Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz • 1959 • United States, United Kingdom
Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift
Gay panic, incest, and a sprinkling of cannibalism: Tennessee Williams’s one-act southern-gothic shocker gets an appropriately lurid screen adaptation cowritten by Gore Vidal and Williams himself. Katharine Hepburn is deliciously perverse as a malevolent New Orleans matriarch trying to convince a brain surgeon (Montgomery Clift) to lobotomize her troubled niece (Elizabeth Taylor). But what long-buried traumatic memory is the girl suppressing?