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3,312 Ratings

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Directed by Mike Nichols
United States, 1966


Oscar-winning tale of an unhappy middle-aged couple who invite the husband’s young new associate and his naive wife over to their house for a night they’ll never forget. Based on the 1962 play by Edward Albee.

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Directed by Mike Nichols

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1967 | 5 wins including: Best Actress in a Leading Role

1967 | 8 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1967 | 2 wins including: Best Actress

BAFTA Awards

1967 | 3 wins including: Best Film from any Source

Directors Guild of America

1967 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Critics reviews

That last shot of Who’s Afraid…, where the camera tracks towards George and Martha, leaving their figures behind and focusing on the branches outside the window, is in my opinion, one of the greatest endings in film history.
April 05, 2018
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Nichols’s first feature is remembered mostly for its superlative leading performances, which went far past the stunt casting of the world’s best-known movie star couple embodying a pair of hateful, caterwauling drunks. But Virginia Woolf, shot with radical intimacy by Haskell Wexler, is more than just an example of uncharacteristically savvy, counterintuitive casting, and it’s also more than the sum of its shocks. It’s a tale of American discomfort and defeat, grim and unblinking.
April 22, 2013
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It’s been hailed by some critics as a daring adventure for Jack Warner a dazzling vindication of Elizabeth Taylor and still another directorial coup for Mike Nichols. The movie isn’t all that good, but it’s reasonably entertaining and effective within certain limitations, some evitable and some inevitable. Why Jack Warner should be applauded for bringing a Broadway hit to the screen is a bit beyond me.
July 28, 1966
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