Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

DVD - 2006
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Mike Nichols' first directorial effort represents a milestone in psychological realism and "foul" language in American cinema. George and Martha as played superbly and without vanity by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton are as far from the bourgeois 1950s perfect married couple as you can get alternatively badgering berating abusing and loving each other both alone and accompanied by the naive young married couple that have come over for a nightcap (portrayed brilliantly by George Segal and Sandy Dennis). The fun and games in which George and Martha involve Nick and Honey are a lacerating look at the older couple's existence where the emotional brutalizing fill an unspeakable void at their center and a troubling preview of what the younger couple's life could become. Edward Albee's dramatic vision combines the banal the vulgar and the poetic and Ernest Lehman's adapted screenplay is amazingly faithful to the structure of Albee's play. The acting is uniformly excellent and Taylor and Burton were never better together. A harrowing movie experience but very worthwhile and finally unforgettable.System Requirements:Run Time: 131 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre:TELEVISION/CLASSIC Rating:NR UPC:012569821095 Manufacturer No:82109.
Audience: NR (Not Rated)
Publisher: [S.l.] : Warner Home Video, 2006
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA WHO'S
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (131 min.) : sd., col ; 4 3/4 in

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XGirl
Oct 06, 2017

Hello, darlings - In this1966 "adult" drama - Elizabeth Taylor (looking like a total floozy) chews up the scenery like it was nobody's business.

NWPL Feb 09, 2017

This is not a film for everyone as it is dark and more of a talkie than action. The film stays pretty true to the play.

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ThomasJWhiting
Aug 05, 2015

Somehow I'd missed seeing this, but now I have - and it was great!

Interesting play - and the acting was excellent - particularly Sandy Dennis who had some odd moments late in the film, although all were good.

Derwatt Apr 15, 2015

Moving, moody, magnificent.
You have to have lived in order to fully appreciate this film. Yes, it's hard to watch in places but life is hard to watch in places. This is not a celebration of what can be awful, though. It has some wonderfully funny moments, it's true in its observations of relationships and, If you can stay with it until the closing moments, I defy you not be moved by what is ultimately expressed by the two main characters.

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VRMurphy
Mar 06, 2015

Wonderfully written and great acting, particularly by Burton, who atypically underplays, but it's just so nasty.

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Triple_X_Rex
Feb 03, 2015

Yes. I do realize that this film has indeed lost a considerable amount of its venom, clout and vicious bite since its initial release back in 1966, but, all the same, I certainly don't think that it was really all that good, anyways.

For me, a film whose sole focus is to zero in on some seriously demented marital dysfunction certainly gets to be a mighty big bore, real fast. If you don't take this film's stinking bull at face value, then having to endure watching the blowzy, lard-assed Elizabeth Taylor verbally duking it out with the loud, obnoxious Richard Burton can quickly become quite humorous, almost cartoonish in nature.

Back in its day, this film was considered ground-breaking (and, I guess, it was) for its high level of profanity and sexual implications. This was the first film to use the word "bugger", and the phrase "screw you" in its dialogue. And it was also the first to be given the MPAA tag - "No one under 18 will be admitted unless accompanied by his parent."

Personally, I've always hated this film's title, which really has nothing, in the least bit, to do with the story. And, believe me, no one will ever, ever convince me that that bloated bag, Elizabeth Taylor, was at all deserving of the Oscar she won for her portrayal of Martha.

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petercorell
Nov 21, 2014

Director Mike Nichol's passed away a few days ago. I will remember him for his best film which was "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" He took this Edward Albee play and made a masterpiece of a movie. It stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. As a film marriage, it will be one long remembered for emotional outbursts of Taylor and Burton. A marriage like theirs has not been seen on screen before or since. It is something special to behold that two people could act in such a foul manner. You really have to see this movie to believe the emotional level it reaches. Few movies will be held with more respect then Mike Nichols "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf"!

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Ron@Ottawa
Jan 06, 2014

I have to confess this is probably the 3rd time I watch this film, but still don't like it that much. You have to enjoy stage plays, and to enjoy watching married couples going at each other's throat. This is one long, talky film. Not my cup of tea.

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Monolith
Dec 29, 2013

Daunting performances from Taylor and Burton (and Sandy Dennis, too) in this HEAVY "Debbie Downer" film adaptation of Edward Albee's play. Scathing dialogue abounds, with language never before allowed for public distribution, as another commenter has mentioned, markedly denoting this film as the beginning of the end of the archaic Hayes Code censorship system. A very depressing film, but an extremely well put together rapid-firing script. Quite an amazing debut for Mike Nichols ("The Graduate", "Carnal Knowledge", etc.). FIVE STARS.

btmslt Jun 18, 2013

An entertaining film of Albee's play.

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Monolith
Dec 30, 2013

Martha (to George): "I swear, if you existed, I'd divorce you."

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Monolith
Dec 30, 2013

Nick: "May I use the... uh... bar?" George: "Oh, yes... yes... by all means. Drink away... you'll need it as the years go on."

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Monolith
Dec 30, 2013

(In the backyard at the tree swing, where the two men are quite drunk) Nick: "...You have any other kids? You have any daughters or anything?" George: "Do we have any heh, heh, heh -- what?" Nick: "Do you have any... I mean, you only have the one, uh... kid! Your son!" George: "Oh! No, no, just, one. One boy. Ha ha.. Our son." Nick: "Well... That's nice..." George: "Yeah, well... he's a... comfort... He's a beanbag." Nick: "...A what?!?" (cont'd)

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Monolith
Dec 30, 2013

(cont'd) George: "Beanbag. Beanbag. You wouldn't understand... (gets in Nick's face) A BEAN-BAG!!!" Nick: "I heard you! I didn't say I was deaf! I said I didn't understand!" George: "You didn't say that at all!" Nick: "I meant I was implying I didn't understand! .. Christ's sake..." George: "You're getting testy." Nick: "I'm sorry." George: "All I said was that our son, the apple of our three eyes -- Martha being a cyclops; our son is a beanbag, and you get testy." Nick: "I'm sorry -- it's late. I'm tired; I been drinkin' since nine o'clock; my wife is vomiting... There's been a lotta screaming going on around here!" George: "So you get testy! Naturally! Don't worry about it! Anybody who comes here ends up getting testy. It's expected! Don't be upset!" Nick: "I'm not upset." George: "You're testy." Nick: "Yes."

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