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Basics Critics:49Viewers:71Rusty:77
Category: DramaNotable as: DramaSub-Category: drama film, LGBT-related filmNarrative location: New OrleansRuntime: 113 - 114 minutesColor: black-and-whiteLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: Spain, MajorcaDirector: Joseph L. MankiewiczScreenwriter: Gore Vidal, Tennessee WilliamsBased on: Suddenly, Last SummerMusic: Malcolm Arnold, Buxton OrrCinematography: Jack HildyardStars: Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Albert Dekker, Mercedes McCambridge, Gary Raymond, Mavis Villiers, Patricia Marmont Producer: Sam Spiegel, Columbia PicturesStudio: Columbia PicturesAwards won: Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama (Elizabeth Taylor)
Targa d'Oro (Elizabeth Taylor)
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Actress (Elizabeth Taylor)
Academy Award for Best Actress (Katharine Hepburn)
Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Black and White
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Award details: (details at IMDb)

Suddenly, Last Summer is a 1959 American Southern Gothic mystery film based on the play of the same title by Tennessee Williams. The film was directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and produced by Sam Spiegel from a screenplay by Gore Vidal with cinematography by Jack Hildyard and production design by Oliver Messel. The musical score was composed by Buxton Orr using themes by Malcolm Arnold. The plot centers on a young woman who, at the insistence of her wealthy New Orleans aunt, is being evaluated by a psychiatric doctor to receive a lobotomy after witnessing the death of her cousin, Sebastian Venable, while traveling with him in Spain the previous summer. The film stars Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, and Montgomery Clift with Albert Dekker, Mercedes McCambridge, and Gary Raymond.

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