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Suddenly, Last Summer


A beautiful girl is committed to a mental institution after witnessing the violent death of her cousin. The doctor uses a truth serum on her and confirms his suspicions that her hallucinations are indeed fact.

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The main trouble with this picture is that an idea that is good for not much more than a blackout is stretched to exhausting length and, for all its fine cast and big direction, it is badly, pretentiously played.

- Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Tuesday, May 20, 2003


- Christopher Null,, Monday, May 14, 2007

Rotten: The cast packs enough sexual ambiguity to satisfy the most rabid Williams fan (not to mention a screenplay by Gore Vidal), but Mankiewicz leaves much of the innuendo unexplored -- thankfully, perhaps.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Audience Reviews

5 stars

While its premise is surely strange, with Taylor's seclusion and her cousin Sebastian's fate up in the air, this film is still wildly entertaining. Hepburn, a seasoned veteran of the screen, takes on the persona of an unfeeling woman cooped up with a misanthrope, different than any other role she has ever undertaken. Clift is personal, but not dodgy, and the chemistry between him and Taylor is palpable.

- FrizzDrop, Tuesday, November 23, 2010

4 stars

This movie is based on a Tennessee Williams play, and is full of drama, intensity, tension, suspense, and sometimes a bit of confusion, but I think it's really a great movie. The cast has big stars, and a great director too. If you like Williams' plays, you should see this movie.

- ajv2688, Friday, November 19, 2010

4 stars

Elizabeth Taylor is rapidly becoming my favorite 50s actress, and Tennessee Williams my favorite playwright. I think what's always interesting in these play adaptations is the clash between strong women while the seemingly innocent men are caught in the crossfire. But at the same time, the men might be the most immoral of all given that they play witness to this insanity, and are still able to be bought off. Monty Clift always gave me that feeling. As Kim Morgan would say, THOSE EYES! The ending is totally tacked on, also, and you can't shake the feeling that everybody is still slightly insane.

- jennifxu, Sunday, October 18, 2009