Psihološka drama o kasnovečernjem druženju dva bračna para koje završava gorkim verbalnim obračunom i mazohističkim vrijeđanjem proizašlim iz nesavladivih frustracija i skrivenih bračnih tajni starijeg para.
Novi profesor biologije Nick (George Segal) i njegova mlada supruga Honey (Sandy Dennis) svraćaju u kasnovečernju posjetu starijem bračnom paru, profesoru povijesti Georgeu (Richard Burton) i njegovoj provokativnoj ženi Marthi (Elizabeth Taylor), koja je kći dekana fakulteta. Ono što počinje kao ugodno čavrljanje uz čašicu alkohola pretvara se noćnu moru sastavljenu od verbalnog vrijeđanja i međusobnog optuživanja između Marthe i Georgea, pri čemu niti Nick i Honey ne ostaju pošteđeni u okrutnoj bitci riječima"
"You are cordially invited to George and Marthas for an evening of fun and games." Thus read the ad copy for Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf, which in 1966 went farther than any previous big-studio film in its use of profanity and sexual implication. George (Richard Burton) is an alcoholic college professor; Martha (Oscar-winner Elizabeth Taylor) is his virago of a wife. George and Martha know just how to push each others buttons, with George having a special advantage: he need only mention the couples son to send Martha into orbit. This evening, the couples guests are Nick (George Segal), a junior professor, and Honey (Sandy Dennis), Nicks child-like wife. After an evening of sadistic (and sometimes perversely hilarious) "fun and games," the truth about George and Marthas son comes to light. First staged on Broadway in 1962 with Uta Hagen and Arthur Hill, Edward Albees play was adapted for the screen by Ernest Lehman, who managed to retain virtually all of Albees scatological epithets (this was the first American film to feature the expletive "goddamn"). Lehman opened up the play by staging one of Georges speeches in the backyard, and by relocating the films second act to a roadside inn (he also added four lines."all bad," according to Albee). Thanks to the box-office clout of stars Taylor and Burton, not to mention the titilation factor of hearing all those naughty words on the big screen, Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf was a hit, and it won 5 Oscars, including awards for Taylor and Dennis, though it lost Best Picture to A Man for All Seasons. First-time director Mike Nichols lost the Oscar, but this movie gave him a perfect transition from his stage work and established him as a hot young Hollywood director, leading to his acclaimed (and Oscar-winning) work on his next movie, The Graduate. . Hal Erickson