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Suddenly, Last Summer

(DVD - 2000 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Suddenly, Last Summer
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Beautiful Catherine Holly is committed to a mental institution after witnessing the horrible death of her cousin at the hands of cannibals. Her rich aunt tries to influence a young neurosurgeon to surgically end Catherine's haunting hallucinations. By utilizing injections of truth serum, the neurosurgeon discovers that Catherine's delusions are in fact true and must confront the rich aunt about her own involvement in her son's violent death.
Title: Suddenly, last summer
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, [2000]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 114 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features include: Production notes ; interactive menus ; video photo montage ; vintage advertising ; talent files ; theatrical trailer ; bonus trailers ; scene selections.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1959.
Adapted from the play Suddenly last summer by Tennessee Williams.
"Side A is a widescreen version which preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio, approx. 1.85:1. Side B is a full screen version and is re-formatted to fit your TV screen."--Container.
Summary: Beautiful Catherine Holly is committed to a mental institution after witnessing the horrible death of her cousin at the hands of cannibals. Her rich aunt tries to influence a young neurosurgeon to surgically end Catherine's haunting hallucinations. By utilizing injections of truth serum, the neurosurgeon discovers that Catherine's delusions are in fact true and must confront the rich aunt about her own involvement in her son's violent death.
Audience: MPAA Not rated.
Local Note: AVMYSTERY
ISBN: 0767847490
Branch Call Number: PN1997 .S828 2000
Statement of Responsibility: Columbia ; Sam Spiegel presents ; screenplay by Gore Vidal and Tennessee Williams ; produced by Sam Speigel ; directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Credits: Director of photography, Jack Hildyard ; editor, Thomas G. Stanford ; music composed by Buxton Orr and Malcolm Arnold, conducted by Buxton Orr ; production designed by Oliver Messel.
Performers: Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, Katharine Hepburn, Albert Dekker, Mercedes McCambridge, Gary Raymond, Mavis Villiers, Joan Young, Patricia Marmont, Maria Britneva, David Cameron.
System Details: DVD, Region 1; Dolby Digital, mono.
Other Language: English (mono), Spanish, or Portuguese language soundtrack, with optional subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean & Thai.
Subject Headings: New Orleans (La.) Drama. Narcoanalysis Drama. Cannibalism Drama. Murder victims' families Drama. Mothers and sons Drama. Post-traumatic stress disorder Drama. Women Mental health Drama.
Genre/Form: Film adaptations.
Feature films.
Topical Term: Narcoanalysis
Cannibalism
Murder victims' families
Mothers and sons
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Women
Publisher No: 04752
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Sep 19, 2012
  • Derringer rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Regardless of its big-name cast and its considerable-sized budget, I view Suddenly Last Summer as one of the most ugly movie-experiences of all-time.... I'm no prude, but, still, I consider this film, that generously mixes into its vicious, back-stabbing story elements of ruthless blackmail, the threat of lobotomy to obliterate a dark secret, and the lecherous sexual molestation of naive, teenage boys by a self-righteous homosexual man, to be completely distasteful and geared to a mentality that sinks even lower than gutter-level.... I can't remember the last time that any other movie left such a lasting bad taste in my mouth.

Oct 07, 2011
  • nontechmom rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Overly dramatic, over acted and highly improbable. The Katherine Hepburn character was interesting and it's worth watching this movie for its historical value.

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Sep 19, 2012
  • Derringer rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Other: A woman tries everything in her power to have her niece lobotomized because of the dark secret this girl knows about her son.

Sep 19, 2012
  • Derringer rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A young woman is cornered in a mental institution and nearly attacked by the male inmates.

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