Suddenly, Last Summer

  • Film
  • Drama
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From a Tennessee Williams play, an outrageous, melodramatic shocker touching on madness, homosexual prostitution, incest, disease and cannibalism, replete with enough imagery to sustain an American Lit seminar for months. On film, with Taylor as the woman who saw something nasty and Clift as the psychiatrist trying to probe her trauma, the one-act material is stretched perilously thin; but it works for Hepburn as the incarnation of civilised depravity, the matriarch trying to keep the lid on things by persuading Clift to lobotomise her niece (Taylor, whose performance suggests that surgery has already taken place).

Release details

Duration: 114 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Joseph L Mankiewicz
Screenwriter: Gore Vidal, Tennessee Williams
Cast: Katharine Hepburn
Gary Raymond
Elizabeth Taylor
Montgomery Clift
Albert Dekker
Mercedes McCambridge
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