Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

DVD - 2006
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A couple is invited to the home of a professor and his sharp-tongued wife, and are treated to verbal battles by their hosts.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2006].
Edition: Two-disc special ed., widescreen ed..
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (131 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,12 cm.

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1aa
Jun 08, 2019

An astonishingly powerful drama; so much of the drama comes from the ingenuity of destructiveness and humiliations that the main characters set for each other and their guests. Originally a play, the director and cinematographer worked well to make it into a good film.

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CurlyWhirly
May 18, 2019

Indeed, this is one of the worst films I have ever seen.

This steaming pile of yeck seems to go on for weeks, even though it takes place in one evening. It is the story (if you can call it that) of what must be the world's meanest couple getting plastered and acting like the biggest jerks in the world.

This is entertainment? The characters are all both hateful and stupid, not to mention exceedingly mean-spirited. I didn't see one single character in this entire film that was not in desperate need of serious psychiatric help.

After all the hype I had great expectations for this, but it is IMO one of the very worst films I have ever seen. You bet I'm scared of Virginia Woolf, I'll run like hell the next time I see it!

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akirakato
May 18, 2019

Directed by Mike Nichols in 1966 adapted from the play of the same name by Edward Albee, this American drama depicts the volatile marriage of a middle-aged couple.
The film adaptation differs slightly from the play, which has only four characters.
Despite these minor deviations, however, the film appears extremely faithful to the play.
So, I wonder, what's the point adapting the play into the film, which turns out to be nothing but talking back and forth.

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ManMachine
May 16, 2019

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, anyway.

IMO - 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."

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KSorensen62
Mar 13, 2019

This a must see film for any serious movie buff. I've seen it many times and am still amazed at the impeccable ensemble acting. Elizabeth Taylor is at her very best. Sandy Dennis is amazing. Richard Burton hits it out of the ball park. George Segal was never better.

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messala2
Aug 23, 2018

Pay no attention to that harridan Kathleen Turner, Elizabeth gives the performance of her career: the first time she shared the screen with her husband's scrutinizing and dramatic sensibilities. Yeah, they worked together in Cleopatra but he's schooling her throughout this film.

shokolit Jun 12, 2018

This film is an adaptation of a daring and very successful play from the 60s, and it does feel mostly like watching a play rather than a movie. It revolves mostly around dialogues between the 4 characters. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's performances in this film are intense and brilliant.

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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.

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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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