Suddenly, Last Summer Overview:

Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) was a Drama - Mystery Film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and produced by Sam Spiegel.

Academy Awards 1959 --- Ceremony Number 32 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActressKatharine HepburnNominated
Best ActressElizabeth TaylorNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Oliver Messel, William Kellner; Set Decoration: Scot SlimonNominated
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Mrs. Venable: Sebastian saw the face of God.


Dr. Cukrowicz: Mrs. Venable, loving your neice as you do, you must know there's great risk in this operation. Whenever you enter the brain with a foreign object...
Mrs. Venable: Yes.
Dr. Cukrowicz: Even a needle thin knife.
Mrs. Venable: Yes.
Dr. Cukrowicz: In the hands of the most skilled surgeon...
Mrs. Venable: Yes, yes.
Dr. Cukrowicz: There is a great deal of risk.
Mrs. Venable: But it does pacify them, I've read that, it quiets them down. It suddenly makes them peaceful.
Dr. Cukrowicz: Yes that that it does do, but...
Dr. Cukrowicz: But what?
Dr. Cukrowicz: Well it will be years before we know if the immediate benefits of the operation are lasting or maybe just passing or perhaps... there's a strong possibility that the patient will always be limited. Relieved of acute anxiety yes, but limited.
Mrs. Venable: But what a blessing Dr. to be just peaceful. To be just suddenly peaceful. After all that horror. After those nightmares. Just to be able to lift up their eyes to a sky not black with savage devouring birds.


Mrs. Venable: Oh, Sebastian, what a lovely summer it's been. Just the two of us. Sebastian and Violet. Violet and Sebastian. Just the way it's always going to be. Oh, we are lucky, my darling, to have one another and need no one else ever.


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Patricia Neal played the lead role to so much acclaim on the London stage she was sure she would be given the part in the film adaptation, even without her agent promoting her the job. She then woke up in shock to find Elizabeth Taylor had been assigned the role.
According to Mercedes McCambridge, she would ride to the London set of this film in the same car as Montgomery Clift. Clift always insisted that the driver stop by Wormwood Scrubs prison, so that Clift could scream out the car window at the convicts behind bars.
In the French post-synchronized version of the film, the actors are dubbed by: Claude Winter (Elizabeth Taylor), Claire Guibert (Katharine Hepburn), Bernard Noël (Montgomery Clift), Serge Nadaud (Albert Dekker), Claude Daltys (Mercedes McCambridge), Jean-Pierre Duclos (Gary Raymond), Lita Recio (Mavis Villiers), Hélène Tossy (Joan Young) and Michel Gudin (David Cameron).
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