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A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

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Marlon Brando made his first indelible mark on audiences in this powerful adaptation of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Gone With the Wind's Vivien Leigh is the neurotic belle Blanche du Bois who struggles to hold on to her fading Southern gentility against the brutish badgering of her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski (Brando). Leigh, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden and the rich black-and-white cinematography were all awarded Oscars for this cinematic classic.While Brando was the only one of the film's four Oscar-nominated actors not to secure a win, his passionate cries of "Stella! Stella! Stella!" remain etched forever in Hollywood history.


  • Vivien Leigh
  • Marlon Brando
  • Kim Hunter
  • Karl Malden
  • Rudy Bond
  • Nick Dennis
  • Peg Hillias
  • Wright King
  • Richard Garrick
  • Ann Dere

Did You Know?


  • As the film progresses, the set of the Kowalski apartment actually gets smaller to heighten the suggestion of Blanche's increasing claustrophobia.
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  • When Mitch embraces Blanche, she puts her arm around his shoulders, which changes between shots, either her left one or her right one.
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    • Stella: I never listen to you when you're being morbid.
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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.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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

Metacritic review by Michael Wilmington
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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]

Metacritic review by Carrie Rickey
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer