- Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Noël Coward, Joanna Shimkus, Michael Dunn
- Directors: Joseph Losey
- Writers: Tennessee Williams
- Producers: John Heyman, Lester Persky, Norman Priggen
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
- Language: English, Italian
- Rated: Parental Guidance SuggestedPG
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Universal Studios
- VHS Release Date: October 31, 2000
- Run Time: 110 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004W46L
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Certainly not to everyone's taste, but I doubt if it was ever meant to be. Take a chance on it!
This one really should be on DVD with widescreen framing!
It is a camp cavalcade not to be missed. I wish it were on DVD, but at last it is out in some form..so we rejoice.
One sees why Waters would love this, and he is not the only one.
The movie itself is Tennessee Williams' "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore," its geographical setting slightly shifted, and -- to be mercilessly frank -- the story line and dialog are totally moronic, which is why it bombed at the box office and why Leonard Maltin's "Movie and Video Guide" tags it as a "thud" -- but I STILL love the movie, not just for the Liz-and-Dick flying sparks (Liz Taylor, Richard Burton), but for the SUCCULENT cinematography (filmed at a rocky hilltop villa that is a Dalí'esque DREAM and then some: every room of the place is a separate designer's portfolio, which might explain why Liz and Dick literally bought the pile after the movie was made) and take-me-into-another-world music score by the Brit film composer John Barry (the man behind the early 007 scores), not to mention a tasty walk-on by Noël Coward and the general mood of faraway luxury surrounding this aging-and-cancerous matron (Liz Taylor), rich-as-Croesus enough to order the very molecules in the air to switch vectors.
Maybe it's not your cup of camomile, and admittedly the plot line wanders like a drunk on Saturday night, but I still love the movie for the PARTS, not the whole, and the result for those who can value atmosphere and mood even above narrative is an aesthetic drench. Sip sip and be glad, and be carried off.
This is story wearing a beard. Taylor's role is really that of an aging rich gay man who is trying to hang on to youth and the beauties that great beauty attract. After all, her name is Sissy. Burton's role is that of the hustler who is all that is left for the old queen to attract. But as with so many Williams works it all must be encrypted and coded so that the America of the late 1950's and early 1960's could handle his true intentions, the soft underbelly of his plays.
Burton is too old for the role that was written for a man in his twenties and Taylor is too young and too healthy looking to be the dying Sissy. But despite that, the story of a struggle of great wealth against the inevitable grows from loopy strangeness to a compelling and moving ending. Here Taylor gives one of her oddly finest post Virginia Woolf studies in a dramatic/comic performance. There is in fact so much subversive humor in her performance that she is at times hilarious. Her vocal range dances from the shrill to the silly to the grand dame and all to serve her imperious and ultimately terrified Sissy Goforth. In the last desperate half hour of the film she does some of her finest work. Burton is rather cool and distant at first but builds his Angelo De Morte into a truly fine character study. In particular, listen to his fine delivery of the speech about the old man in the sea.
Particular note should be made of the cinematography, which is gorgeous, and the stunning sun washed bone toned opulent glamour of the sets.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Joseph Losey is boring director capable of making the most interesting things boring but here he couldn't over come the honey baked ham brought by Burton and Taylor. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Adam Adiment
Did not have a U.S. format- returned without being able to view itPublished 6 months ago by Beverly Wallace
IF EVER THERE IS A NEED FOR "BOOM" TO BE SOLD AS A DVD IN THE USA IT IS NOW. WHY SHOULD OTHER REGIONS ENJOY THIS FILM AND NOT US DIE-HARDS OF THE OFTEN WONDERFUL... Read morePublished 13 months ago by ammy
Magic happens in this one when Burton & Taylor are on the screen in this flick based on a Tennessee William's play. What a great setting too. Read morePublished 19 months ago by James W. Carr
"Boom!" is one of the most surreal Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton films out there. Unlike Hammersmith Is Out it's got an engrossing plot. Liz Taylor stars as Mrs. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amaranth
This is a crazy, wild 1960s ride in the Italy of Burton / Taylor. Amazing costumes, outrageous dialogue, and crazy characters. Definitely worth a watch. LOVED IT!!!Published on April 24, 2014 by michelle3657
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton team up for Boom ! A wild ride provided by Tennessee Williams. Society has caught up with all this by now.Published on March 17, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Have seen this on broadcast TV. I loved it. Every minute. Why can't I get it on dvd? Why not blu-ray? Burton, Taylor, Noel Coward, that blue sea, -Tennessee Williams!Published on March 5, 2013 by Bob North
Thanks to The Times.
And the greatest poet of the American theater was brought to his knees at the height of his powers.
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