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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Not Rated | | Drama | 29 August 1958 (USA)
Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.

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Richard Brooks

Writers:

Richard Brooks (screenplay), James Poe (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Maggie Pollitt
Paul Newman ... Brick Pollitt
Burl Ives ... Big Daddy Pollitt
Jack Carson ... Gooper Pollitt
Judith Anderson ... Big Momma Pollitt
Madeleine Sherwood ... Mae Pollitt
Larry Gates ... Dr. Baugh
Vaughn Taylor ... Deacon Davis
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Storyline

The family of "Big Daddy" Pollitt convenes at his and Big Momma's. Among the attendees is alcoholic son, Brick; an ex-football player, who spends his time drinking and avoiding the ministries of his libidinous wife, Maggie - 'the cat'. As this gathering isn't so much as a gathering but a farewell (Big Daddy is terminally ill) a lot of memories and revelations which had been hidden come to the surface of both father and son. Written by Huggo

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All the sultry drama of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize winning Play is now on the screen! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Katze auf dem heißen Blechdach See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Avon Productions (II) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Perspecta Sound®) (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After the sudden death of her husband, Elizabeth Taylor developed a severe stutter when speaking normally. However, when she spoke on-screen in the southern accent of Maggie, it had, luckily, abated. See more »

Goofs

When Brick asks Maggie if she would live alone, he is at the bar putting ice in his glass, which disappears and reappears several times. See more »

Quotes

Ida 'Big Momma' Pollitt: I don't like locked doors in my house.
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Connections

Referenced in The Last Picture Show: A Look Back (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Skina Marinka
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Adapted by Marguerite Lamkin
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I will think of it fondly for the rest of my life.
6 January 2009 | by ElswetSee all my reviews

This is a fantastic look into a dysfunctional American family, 1950's Style. I was prepared to hate this movie, as I typically don't get into dramas at all. Fortunately, I was completely drawn in. Paul Newman's character (Brick) is enigmatic at best, but somehow, because Maggie the Cat loves him so much and is so utterly devoted to him, you find yourself caring about what happens to him and Maggie both.

Big Daddy and Big Mama both bring back fond memories of my own childhood, and if you grew up in the south, chances are you knew someone like the both of them. Their characters are written and performed so typically Southern, that I realized half way through I felt family connections with the whole family, including the no-neck monsters! Sister Girl is the sister in law from Hades, and her husband needs to dig into her purse for his...manhood. We ALL know a couple like that!

All in all? Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, and Burl Ives are breathtakingly beautiful in their portrayals. This is probably not a good family movie, as Brick has a serious drinking problem and Maggie IS so desperate for his affections, and probably not a good Friday/Saturday night movie, but I still love it, and will think of it fondly for the rest of my life.

It rates an 8.8/10 from...

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