U.S., 1951, 122 min, Dir. Elia Kazan, Rated PG for thematic elements, Warner Bros.
"Brando's performance as Stanley is one of those rare screen legends that are all they're cracked up to be." - Washington Post
Faded aristocrat Blanche Dubois (Vivien Leigh) seeks refuge with sister Stella (Kim Hunter) and brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando) in a New Orleans tenement that, like her, has seen better days. Brando, Hunter and Karl Malden (Blanche's suitor) were cast in their original Broadway roles, while Ms. Leigh reprised her role from the London production. Likewise, Elia Kazan was at the helm both on Broadway and for the film. And Tennessee Williams collaborated with Kazan on the adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play. It was a star-is-born performance and a signature role for Brando ("Stella, hey Stella!") who received the first of four consecutive Oscar nominations for his effort. Ms. Leigh depended on the kindness of strangers and was rewarded with the second of her Best Actress Oscars (the first was for Gone With The Wind). Hunter and Malden took home the gold in the supporting categories.
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