Tuesday, November 19, 2013


1968 British Feature

Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Noël Coward, Joanna Shimkus, Michael Dunn, Romolo Valli, Fernando Piazza and Veronica Wells
Director: Joseph Losey
Writer: Tennessee Williams, based on his play The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore

Wealthy, terminally ill Flora 'Sissy' Goforth lives in a large mansion on a secluded Italian island; into her life comes a mysterious man who may or may not be her "Angel of Death".


  • Internet Movie Database: 5.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 8% / Audience: 52%

  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Tennessee Williams' play The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore (which Williams based on his short story Man Bring This Up Road) made its Broadway debut in 1963. Although the play was panned by the critics and shunned by audiences, Hermione Baddeley did get a Tony Award nomination for her performance. A revised production the following year, directed by Tony Richardson and starring Tallulah Bankhead and Tab Hunter, fared even worse: it closed after only five performances.
  • Casting Call: Sean Connery, James Fox and Topol.
  • The first mainstream British film to include the expletive "shit" in its dialogue.
  • Even Richard Burton thought that he and his then-wife Elizabeth Taylor were miscast in the film (he being too old for his role and Taylor too young for hers) and said that the roles were better suited for Robert Redford and Bette Davis.
  • Tennessee Williams stated that Boom! was the best film version of any of his plays that was ever produced. The rest of the world seemed not to agree, for the monumentally expensive production bombed at the box office.
  • A favorite of director John Waters, who describes the film as "beyond bad. It’s the other side of camp. It’s beautiful, atrocious and it’s perfect. It’s a perfect movie, really, and I never tire of it.”

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