sluggish though the soundtrack wonderful and recognized by the Academy awards. Settings were well picked and support were believable. Screenplay was descent though the characters not that likable. Kim Hunter seems to be the oddball becasue of the tremendous efforts from Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh. On the positives, Brando was astoundingly convincing while Leigh authentic as crazy alcoholic who lies. A Streetcar Named Desire maybe highly praised, for this critic it was an average drama o...

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