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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? [DVD] [1966]

  • SKU: 18864267
  • Release Date: 11/09/2010
  • Rating: NR
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (6 out of 6)

    Special Features


    • Two Commentaries: 1- Directors Mike Nichols and Steven Soderbergh
    • 2 - Cinematographer Haskell Wexler
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    "You are cordially invited to George and Martha's for an evening of fun and games." Thus read the ad copy for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, which in 1966 went farther than any previous big-studio film in its use of profanity and sexual implication. George (Richard Burton) is an alcoholic college professor; Martha (Oscar-winner Elizabeth Taylor) is his virago of a wife. George and Martha know just how to push each other's buttons, with George having a special advantage: he need only mention the couple's son to send Martha into orbit. This evening, the couple's guests are Nick (George Segal), a junior professor, and Honey (Sandy Dennis), Nick's child-like wife. After an evening of sadistic (and sometimes perversely hilarious) "fun and games," the truth about George and Martha's son comes to light. First staged on Broadway in 1962 with Uta Hagen and Arthur Hill, Edward Albee's play was adapted for the screen by Ernest Lehman, who managed to retain virtually all of Albee's scatological epithets (this was the first American film to feature the expletive "goddamn"). Lehman opened up the play by staging one of George's speeches in the backyard, and by relocating the film's second act to a roadside inn (he also added four lines--"all bad," according to Albee). Thanks to the box-office clout of stars Taylor and Burton, not to mention the titilation factor of hearing all those naughty words on the big screen, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf was a hit, and it won 5 Oscars, including awards for Taylor and Dennis, though it lost Best Picture to A Man for All Seasons. First-time director Mike Nichols lost the Oscar, but this movie gave him a perfect transition from his stage work and established him as a hot young Hollywood director, leading to his acclaimed (and Oscar-winning) work on his next movie, The Graduate. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Elizabeth Taylor
      Elizabeth Taylor - Martha
    • Richard Burton
      Richard Burton - George
    • George Segal
      George Segal - Nick
    • Sandy Dennis
      Sandy Dennis - Honey



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews

    100%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Taylor and Burton performances

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      MikePags2
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      I rank this as the best performances by Taylor and Burton when they were at the height of their careers. Both give great performances in this Albee play adapted for the screen.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Superb Filn

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      miyazaki
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      This is one of my all time favorite movie classics filled with powerful acting and psychological undertones. Loved to watch the excellent tour de force acting from Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Marriage Disintegrates

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      Poetwarrior
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      During a night of heavy drinking, a middle aged, childless couple pour their bitterness, anger, self-loathing and emotional pain on one another.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie!

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      Cwells
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      I bought this movie for my mom for Christmas. This is one of her favorite movies! The quality is excellent and worth seeing.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great performances from Taylor and Burton

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      Venom2796
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      This is a great film with fantastic performances. It is a largely talkative film so be aware of that when you buy it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Disturbing!

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      Poetwarrior
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      Harrowing dialogue between a couple whose marriage is disintegrating before our eyes!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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