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👇 You see below some of the commenters who think that the purpose of movies is to tell uplifting, feel-good stories with happy endings and likable characters you can admire. If that's your attitude, check out some "Touched by an Angel" episodes. But if you can stomach complicated stories that have downright unpleasant themes, and characters who aren't always someone you'd want to be like, then you might like "Suddenly." Two great performances by Hepburn and Taylor. Clift does what he can with his part. Tennessee Williams had about as many plays made into movies as Shakespeare, and this is one of the better ones.
Yeah, I'm not sure what I just watched. This is a bizarre movie. It's like a bunch of themes and story elements were drawn from a hat and put into a movie without any regard for logic and reason.
I'm pretty forgiving when it comes to Elizabeth Taylor, but why she chose to act in this movie is beyond me. Not that her acting wasn't good, but the whole movie was so dark and gritty. My friend came over to watch it and left half way through and then I forced myself to watch the rest of it....and it got worse!
Elizabeth Taylor is tied to the railroad tracks here, and her only hope is Montgomery Clift. He is a gifted surgical specialist; we see him confidently, though angrily, complete a lobotomy despite the failure of some illumination in the operating room.
It is a little queasy in the swampy atmosphere; the cards seem to be stacked against Elizabeth as an obviously mad Katherine Hepburn plots to have offensive portions of her brain removed. Elizabeth appears to sabotage herself repeatedly; her record suggests anti-social violence, even against herself.
At the same time, she's so darned pretty and vulnerable seeming. Not at all like the hundreds of inarticulate mad unwashed she very nearly falls into.
The Bible tells us that if your eye offends you, cut it out. Science appears ready to do that for you here.
This is a bit awkward to rate: much of the acting seems melodramatic and amateurish and there are far too many close-ups and cutbacks - but that was the style then. One has to restrain oneself from rolling one's eyes.
Back in 1959 - It's natural to see why the Hollywood big-wigs (who were pushing this picture) figured that they were sitting on a total gold mine here. With a stellar cast, headlined by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, and Montgomery Clift, this film was a guaranteed box-office bonanza. One couldn't possibly go wrong with this class of star-studded royalty in their film. They couldn't - or - Could they?
Had the Hays Code (film censorship) not been in effect for Suddenly Last Summer's release it's hard to determine how the finished product would have looked.
But, it sure seems to me that the whole premise of this picture was to continually skirt around, and around, and around (ho-hum), but never, ever reveal the deep, dark secret that led to the violent murder of the lecherous Sebastian character. This didn't come about until the absolute bitter end.... (Was anyone still awake at this point?)
When this "ghastly" revelation is finally exposed in the light of day it comes across as being nothing but a major disappointment. (But, of course, that's by today's standards)
Anyway - The Hays Code was inevitably abolished in 1960, opening the door for such films as "Psycho", "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", and, the likes, to be released without much censorship intervention.
Regardless of its big-name cast and its considerable-sized budget, I view Suddenly Last Summer as being the worst and most horrible-minded movies of all-time.
When it comes to movies that are deemed as strictly "adult" in their subject matter, I'm no prude, but, still, I consider this ugly-minded film, that generously mixes into its vicious, back-stabbing story elements of ruthless backmail, the threat of lobotomy to obliterate a dark secret, and the lecherous sexual molestation of naive, teenage boys by a smug, self-righteous homosexual man, to be completely distasteful and geared to a mentality that sinks even lower than that of gutter-level.
And all of this wrapped up with a nasty, sordid ending that offered not even the slightest inkling of an apology for the two hours of hell that it just put its viewers through. I can't remember the last time that any other movie left such a long-lasting, bad taste in my mouth that not even mouthwash could destroy.
Suddenly Last Summer was disgusting film-making.
Awards according to imdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053318/awards?ref_=tt_awd
Overly dramatic, over acted and highly improbable. The Katherine Hepburn character was interesting and it's worth watching this movie for its historical value.