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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Not Rated | | 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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All the sultry drama of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize winning 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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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$17,570,324

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,472,824
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(Perspecta Sound®) (Westrex Recording System)

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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Big Daddy Burl Ives was only one year older than Jack Carson, who plays his eldest son, and 16 years older than Paul Newman, who played his youngest. See more »

Goofs

After Brick and Big Daddy come up from the cellar, Big Mamma says to Gooper "Take these papers away before I tear them up. I don't know what's in them; I don't want to know what's in them." Big Daddy goes outside and talks to the folks fixing the light. As he approaches the door to come into the room where Gooper and Big Mamma are arguing, you can hear her say the line "Take these papers away before I tear them up. I don't know what's in them; I don't want to know what's in them." again. See more »

Quotes

Ida 'Big Momma' Pollitt: What's all this about?
Gooper Pollitt: Doc, Big Mama wants the whole truth about the report we got from the clinic today.
Margaret "Maggie" Pollitt: The truth, the truth! Everybody keeps hollering about the truth. Well, the truth is as dirty as lies!
Ida 'Big Momma' Pollitt: Is there something I don't know, Doc?
Dr. Baugh: Well, Ida...
Ida 'Big Momma' Pollitt: I want to know! Somebody must be lying! I want to know about my husand!
Dr. Baugh: He had the most thorough examination ever given at the Oppenheim clinic.
Gooper Pollitt: It's one of the best in the country.
Mae Pollitt: It's the best in the country, bar none.
Gooper Pollitt: They were ...
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Connections

Referenced in The Scarlett O'Hara War (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Theme from Cat On a Hot Tin Roof
(1958) (uncredited)
Composed by Charles Wolcott
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I will think of it fondly for the rest of my life.
6 January 2009 | by See 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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