Streetcar Named Desire, A

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2

Content: -1 1/2

The release of this 1950s classic film, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, in its uncut version, adds nothing but length to this strange movie. Like the Tennessee Williams' play, the movie concerns the story of the haunted Southern lady, Blanche Du Bois (Vivian Leigh). Blanche comes to live with her sister Stella (Kim Hunter) in New Orleans, and seems to be running from a shadowy past. As an aging belle, she may have only one last chance to find security and happiness in the strong arms of Mitch (Karl Malden). The only thing in her way is Stella's husband, Stanley Kowalski, played sneeringly by a young Marlon Brando. Some haunting scenes include one of Blanche's final descent into madness. However, it seems to have lost much of the sweaty appeal it once had in the 50's. Admirers of Tennessee Williams' fiction about the dark side of human nature may appreciate this film. Others, however will leave the theatre either depressed or disgusted.

This 50's movie garnered a 90's PG rating through both its subject matter and violence. The abusive relationship between Stanley and Stella shows Stanley punching his wife in the face, though the actual blows are hidden from the audience. He also fights three other times with different groups of men. Stella is drawn by Stanley's animal magnetism and goes back to him shortly after their fight, supposedly to have intercourse. Though never explicit, the movie is charged with the sexual tension between Blanche and Stanley, culminating with Stanley's rape of Blanche, which is indicated by the violent shattering of a mirror. Blanche has been expelled from her teaching position after having an affair with a student. The twisted relationships and sexual deviances portrayed are not condoned, but no answer or explanation for them is given. Both Blanche and Stanley get drunk twice. On a positive note, no crude language or nudity mars the dialogue. Even so, the immoral sexual theme and marital violence make this PG film off-limits for children.

Preview Reviewer: Greg Wilson
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The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Several times - Moderate (husband punches wife twice in face, husband in about three fights with punches thrown, husband throws dishes against wall)

Sex: Implied twice, including once as rape

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (veiled references to intercourse, suggestive looks)

Drugs: Alcohol drinking several times, including drunken behavior, not condoned

Other: None

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Intended Audience: Adults

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