Boom! (1968) - Rotten Tomatoes


Boom! (1968)



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In this widely-reviled version of Tennessee Williams' stage play The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, with an absurdist screenplay by Williams and tone-deaf direction by Joseph Losey, Elizabeth Taylor is Flora Goforth, a six-times divorced millionairess who is spending her summer holidays on a Mediterranean island to dictate her memoirs and to die. Arriving on the island is besotted poet Chris Flanders (Richard Burton), dubbed the "Angel of Death" by Flora's swishy Noel Coward-esque friend (Noel Coward) because of Chris's uncanny ability to hone in on rich, dying widows and reap financial boons from the terminally ill dowagers. Flora, nevertheless, ignores her friend's prescient wisdom and permits Chris to stay at her villa. As her health continues to fade, she becomes more and more attracted to "the Angel of Death."


Elizabeth Taylor
as Flora 'Sissy' Goforth
Richard Burton
as Chris Flanders
Noel Coward
as The Witch
Joanna Shimkus
as Miss Black
Veronica Wells
as Simonetta
Claudye Ettori
as Manicurist
Howard Taylor
as Journalist
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Critic Reviews for Boom!

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

This film makes it official: Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor have given up acting for entertaining. Or rather, trying to.

March 23, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Taylor's delineation of the lead role is off the mark.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

It gets Burton and Taylor, comfortably matched, making nonsense of theme and relationships, and giving monotonously unsubtle performances (she screeches, he glooms).

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Those things that in the earlier versions of the work had been metaphorically stylized, have been made stunningly literal in Boom!

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/5

There are different kinds of bad movies. Some are simply wretchedly bad, like well, you know. Others are bad but fascinating and Boom! is one of these.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

It's a bad movie, yes, but rarely has bad been so damned captivating.

June 19, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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