in about 100 words or less
USA 131m, B&W
Director: Mike Nichols; Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is a demanding film that provides a barrage of caustic and quick-witted dialogue adapted from the play of the same name. The film stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as husband and wife, who verbally take out their personal frustrations on a young professor and his mousey wife who come to visit them late one evening. Over the course of visit, which lasts the entire night, Burton and Taylor give tremendous performances as an extremely unhappy couple who live out a delusional life that is fueled by alcohol and which is perpetuated by his lack of success in academia, and their inability to have children. Although the plot is minimalistic and the characters are highly unlikable, the excellent writing and outstanding performances demand and deserve your utmost attention (Klaus Ming December 2009).