• A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

A Streetcar Named Desire

Release Date: 1951

PG |2 hr 6 min

Plot Summary

Based on the play by Tennessee Williams, this renowned drama follows troubled former schoolteacher Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) as she leaves small-town Mississippi and moves in with her sister, Stella Kowalski (Kim Hunter), and her husband, Stanley (Marlon Brando), in New Orleans. Blanche's flirtatious Southern-belle presence causes problems for Stella and Stanley, who already have a volatile relationship, leading to even greater conflict in the Kowalski household.

Cast: Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden, Rudy Bond, Nick Dennis, Peg Hillias, Wright King

Director: Elia Kazan

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Warner Brothers

Keywords: Wife, Emotional, Sister, Family, Rivalry, Marriage, 1950s, Husband, Fall, Tense

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    The marvel of Brando's and Leigh's performances is that he is steely solidity and she airy evanescence, something frequently misinterpreted as his modern, realistic acting style and her quaint kind of theatrics. [Director's Cut; 18 March 1994, p.10]

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    You could make a good case that no performance had more influence on modern film acting styles than Brando's work as Stanley Kowalski, Tennessee Williams' rough, smelly, sexually charged hero. show more

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    It's full of cinematic invention, rich verbal and visual poetry, packed with raw life and nonpareil acting. [Dirctor's Cut]

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Nominated Sound Recording
Nominated Cinematography (Black-and-White)
Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1953)
Winner Art Direction (Black-and-White)
Nominated Costume Design (Black-and-White)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay)
Nominated Best Motion Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Directing
Nominated Music (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture)
Winner Actor in a Supporting Role