Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1962. Roxbury Productions Inc..Screenplay by Richard Brooks, based on the play by Tennessee Williams. Cinematography by Milton R. Krasner. Produced by Pandro S. Berman. Music by Harold Gelman. Production Design by George W. Davis, Urie McCleary. Costume Design by Orry-Kelly. Film Editing by Henry Berman.
Tennessee Williams makes his way to the big screen once again. This film mainly centres around the sadomasochistic relationship between a pretty-boy wannabe actor (Paul Newman) and an established, aging stage and screen star (Geraldine Page). Newman failed the first time he tried to make it in Hollywood, and now that he has returned to his home town he wants her to help him make his way to the top. Knowing that he’s willing to do anything to get there, Page decides to enjoy herself while she can. Along the way we also meet Newman’s former girlfriend (Shirley Knight), whose tough politician father (Ed Begley) made him leave their small town many years before. It’s as good as all the Williams films are, and as usual is an exercise in the great writer dealing with his own issues with his sexuality.
Academy Award: Best Supporting Actor (Ed Begley)
Nominations: Best Actress (Geraldine Page); Best Supporting Actress (Shirley Knight)
Golden Globe Award: Best Actress-Drama (Geraldine Page)
Nominations: Best Actor-Drama (Paul Newman); Best Supporting Actor (Ed Begley); Best Supporting Actress (Shirley Knight)