Boom!


1h 53m 1968

Brief Synopsis

A reclusive millionairess takes in a magnetic drifter with a thing for dying women.

Film Details

Also Known As
Goforth, Sunburst
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Drama
Adaptation
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 26 May 1968
Production Company
Moonlake Productions; World Film Service Productions
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore by Tennessee Williams (New York, 16 Jan 1963) and his short story "Man Bring This up Road" in Mademoiselle (Jul 1959).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 53m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Flora Goforth, a millionairess widowed six times, retires each summer to her private island in the Mediterranean. This summer, however, she learns that she is going to die and begins to dictate her memoirs to Blackie, her abused secretary. One day an aging poet, Chris Flanders, arrives on the island and is attacked by Mrs. Goforth's dwarf bodyguard and his pack of vicious dogs. Although Mrs. Goforth's friend, an epicene bachelor known as the Witch of Capri, tells her that Chris has been called the "Angel of Death" because of his frequent association with dying wealthy women, she tolerates the intruder and permits him to remain in one of the guest houses adjacent to her lavish villa. Alternately repelled and attracted by the poet, Mrs. Goforth begins to rely more and more on his presence as her health gradually wanes. Ultimately forced to accept the inevitable, she invites Chris into her bedroom and collapses. As he sits by her side and prepares her for death, Chris slowly removes her fortune in jewels. After she has died, he wanders out onto the terrace, pours himself a large snifter of brandy, drops a huge diamond into it, and lets the glass fall to the sea below.

Film Details

Also Known As
Goforth, Sunburst
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Drama
Adaptation
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 26 May 1968
Production Company
Moonlake Productions; World Film Service Productions
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore by Tennessee Williams (New York, 16 Jan 1963) and his short story "Man Bring This up Road" in Mademoiselle (Jul 1959).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 53m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Quotes

Hot sun, cool breeze, white horse on the sea, and a big shot of vitamin B in me!
- Flora 'Sissy' Goforth
Shit on your mother!
- Flora 'Sissy' Goforth
What's human or inhuman is not for human decision.
- Flora 'Sissy' Goforth
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan, a stately pleasure-dome decree. Where Alph, the sacred river, ran through caverns measureless to man down to a sunless sea.
- Chris Flanders
WhaaAAAT??
- Flora 'Sissy' Goforth

Trivia

Notes

Location scenes filmed in Sardinia. Opened in London in December 1968; running time: 113 min. Working titles: Sunburst and Goforth.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Spring May 1968

Released in United States August 1997

Shown at Locarno International Film Festival (50 Years of American Film) August 6-16, 1997.

Released in United States Spring May 1968

Released in United States August 1997 (Shown at Locarno International Film Festival (50 Years of American Film) August 6-16, 1997.)