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Year
1966
Runtime
131 min.
Director
Mike Nichols
Genre
Drama
Rating *
8.0
Votes *
61,919
Checks
12,499
Favs
1,308
Dislikes
99
Favs/checks
10.5% (1:10)
Favs/dislikes
13:1
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  1. Filmsthemostbeautifulart's avatar

    Filmsthemostbeautifulart

    A bitter aging couple, George (Burton) and Martha (Taylor), with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other.

    If I were to describe this film in a sentence, then it would be that it's a milestone in cinematic history, boasting powerful performances from the four actors. Shocking, intense, vulgar yet hauntingly beautiful, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf is an explosive game-of-wits thriller.

    The film has only four actors, takes place in a very few locations and that too in a single night. In the entire film, George and Taylor inflict verbal abuse at each other yet there is not a single moment that lets you go off. Their arguments, their silly petty games, their outlook towards sex still makes movie fanatics wonder how the hell "they" could have done it so realistically. The film repels us with it's disgusting allegory yet attracts us with how perfectly it's filmed. Kudos to Nichols' direction, Lehman's screenplay, the score, the beautiful black-and-white cinematography, the editing...

    Elizabeth Taylor, who was considered the most beautiful woman in the world that time, surprised many when she played the vulgar, frumpy, fifty year old Martha and had gained 13 kilos to play the role. She is the best in the entire ensemble and no doubt she won an Academy Award for her stunning performance.

    This is undoubtedly one of the best Drama films I have ever seen. A Highly Recommended classic. A new addition to one of my all time favorites.

    My Rating: 5/5
    9 years 1 month ago
  2. mi-16evil's avatar

    mi-16evil

    An absolutely stunning dance of dialogue. The acting is beyond perfect and some beautiful cinematography from the brilliant Haskell Wexler. I can definitely see how this was a major inspiration for Aaron Sorkin. 10 years 2 months ago
  3. Mr DeMille's avatar

    Mr DeMille

    One of the best acted movies. 11 years ago
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  1. This movie ranks #21 in BAFTA Award - Best Film
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  2. This movie ranks #49 in IMDb's 1960s Top 50
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  3. This movie ranks #59 in Akira Kurosawa's A Dream Is a Genius
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  4. This movie ranks #67 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies
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  5. This movie ranks #68 in Academy Award - Best Cinematography
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  6. This movie ranks #89 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions
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  7. This movie ranks #183 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  8. This movie ranks #258 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees
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  9. This movie ranks #282 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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  10. This movie ranks #434 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office
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  11. This movie ranks #453 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  12. This movie ranks #641 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
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  13. This movie ranks #677 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
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  14. This movie ranks #839 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
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  15. This movie ranks #971 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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  16. This movie ranks #973 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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  17. This movie ranks #1004 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
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