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Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire (1995)

Alec Baldwin , Jessica Lange , Glenn Jordan  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alec Baldwin, Jessica Lange, John Goodman, Diane Lane
  • Directors: Glenn Jordan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 156 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004FGA2MG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,840 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire" on IMDb

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Tennessee Williams’ entire Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece now can be seen for the first time completely unedited in this first “CBS Playhouse 90s” presentation. Prior filmmakers were ordered to cut controversial scenes – even resulting in a different ending as in the landmark film that propelled Marlon Brando to fame.Travel to the sultry streets of New Orleans and discover the family secrets that shaped the character of Blanche DuBois (Golden Globe® winner Jessica Lange), a seductive yet faded Southern belle who shows up at her sister’s door desperate and destitute. Struggling to weave an air of sophistication, Blanche’s façade doesn’t fool her crude, street-savvy brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski (Alec Baldwin), and he torments her with devastating effect. For solace, she turns to her sister, Stella (Diane Lane), whose loyalties are torn between her husband and Blanche, and to Mitch (John Goodman), a kind but lonely man who offers Blanche what could be her last chance for happiness.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A COMPLETE AND UNCENSORED "STREETCAR" April 11, 2011
Format:DVD
Tennessee Williams is one of America's greatest playwrights, and 1947's Putlizer-Prize winning "A Streetcar Named Desire" is his undisputed masterpiece. Sam Staggs, in his definitive history of "Streetcar", correctly describes the play as "a root canal on the soul."
The plot concerns Blanche DuBois, who arrives in New Orleans seeking refuge from her troubled past in her sister Stella's small apartment. Blanche hadn't counted on her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski, being so brutish and intensely sexual, however. She hopes to find a measure of happiness and peace with Stanley's friend Harold Mitchell (Mitch). A lesser playwright than Williams may well have given Blanche, and the audience, a happy ending with Mitch. But neither Williams nor his characters are that easy or simplistic. His characters are not all good or all bad. They exist in a morally gray area; with Williams exposing the cruel and harsh realities of life. When the truth of Blanche's sordid past is crudely and relentlessly exposed by Stanley, Mitch cruelly rejects her. Blanche loses her tenuous grip on reality. There is a final violent confrontation between Blanche and Stanley; which in turns leads to one of the most soul-shattering conclusions in theatre history.
The cast of this 1995 TV production, based on a successful Broadway revival starring Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin, does not have to contend with the censorship issues that plagued the otherwise outstanding 1951 film version. So here we have the full text and content of Williams' original play. This means we get the sad story of the suicide of Blanche's gay husband, and we see how it has haunted her for years. We also get the full, long scene between Blanche and Stella following the violent poker game.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THRILLING AND DEEPLY SATISFYING February 15, 2013
By TOBY
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As a homosexual male born in 1955 I don't see how I could be more invested in the original film version of this magnificent play. I was pretty much raised on it. The films of Tennessee Williams plays were about the only cultural containers that I had to project into during my youth. But, I am so glad that I bought this particular filmed version of "A Streetcar Named Desire." How often do you get to watch performances this brilliantly filmed which are the result of this degree of preparation, development, and performance experience and largess. Which can pretty much only come from a successful long-run Broadway production. Don't be confused that this might be one of those awkwardly filmed theatre productions for television. I am not sure I have ever seen a film of a play that is this cinematically successful. The very generous use of close-up allows us to appreciate just how rich, nuanced and fully realized these performances are. I had alway heard that Ms. Lange was miscast for this role. I don't know, this seems to me to be an absolutely bravura performance which vastly deepened my understanding of a character which I thought I knew quite well. Of course it does help, a lot, that we are finally able to watch the actual original play, and I am not sure we all appreciate just how long this took. Nor why. Mr. Baldwin's excellent performance has considerable range and hits all the right "Stanley" notes and moments and the potential for violence feels very palpable. But for some reason I kept thinking that the actor was perhaps a bit too middle class for the performance to be absolutely believable. I may have just been resistant and you should decide for yourself. All the supporting actors give commendable fulfilling performances. Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars STREETCAR Redux September 27, 2011
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At least Glen Jordan, the director, was working with a script much closer to the stage version than the expurgated Warner Bros. film. And somewhere in the libraries of remakes is the Anne Margaret/Treat Williams version.

Okay, for this version....John Goodman's Mitch brings a sweetness and a pain to the screen that is almost physically uncomfortable to watch, it is so naked and vulnerable.

Let's face it....no one is ever going to make Stanley their own....it's been done. It's owned. I find that Alec Baldwin has grown in the years he's been working, into a wonderfully adept comedian, as well as honoring his dramatic abilities. His anger and frustration was, for me, too cerebral....Stanley IS a primal man. It's hard for an intelligent actor to make us believe that he isn't smart. It really showed me the difference between acting and being, looking at Brando.

However, it cases like this, where Stanley doesn't overwhelm the screen (or stage) it allows Blanche to take her rightful place in the spotlight, stage center. And that's why when this version was first aired I thought that we'd found a new Blanche for the ages. And in many ways, we have. My only question, complaint, disappointment came with Ms. Lange's adoption of every note, every nuance, every breath of Vivien Leigh's vocal performance. I thought it was my imagination, since that's the performance I've seen and heard so many times. But now, watching it again, I had the same experience.

Stella is definitely worth Stanley's attention, and Blanche's devotion, and her physical inability to believe her husband's cruelty reminded me of another piece of acting that Ms. Lane accomplished in UNFAITHFUL....the ability she has of showing the audience what is going on in her mind and in her gut....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jessica Lange is amazing!
This was a great production of this classic. At first, of course you make the usual comparisons....but you get lost in the movie and the performances. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Bill, always a fan!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Experience
Lange nails Blanche. GREAT retelling of this classic. Not as great as Anne Margaret's version but awesome acting all around
Published 2 months ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive Streetcar
The other versions of Streetcar were edited in some way but this is the complete version of Tennesee Williams' great play
Published 4 months ago by Carol McCauley
5.0 out of 5 stars a streetcar named desire
I saw this movie tears ago on tv and just loved it, the actors did a wonderful job. I suggest others watch it.
Published 5 months ago by linda l smith
2.0 out of 5 stars a real yawner
for a movie with such a long A-list of stars this movie fell so flat.I'm a huge Diane Lane fan and I couldn't even sit through the whole movie. save you money. Read more
Published 5 months ago by oklahoma apache
5.0 out of 5 stars loved seing uncensored version of play
the only thing this production lacks is marlon brando as stanley. although that is a formidable handicap, this is,nonetheless a stellar,interpretation. Read more
Published 9 months ago by carol irvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great original version of the Play
It was the performances, and also it was good to see the play in it's original form. The movie version with Brando is still the best, but this is a very close race.
Published 10 months ago by Krazy Kat
3.0 out of 5 stars I Look Forward to the Next Remake
I have seen all 3 versions . No one as of yet can replace Brando in the part of Stanley, but I look forward to someone trying. Read more
Published 11 months ago by xyz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is an excellent version of the play, the actors are wonderful! Jessica Lange and Alex Baldwin at their best!
Published 15 months ago by C. Jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Saw this years ago and have been waiting for the DVD release. Best rendition of the play ever! Diane Lane is superb!
Published 23 months ago by Lisa Ruppert
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