A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire
A Streetcar Named Desire
  • PG
  • 2h 2m
  • 1951
Certified Fresh98%
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Lonely and fragile Southern belle Blanche DuBois (Leigh), desperate to maintain her fraying sanity, suffers her brutish brother-in-law's (Brando) relentless, badgering attempts to make her face reality--which eventually lead her to madness.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh98%
Critics Consensus: A feverish rendition of a heart-rending story, A Streetcar Named Desire gives Tennessee Williams' stage play explosive power on the screen thanks to Elia Kazan's searing direction and a sterling ensemble at the peak of their craft.
Peter Bradshaw

The film is perhaps best regarded as an intelligent and engaged recreation of the original Broadwa...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Geoff Andrew

...Kazan achieves a sort of theatrical intensity in which the sweaty realism sometimes clashes awk...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
"Stella!" classic is powerful tale of abuse, alcoholism.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is no healthy male-female dynamic anywhere you look in this once-scandalous drama. Husbands drink, smoke, fight, and beat their wives as a regular occurrance. Though nothing explicit is shown, the viewer understands that sex (and rape) have occurred offscreen. Prostitution, suicide by gun, and student-teacher sexual relations come up in dialogue (often in innuendo-heavy terms). There are a couple old-fashioned racial epithets.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:September 18, 1951
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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