Streetcar Named Desire, A (Warner 1951, Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando)

Poster for the movie "A Streetcar Named Desire"
PG 125 min - Drama - 18 September 1951
Our rating:

Elia Kazan's intense adaptation of Tennessee Williams' tragedy still throbs with a bold sensuality. While Marlon Brando's raw Stanley Kowalski dominates the film, it's also worth watching for Kim Hunter's turn as his wife Stella and Vivien Leigh's theatrical nympho Blanche. If the film occasionally feels a little stagey, it merely heightens the sense of sweaty claustrophobia throughout.

Kazan created a masterpiece, telling the large and complex story largely through dialogue. Williams collaborated with Oscar Saul on the Academy Award-nominated screenplay which follows the original stageplay closely while elegantly and effectively opening it up for the new medium. Vivien Leigh won her second Academy Award for her searing performance in this classic film.

Director:  Elia Kazan
Producer:  Charles K. Feldman
Composer:  Alex North
Director of Photography:  Harry Stradling Sr.


Production Details

Production Companies:  Charles K. Feldman Group, Warner Bros.

Release Date:  18 September 1951

Running Time:  2 h 05 min

Genres: Drama

Language:  English

Tagline: ...Blanche, who wanted so much to stay a lady...

Budget and Box Office takings where known

Budget:  $1,800,000
Revenue:  $8,000,000