A Streetcar Named Desire (1995)

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Set in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the restless years following World War Two, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE is the story of Blanche DuBois, a fragile and neurotic woman on a ... See full summary »


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15 May 1999 | Movieman-133
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| True to Tennessee Williams' original script.
Unlike the original Streetcar Named Desire, this version does every line and place of location according to the script that Tennessee Williams made for his play. This version held nothing back, the attractiveness and violence of Baldwin, the insanity and and unfortunate character of Jessica's Blanche, and the kind weak, 50's wife Stella. Stella was portrayed as pretty and more attractive than the original and Blanche seemed more weak, disturbed, less attractive and less cute. Baldwin was good and convincing as the southern Macho man even though I wished they would show more sex and violence. This is the 90's and watching Lange finally get that beating could be a very exciting aspect to the film. This film seemed to rely more on characterization as Stella bearing the kind wife, and it portrays Lange as being more sly, a little more evil, and certainly more disturbed and wretched. Her performance was convincing but I certainly didn't share much sympathy with her unattractive yet dramatic appeal. I didn't like Dan Akroyd as Mitch, it seemed like a cheap episode of Rosanne and it bothered me every time he was on screen. I wanted the Mitch to be more younger, attractive, charming, someone that could really feel and love Lange's character---bad couple-yuk. Baldwin's performance was excellent and Stella and Blanche fit their roles quite well. The movie was good, but not what I'd call exciting. It is more a film that one would study in school, if only they would up the sex and violence....the more thrilling aspects to a film with potential.

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