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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Approved | | Drama | 20 September 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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Storyline

The family of "Big Daddy" Pollitt convenes at his and Big Momma's vast 28,000 acre East Mississippi plantation for his sixty-fifth birthday, although it may as well be for his funeral on the belief that he is dying. Despite his latest medical report being clean, in reality he truly does have terminal colon cancer, something the doctor only tells Big Daddy's two sons, Gooper Pollitt, a lawyer, and Brick Pollitt, who recently left his job as a sportscaster. Brooding Brick and his wife Maggie Pollitt, who have driven up from New Orleans for the occasion, are going through a long rough patch in their marriage. Brick wanted to split, but Maggie convinced him to stay married on the condition that she not pressure him for sex. In their troubles, Brick has turned to the bottle, leading to a drunken incident which has left Brick currently on crutches. Maggie believes Gooper and his wife Mae Pollitt are trying to orchestrate Brick out of Big Daddy's will. Brick and Maggie's saving grace is Big ... Written by Huggo

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Every sultry moment of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize Play is now on the screen! See more »

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20 September 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Katze auf dem heißen Blechdach  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$17,570,324 (USA)
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(Perspecta Sound®) (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

James Dean was considered to play Brick, but died before production began. See more »

Goofs

When Big Momma questions Maggie regarding Brick's drinking, the way the glass is held and the amount in it change position. See more »

Quotes

Harvey 'Big Daddy' Pollitt: Why did you and Brick suddenly decide to drive up from New Orleans?
Margaret "Maggie" Pollitt: For your birthday, what else?
Harvey 'Big Daddy' Pollitt: I had a birthday last year and the year before that. Didn't see you then.
Margaret "Maggie" Pollitt: Well, you know how Brick is sometimes.
Harvey 'Big Daddy' Pollitt: Maybe he thought he'd be coming to my funeral, instead of my birthday.
Margaret "Maggie" Pollitt: But Brick loves you! He does!
Harvey 'Big Daddy' Pollitt: But does he love you?
Margaret "Maggie" Pollitt: What do you want, proof?
Harvey 'Big Daddy' Pollitt: If I was married to you three years, you'd have the living proof. You'd have three kids already and a fourth in the oven.
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Brilliant
30 May 2000 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" is quite brilliant. Even though it's an adaptation of a play it's never boring. Of course, it's impossible to make a film based on a play that isn't 'talky,' but Brooks has managed to make a film that is fascinating and interesting despite the theatrical feel. It helps that the cast is uniformly sensational! Elizabeth Taylor, Burl Ives, and -- especially -- Paul Newman. This film is not quite as good as another adaptation of a Tennessee Williams play, "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Elia Kazan, but it comes pretty close. (9/10)


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