Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Elizabeth Taylor
Director: Mike Nichols Cast: Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
, Richard Burton
Richard Burton
, George Segal
George Segal
Mike Nichols

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"You are cordially invited to George and Martha's for an evening of fun and games." Thus read the ad copy for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, which in 1966 went farther than any previous big-studio film in its use of profanity and sexual implication. George (Richard Burton) is an alcoholic college professor; Martha (Oscar-winner Elizabeth Taylor) is his virago of a wife. George and Martha know just how to push each other's buttons, with George having a special advantage: he need only mention the couple's son to send Martha into orbit. This evening, the couple's guests are Nick (George Segal), a junior professor, and Honey (Sandy Dennis), Nick's child-like wife. After an evening of sadistic (and sometimes perversely hilarious) "fun and games," the truth about George and Martha's son comes to light. First staged on Broadway in 1962 with Uta Hagen and Arthur Hill, Edward Albee's play was adapted for the screen by Ernest Lehman, who managed to retain virtually all of Albee's scatological epithets (this was the first American film to feature the expletive "goddamn"). Lehman opened up the play by staging one of George's speeches in the backyard, and by relocating the film's second act to a roadside inn (he also added four lines--"all bad," according to Albee). Thanks to the box-office clout of stars Taylor and Burton, not to mention the titilation factor of hearing all those naughty words on the big screen, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf was a hit, and it won 5 Oscars, including awards for Taylor and Dennis, though it lost Best Picture to A Man for All Seasons. First-time director Mike Nichols lost the Oscar, but this movie gave him a perfect transition from his stage work and established him as a hot young Hollywood director, leading to his acclaimed (and Oscar-winning) work on his next movie, The Graduate.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2010
UPC: 0883929157877
Original Release: 1966
Rating: R
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time: 2:11:00
Sales rank: 5,810

Special Features

Closed Caption; Two Commentaries: 1- Directors Mike Nichols and Steven Soderbergh; 2 - Cinematographer Haskell Wexler

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
1. Moonlight Walk and Credits [3:51]
2. What a Dump! [4:05]
3. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? [6:02]
4. Early Sunday Guests [6:36]
5. Merely Exercising [5:11]
6. Someone's Birthday [4:10]
7. Boxing Match [5:22]
8. Potshot [3:08]
9. Our Son, Her Flop [6:52]
10. Up and Down [5:08]
11. Grandest Day [5:15]
12. Quicksand Warning [1:19]
13. Coming at Him [8:07]
14. Dancing at the Diner [3:39]
15. Get the Guests [5:40]
16. Total War [5:47]
17. Locked Out [5:51]
18. Death in the Family [3:09]
19. Sad, Sad, Sad [4:36]
20. Truth or Illusion [8:02]
21. One Last Game [6:11]
22. Excorcism Rite [3:13]
23. Requiescat in Pace [5:48]
24. Party's Over [6:12]
25. I Am [2:11]
26. Exit Music [3:33]

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