A Streetcar Named Desire


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A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire is a 1951 American film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 play of the same name by Tennessee Williams. Williams collaborated with Oscar Saul on the screenplay and Elia Kazan who directed the stage production went on to direct the film. Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden, all members of the original Broadway cast, reprised their roles for the film. Vivien Leigh, who had appeared in the London theatre production, was brought in for the film version in lieu of Jessica Tandy, who had created the part of Blanche DuBois on Broadway. A Streetcar Named Desire holds the distinction of garnering Academy Award wins for actors in three out of the four acting categories. Oscars were won by Vivien Leigh, Best Actress, Karl Malden, Best Supporting Actor, and Kim Hunter, Best Supporting Actress. Marlon Brando was nominated for his performance as Stanley Kowalski but, although lauded for his powerful portrayal, did not win the Oscar for Best Actor. Brando's performance has since been cited as one of the most influential performances in the history of American Cinema and has been widely credited for being one of the first performances to introduce Method acting to Hollywood moviegoers.

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Actors & Characters

Marlon Brando Marlon Brando Stanley Kowalski Stanley Kowalski
Vivien Leigh Vivien Leigh Blanche DuBois Blanche DuBois
Karl Malden Karl Malden
Kim Hunter Kim Hunter
Rudy Bond Rudy Bond
Nick Dennis Nick Dennis
Dahn Ben-Amotz Dahn Ben-Amotz


Harry Stradling Cinematography
Elia Kazan Director
David Weisbart Editor
Alex North Music
Charles K. Feldman Producer
Tennessee Williams Writer
Oscar Saul Writer