This wonderfully overheated drama by Tennessee Williams, who wrote the screenplay with Gore Vidal, is animated by ultra-powerful performances from Elizabeth Taylor and Katharine Hepburn.
Taylor plays Catherine Holly, the niece about to be committed to a mental institution by southern matriarch Violet Venable (Hepburn) after witnessing the violent death of a cousin, with Montgomery Clift as John Cukrowicz, the neurosurgeon called in to assess the girl’s sanity rating before a possible lobotomy.
Director Joseph L Mankiewicz makes it a class act all round.
Dr John Cukrowicz
Mrs Violet Venable
Joseph L. Mankiewicz