Best Version of the 3 fillms
Having seen all three film versions (and a Broadway mounting with Blythe Danner and Aidan Quinn long ago), I can honestly say that this production surpassed the others. To me it was just dripping with humanity and truth, while the others felt like arch museum-pieces, authentic but lifeless and cold. I saw it on TV way back in 1984 and now, nearly 30 years later, still remember how mesmerizing the performances and the language were. This, and the Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton film version of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? are the two best movies-from-plays I've ever seen. And I've seen most of them. LOL.
I didn't know Ann-Margret much when I saw the movie. I just remembered her a little bit from Tommy and as an entertainer my parents kind of liked. But wow. What a performance. Just simply amazing. She made Blanche seem like she could actually exist and sound natural in that fantastical Williams prose. This production remains truly a must-see and it is such a horrible, shameful disappointment that it remains unavailable on DVD -- likely to fade into obscurity. What a pity.