Looking for a benchmark in movie acting? Breakthrough performances don't come much more electrifying than Marlon Brando's animalistic turn as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. Sweaty, brutish, mumbling, yet with the balanced grace of a prizefighter, Brando storms through the role--a role he had originated in the Broadway production of Tennessee Williams's celebrated play. Stanley and his wife, Stella (as in Brando's oft-mimicked line, "Hey, Stellaaaaaa!"), are the earthy couple in New Orleans's French Quarter whose lives are upended by the arrival of Stella's sister, Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh). Blanche, a disturbed, lyrical, faded Southern belle, is immediately drawn into a battle of wills with Stanley, beautifully captured in the differing styles of the two actors. This extraordinarily fine adaptation won acting Oscars for Leigh, Kim Hunter (as Stella), and Karl Malden (as Blanche's clueless suitor), but not for Brando. Although it had already been considerably cleaned up from the daringly adult stage play, director Elia Kazan was forced to trim a few of the franker scenes he had shot. In 1993, Streetcar was rereleased in a "director's cut" that restored these moments, deepening a film that had already secured its place as an essential American work. --Robert Horton
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE  [60th Anniversary Edition] [Deluxe Limited Edition DigiBook] [Blu-ray] [US Import] Perhaps The Most Thrilling Display of Ensemble Acting in this All... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Andrew C. Miller
A good quality rendition of the play. Many key scenes have been censored due to contextual restraints so don't count on this to be entirely true to the original text. Read morePublished 9 months ago by JoyG
It's a gift which I'm sure the person I bought it for will be happy to receive it. Thank youPublished on Dec 19 2012 by Laura Bush Giles
Tennessee Williams' phenomenal stage play exploded onto the silver screen over sixty years ago, causing a whirlwind of controversy, and since then has lost little of its powerful... Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2012 by Jamie MacDougall
The DVD arrived in timely fashion, the quality was excellent (I had been worried about that, but all was okay, it turned out) and the material on the second disc was wonderful. Read morePublished on April 27 2010 by Dean Taylor
With obvious rekindled interest because of the recent death of Marlon Brando, this "one of a kind" film is making a deserved comback. Read morePublished on July 11 2004 by "thomabbott"
This is a perfect date movie. It is intense, sexy, and packed with intellectual and emotional whallop. Read morePublished on July 3 2004 by Godaddy
Elia Kazan's film adaptation of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" features some of the best tour-de-force acting cinema has ever seen. Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by Steven Y.