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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Members of a Southern clan scramble to curry favor with a dying, wealthy patriarch in this adaptation of Tennessee Williams's sizzling stage drama.

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Summary

After Brick Pollitt (Paul Newman) injures himself while drunkenly revisiting his high school sports-star days, he and his tempestuous wife, Maggie (Elizabeth Taylor), visit his family's Mississippi plantation for the 65th birthday of his hot-tempered father, Big Daddy (Burl Ives). Cantankerous even with declining health, Big Daddy demands to know why Brick and Maggie haven't yet given him a grandchild, unlike Brick's brother Gooper (Jack Carson) and his fecund wife, Mae (Madeleine Sherwood).

Details

Director
Richard Brooks
Cast
Elizabeth TaylorPaul NewmanBurl IvesJudith AndersonJack CarsonMadeleine SherwoodVaughn TaylorLarry GatesZelda CleaverBrian CorcoranRobert 'Rusty' StevensHugh Corcoran
Genres
Drama, Romance
Country
USA
Available
Jun 1 2019
Duration
108min
Release Year
1958

Review

 

Superbly acted, and following the Kazan-inspired happy ending third act written as a rather reluctant postscript, rather than the original original, it is a photographed stage play and we remain outside, in the audience.

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