Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Drama | English | 132 minutes
George, a professor at a small New England college and his wife Martha, daughter of the college president, attend a party and become inebriated. At the party they meet a young couple: Nick, a biology professor and his wife Honey. Even though it’s 2:30 in the morning. Martha invites the couple to their home for drinks. Martha begins to lacerate George bringing up the death of their only son in a car accident. Nick confesses that he aims to “charm and sleep his way to the top,” and jokes Martha may be a good way to start. When Nick and Honey leave, it’s daybreak. George begins singing, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Martha replies, “I am, I am,” as she and George hold hands.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 96%
- Metacritic Score: 75
- Academy Awards: Winner, Best Actress (Elizabeth Taylor); Best Supporting Actress (Sandy Dennis); Nominated, Best Picture; Best Director (Mike Nichols); Best Actor (Richard Burton); Best Supporting Actor (George Segal)
- Golden Globe Awards: Nominated, Best Motion Picture – Drama; Best Actor Motion Picture – Drama (Richard Burton); Best Actress Motion Picture – Drama (Elizabeth Taylor); Best Supporting Actress Motion Picture – Drama (Sandy Dennis); Best Supporting Actor Motion Picture – Drama (George Segal)
- New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Winner, Best Actress (Elizabeth Taylor); Nominated, Best Film; Best Actor (Richard Burton)
- Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
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The screen has never held a more shattering and indelible drama than WHO’S AFRAID of VIRGINIA WOOLF? It’s a motion picture masterpiece.
WHO’S AFRAID of VIRGINIA WOOLF? is one of the most scathingly honest American films ever made.
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