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914 Ratings

Suddenly, Last Summer

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
United States, 1959
Drama, Mystery, LGBT+


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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Suddenly, Last Summer Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1960 | 3 nominations including: Best Actress in a Leading Role

National Board of Review

1959 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Golden Globes (USA)

1960 | Winner: Best Actress - Drama

1960 | Nominee: Best Actress - Drama

David di Donatello Awards

1960 | Winner: Golden Plate

Critics reviews

The source material is among Williams’ most shocking: Sexual submission, cannibalism, and forced lobotomy are all integral to its plot. It’s almost inconceivable to think that a writer so fascinated with prurient subject matter could attract such A-list talent—and under the Hays’ Code no less—but such was Williams’ astonishing trajectory in the 1950s.
November 27, 2009
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