Suddenly, Last Summer

Suddenly, Last Summer

DVD - 2000
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Beautiful Catherine Holly is committed to a mental institution after witnessing the horrible death of her cousin at the hands of cannibals. Her rich aunt tries to influence a young neurosurgeon to surgically end Catherine's haunting hallucinations. By utilizing injections of truth serum, the neurosurgeon discovers that Catherine's delusions are in fact true and must confront the rich aunt about her own involvement in her son's violent death.

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MonaLyssa33
Jul 18, 2018

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.

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paulaslibrarycard
Jul 12, 2018

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!

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Byond
Jun 25, 2018

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.

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1aa
Jun 03, 2018

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.

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ManMachine
Jul 24, 2016

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.

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Tono777
May 18, 2016

this movie is amazing I mean Elizabeth Taylor is great in thi movie.

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JackPurcell
Apr 24, 2015

Too bad! One heck of a cast to produce this turkey.

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Derringer
Mar 12, 2015

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.

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naturalist
Oct 25, 2014

Awards according to imdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053318/awards?ref_=tt_awd

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nontechmom
Oct 07, 2011

Overly dramatic, over acted and highly improbable. The Katherine Hepburn character was interesting and it's worth watching this movie for its historical value.

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