- Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Albert Dekker, Mercedes McCambridge
- Directors: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
- Writers: Gore Vidal, Tennessee Williams
- Producers: Sam Spiegel
- Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
- Dubbed: Portuguese, Spanish
- Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- Release Date: Aug. 15 2000
- Run Time: 114 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00004TWZH
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,470 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Elizabeth Taylor and Katharine Hepburn each received 1960 Oscar(r) nominations for Best Actress in this gripping adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play. Beautiful Catherine Holly (Elizabeth Taylor) is committed to a mental institution after witnessing the horrible death of her cousin at the hands of cannibals. Catherine's aunt, Violet Venable (Katharine Hepburn), tries to influence Dr. Cukrowicz(Montgomery Clift), a young neurosurgeon, to surgically end Catherine's haunting hallucinations. Byutilizing injections of sodium pentothal, Dr. Cukrowicz discovers that Catherine's delusions are, in fact, true. He then must confront Violet about her own involvement in her son's violent death.
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The whole point of the movie is summed up in one sentence, but it takes 113 minutes to do it.
If you like Tennessee Williams' long-winded speeches, you'll love this movie. I didn't.
The central question in this movie is, of course, "what happened last summer?", and the spectator will be immediately drawn into the mystery. Unfortunately for us, the only witness to what happened is Catherine Holly (Elizabeth Taylor), a beautiful and traumatized young woman who became mentally unbalanced after witnessing the death of her cousin Sebastian Venable. Her aunt, wealthy Mrs. Violet Venable (Katharine Hepburn), thinks that Catherine should be lobotomized. That is the reason why she urges neurosurgeon Dr. John Cukrowicz (Montgomery Clift) to perform the operation. However, Dr. Cukrowicz believes that his patient may not be mad, after all, and that Mrs. Violet Venable might want the lobotomy in order to destroy Catherine?s mind. But what does Cathy know? What happened last summer?
On the whole, I think that you will like this movie, if you don?t mind the somber tone that pervades it. Recommended!
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