Suddenly, Last Summer


The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.

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  1. Gore Vidal


  2. Joseph L. Mankiewicz


  3. Tennessee Williams


Top Billed Cast

  1. Elizabeth Taylor

    Elizabeth Taylor

    Catherine Holly

  2. Katharine Hepburn

    Katharine Hepburn

    Mrs. Violet Venable

  3. Montgomery Clift

    Montgomery Clift

    Dr. Cukrowicz

  4. Albert Dekker

    Albert Dekker

    Dr. Lawrence J. Hockstader

  5. Mercedes McCambridge

    Mercedes McCambridge

    Mrs. Grace Holly

  6. Gary Raymond

    Gary Raymond

    George Holly

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 54m

Budget $3,000,000.00

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • December 22, 1959



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

Talk is never cheap when sourced from Tennessee Williams.

Millionairess, Violet Venable is obsessed with her now dead son, Sebastian. Sebastian met his untimely end whilst on vacation with his cousin Catharine, an end that has sent Catharine almost to the edge of insanity. Violet, very concerned about Catharine and her hurtful ramblings, enlists brain surgeon Dr. Cukrowicz to see if he will perform a lobotomy on the poor girl, but as Cukrowicz digs deeper, motives and facts come crashing together to reveal something far more worrying.

As one expects from a Tennessee Williams adaptation, t... read the rest.

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