Vivien Leigh, a faded, neurotic schoolteacher, takes a streetcar named desire in New Orleans and arrives at the shabby home of her sister, Kim Hunter, and the latter's coarse, earthy husband, Marlon Brando. Brando resents Vivien's fastidious behavior and her trunkful of finery while she is repelled by his bad manners and rowdy friends. But when she is attracted by Karl Malden, a shy factory-worker, Brando makes inquiries and learns about Vivien's unsavory past. He tells Malden and ruins Vivien's one chance to marry. While his wife is having a baby, Brando comes home drunk and tries to attack his sister-in-law. Vivien's mind is gone and she is taken away to an institution.
Vivien Leigh again portrays a southern belle in Tennessee Williams' vivid play of colorful New Orleans... Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Award for the best play... A heart-tugging story of frustrated, earthy humans... Elia Kazan re-creates his magnificent stage success based on Tennessee Williams' outstanding play. Warner Bros. 125 min.