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Suddenly, Last Summer

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 54 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: August 15, 2000
  • Originally Released: 1959
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.78
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Mono - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers
    • Elizabeth Taylor - Star
    • Joseph L. Mankiewicz - Director
    • Katherine Hepburn - Star
    • Montgomery Clift - Star
    • Talent Files
    • Vintage Advertisements
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    • Photo Montage

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 20


User Ratings: 6,805
Rating: 2.5/4 -- This bizarre and often distasteful movie at the end of the 1950s was an omen of things to come. Full Review
TV Guide
Mar 23, 2011
I found Suddenly, Last Summer hollow, unproductive, unalive, and above all stagey, not cinematic. Full Review
The Spectator
Jul 19, 2018
Rating: 4/5 -- Superbly adapted with blistering performances from Taylor and Hepburn. Full Review
Empire Magazine
Mar 23, 2011
It has some very effective moments, but on the whole it fails to move. Full Review
Oct 18, 2008
It is hard to know what to say about this misguided tour through the dank recesses of Mr. Williams' subconscious. It's all clearly nonsense, the rankest kind of Victorian melodrama. Full Review
Esquire Magazine
Jul 11, 2019
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Suddenly, Last Summer remains a remarkably salacious descent into madness, thanks to Mankiewicz's harrowing direction and two towering performances by Taylor and Hepburn Full Review
From the Front Row
Jun 4, 2019
The cast packs enough sexual ambiguity to satisfy the most rabid Williams fan (not to mention a screenplay by Gore Vidal), but Mankiewicz leaves much of the innuendo unexplored -- thankfully, perhaps. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Mar 23, 2011

Product Description:

Gore Vidal's stark, powerful screen adaptation of Tennessee Williams's play explores the trauma of Catherine (Elizabeth Taylor), whose homosexual cousin dies an unspeakable and gradually revealed death while traveling with her in Europe. Katharine Hepburn as the murdered man's mother can't bear to hear the details of her son's death, preferring instead to have a lobotomy performed on her niece, insisting that the girl is mad. But a doctor (Montgomery Clift) is determined to explore the reasons behind the girl's inexplicable actions and words, eventually uncovering the secrets the mother wants to hide. Williams's play explicitly stated why the murdered man's death so traumatized his cousin, but this adaptation written by Vidal and filled with wild, moody tension by director Joseph L. Mankiewicz allows viewers to read between the lines and gather their own suspicions about Sebastian Venable's death. Taylor radiates uncertainty and fear as the girl terrorized by her cousin's death and her fierce aunt's obsession to keep her quiet, while Hepburn sways with menace in one of her few, deliciously played roles as a villainess. Both actresses were nominated for Best Actress Oscars for their performances.

Plot Synopsis:

An adaptation of Tennessee Williams's play about homosexuality, murder, and sanity in which a beautiful woman (Elizabeth Taylor) who witnessed the brutal killing of her gay cousin by an enraged mob remains in a near hysterical state, unable to tell anyone the details of his slaughter, while her aunt (Katharine Hepburn) determines to keep her niece mute on the subject. Hepburn and Taylor were both nominated for Oscars for Best Actress for their riveting portrayals of desperate, intense characters.


Production Notes:

  • Tennessee Williams's play explicitly states what happened to the dead cousin, and exactly what the horror was that haunted the girl: cannibalism. The film, however, is much more vague on the details of his death.

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 2,514
  • UPC: 043396047525
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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