Suddenly, Last Summer Movie Review 1959

Information and Film Reviews for Suddenly, Last Summer the Movie

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Brain surgeon is summoned to the mansion of a rich New Orleans matron who wishes him to perform a lobotomy on her niece, supposedly suffering from a mental breakdown. Based on the play by Tennessee Williams. Softened for the censors, though the themes of homosexuality, insanity, and murder, characterizations of evil, and unusual settings presage many movies of the next two decades. Extremely fine performances from Hepburn and Taylor. Clift never completely recovered from his auto accident two years before and does not come across with the strength of purpose really necessary in his character. Still, fine viewing.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 114 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Adapted from a Play, Family Ties, Plays to Film: Tennessee Williams, New Orleans
Gore Vidal
Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Mercedes McCambridge, Albert Dekker
Jack Hildyard
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Malcolm Arnold
Columbia Pictures, Sam Spiegel


Golden Globes 1960: Actress--Drama (Taylor).

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