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Boom! (1968)

Boom (original title)
PG | | Drama, Thriller | 26 May 1968 (USA)
Explores the confrontation between the woman who has everything, including emptiness, and a penniless poet who has nothing but the ability to fill a wealthy woman's needs.

Director:

Joseph Losey

Writers:

Tennessee Williams (screenplay), Tennessee Williams (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Flora 'Sissy' Goforth
Richard Burton ... Chris Flanders
Noël Coward ... The Witch of Capri (as Noel Coward)
Joanna Shimkus ... Miss Black
Michael Dunn ... Rudi
Romolo Valli ... Dr. Luilo
Fernando Piazza Fernando Piazza ... Etti
Veronica Wells Veronica Wells ... Simonetta
Howard Taylor Howard Taylor ... Journalist
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Movie version of playwright Tennessee Williams' "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore" involves very wealthy Flora "Sissy" Goforth (Dame Elizabeth Taylor), supposedly dying, and living in a large mansion on a secluded island with her servants and nurses. Into her life comes a mysterious man, Christopher Flanders, a.k.a. "Angelo Del Morte" (Richard) and The Witch of Capri (Noël Coward). The mysterious man may or may not be "The Angel of Death". Written by alfiehitchie

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She outlived six rich men! See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

26 May 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boom! See more »

Filming Locations:

Capo Caccia, Sardinia, Italy See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Despite the Broadway failures of the 1963 play "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore" and its revival in 1964, it was thought that Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Tennessee Williams were an irresistible combination, after the success of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) and Suddenly, Last Summer (1959), both of which won Taylor Oscar nominations as Best Actress. As it turned out, they weren't. See more »

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All of Chris' belongings are in a couple of duffel bags thrown into ocean, yet when the bags are unpacked upon arriving at island, there is no water damage to either his address book or a book of poetry. See more »

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Flora 'Sissy' Goforth: Ah, the insincere sympathy of the faraway stars.
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Referenced in Multiple Maniacs (1970) See more »

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Music by John Dankworth
Lyrics by Don Black
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The sound of a film imploding
6 April 2016 | by federovskySee all my reviews

Adaptated by Tennessee Williams from "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore", he obviously pulled in a few of his old friends to get this done. It's a gender-bending allegory with Liz Taylor as rich, dying Sissy Goforth, a bad-tempered recluse in her remarkable clifftop Mediterranean villa. Along comes Dick Burton, a freeloader-cum-Grim Reaper figure who sees it as his mission to help ladies in extremis.

Neither of them are right for their roles, but that only adds a certain fascination - a totally earnest rendition would be dull and pretentious. Taylor lets rip here and it's a riot. The highlight is her dinner with Noel Coward playing a role originally meant for a woman. She is wearing an utterly outrageous kabuki outfit while Coward camps it up like there's no tomorrow, which is no doubt the film's theme.

The script is full of naff psychology, Taylor is shrill and unpleasant, Burton looks like he's on vacation. With this set-up, Losey hasn't the slightest chance of delivering his usual sophisticated, simmering subtlety, and maybe that was fortuitous - this is so godawful it's brilliant.


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