Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  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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Complete credited cast:
Big Momma Pollitt
Madeleine Sherwood ...
Mae Pollitt
Larry Gates ...
Deacon Davis


The family of who is "affectionately" known as "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, 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 ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

20 September 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Katze auf dem heißen Blechdach  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Perspecta Sound®) (Westrex Recording System)



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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Montgomery Clift turned down the part of Brick. See more »


The way Maggie holds on to Brick changes three times when Maggie has locked the door to give them privacy. See more »


Margaret "Maggie" Pollitt: Maggie the cat is alive. I'm alive.
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Soothe My Lonely Heart
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Composed by Jeff Alexander
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Makes you wish they gave Oscars for ensemble acting.
17 August 1999 | by (London, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" is truly an actor's movie, and it is one of those rare films where every single actor is perfect.

Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor are both brilliant as Brick and Maggie Pollitt, respectively. Not very often is there a screen couple that have the same chemistry together that they do.

Newman, however, steals the show. If you watch "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" for nothing else, watch it for his performance. One of the greatest actors of all time, Newman showcases how powerful an actor he can be. This is not to say the supporting cast isn't excellent. Burl Ives is superb in a supporting role as Big Daddy, a man who's greatest concern is having his legacy live on after him. The sequence with Ives and Newman in the basement of the house remains one of the most incredible displays of acting I have ever seen.

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" is a very appropriate title. It is a searing, wonderfully acted film that I will not soon forget. I recommend those who haven't seen it yet to rent it as soon as they get a chance. A true classic.

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