Overall Rank: 537
Average Rating: 3.1/4
# of Ratings: 145
Theatrical Release Date: 09/18/1951
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Elia Kazan
Actors: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter, Rudy Bond, Nick Dennis
Plot: 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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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/06/2019
No cinematic masterpiece is as abusive as "A Streetcar Named Desire." Dark and energetic, it will always be a timeless and solid work of drama.
SteelCity99 - wrote on 04/22/2018
Top-notch, superlative American classic released at the exact right time. Kazan's melody dedicated to aristocratic tendencies and male despotism is a really solid diamond worth holding the rest of our decades. 97/100
Gabe - wrote on 02/07/2014
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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memento_mori - wrote on 08/26/2013
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 …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 01/22/2013
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 …
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