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...Blanche, who wanted so much to stay a lady...

Sep 18,1951

Hollywood Movies | Drama

Ratings: 7.1 / 10 from

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Length: 125 Minute(s)
A Streetcar Named Desire is the film adaptation from the play by Tennessee Williams and directed by Elia Kazan. The film tells the drama story of the conflict between run down southern states and the exemplary industrial states in the north. Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.
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Movie Parental Guide

nudity 5/10 No nudity. Lots of kissing. Numerous references and discussions of a woman's sexual past, most of which are outdated views on promiscuous women. Man rapes his sister-in-law. We only see him grab her forcefully. Man has shirt off briefly in a few scenes. A woman is implied to be naked under bedsheets in one scene; intercourse with her husband the previous night is implied too. Lots of euphemistic innuendo in the dialogue. References to sexual promiscuity - and possibly prostitution - and even a scandal of a teacher romantically involved with a teen student. A woman euphemistically accuses her sister of marrying a man only for his sex appeal. A woman confesses she found out her late husband was gay but only those already familiar with the play on which this movie is based will pick up on this. In a scene loaded with carnal desire, a shirtless man is approached by a woman coming down the stairs, and hugs her so that his face is next to her belly. She grabs and feels his back passionately. They kiss and he carries her off, sex is implied, but not shown. A man slaps his wife's buttocks, to her embarassment. Women change clothes in a few scenes but only strip down to undergarments. A man assists his sister-in-law in changing clothes and in another scene walks into a room where she is undressed. Lots of sexual tension. A group of men make fun of another man for staring at a woman changing clothes through a curtain. An adult woman flirts with a much younger (possibly teenaged) man and asks him to kiss her, which he does. A woman says she wants the respect of a man whom she is dating, although men lose interest quickly, implying she hasn't had sex with him. A man speaks of being able to have sex with his wife again once his sister-in-law leaves. In another scene, the wife briefly talks about her wedding night to her sister.
violence 5/10 In a drunken fit a man throws a radio through a window and beats his pregnant wife off screen (only blows are heard). The wife leaves the room for a few minutes and then returns. A man rapes his sister-in-law off screen. Before he does, the sister-in-law breaks a wine bottle and threatens him with it. The scene fades out before any real violence is seen. A man constantly yells at his wife and sister-in-law. A man throws dishes off a table.
profanity 2/10 A few ethnic slurs: "polack" and "chinaman"
alcohol There is lots of alcohol consumption by one character. It is implied that she is an alcoholic. Characters smoke a lot in almost every scene. A woman smokes while pregnant (but in 1951 no one was aware of the dangers in this). Husband drinks with group of friends while playing poker.
frightening A female is taken away to a mental institution. She runs around and fights against the people trying to take her away, until finally collapsing to the ground while crying and groaning hysterically. Very intense.

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