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A Streetcar Named Desire

Original Theatrical Date: September 18, 1951
  • OSCAR WINNER:
  • Best Actress - Vivien Leigh
  • Best Supporting Actor - Karl Malden
  • Best Supporting Actress - Kim Hunter
  • Best Art Direction

A Streetcar Named Desire is the 1951 Elia Kazan/Tennessee Williams triumph that earned 12 Academy Award nominations, including "Best Picture," while also courting controversy with some last-minute edits undertaken to appease the censorship board.

Marlon Brando made his first indelible mark on audiences in this powerful adaptation of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Gone With the Wind's Vivien Leigh is the neurotic belle Blanche du Bois who struggles to hold on to her fading Southern gentility against the brutish badgering of her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski (Brando). Leigh, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden and the rich black-and-white cinematography were all awarded Oscars for this cinematic classic.

While Brando was the only one of the film's four Oscar-nominated actors not to secure a win, his passionate cries of "Stella! Stella! Stella!" remain etched forever in Hollywood history.

Genre: Oscar WinnersClassicDrama