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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

 -  Drama  -  20 September 1958 (USA)
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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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The fifth Tennessee Williams play to reach the screen, wealthy Mississippi plantation owner Big Daddy Pollitt, unaware that he's dying of cancer and disturbed by the strained and childless marriage of his favored alcoholic son Brick and his other son, Gooper, whose wife is about to bring forth another in the endless line of little "no-neck monsters," celebrates his sixty-fifth birthday with his family. Brick's wife, Maggie, beautiful and desirable, tries unsuccessfully to coax her husband away from the bottle, while alternately enticing him and taunting him about his obsession with his deceased best friend and the guilt about their relationship. The seamy tensions reach a climax when the truth of Big Daddy's health is revealed, and he and Brick manage to resolve their differences. Written by alfiehitchie

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Just one pillow on her bed ... and just one desire in her heart! See more »

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20 September 1958 (USA)  »

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Die Katze auf dem heißen Blechdach  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Elizabeth Taylor proceeded with filming even though her husband Michael Todd was killed in a plane crash on the same day the film began shooting. See more »

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The enormous cake Big Momma brings into the bedroom - and continues to carry for the remainder of the scene - is clearly fake. Despite its size, she carries it with no effort and without it shifting on its platter. Later on, it is plain that the colored candles have nearly completely melted down, leaving streaks of wax all over the unchanged surface. See more »

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Margaret "Maggie" Pollitt: You're a drinker and i'm childless.
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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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