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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof -- Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor and Burl Ives make this adaptation of Tennessee Williams's story about a plantation owner succumbing to cancer one of the most acclaimed movies in history.

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Director:
Writers:
Richard Brooks (screenplay) and
James Poe (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
20 September 1958 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Just one pillow on her bed ... and just one desire in her heart! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(7 articles)
Paul Newman Called Elizabeth Taylor 'a Helluva Actress'
 (From PEOPLE.com. 23 March 2011, 10:10 AM, PDT)

Elizabeth Taylor: 1932-2011
 (From IMDb News. 23 March 2011, 7:51 AM, PDT)

Revised Experience: 78 Appropriate Ways to Celebrate Elizabeth Taylor's Birthday
 (From FilmExperience. 27 February 2010, 1:00 PM, PST)

User Reviews:
Wonderful Williams - Brilliant Ives See more (139 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Elizabeth Taylor ... Maggie Pollitt

Paul Newman ... Brick Pollitt

Burl Ives ... Big Daddy Pollitt

Jack Carson ... Gooper Pollitt

Judith Anderson ... Big Momma Pollitt
Madeleine Sherwood ... Mae Pollitt
Larry Gates ... Dr. Baugh

Vaughn Taylor ... Deacon Davis
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zelda Cleaver ... Sookey (uncredited)
Brian Corcoran ... Boy (uncredited)
Hugh Corcoran ... Buster Pollitt (uncredited)
Patty Ann Gerrity ... Dixie Pollitt (uncredited)
Bobby Johnson ... Pollitt Groom (uncredited)
Walter Merrill ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Deborah Miller ... Trixie Pollitt (uncredited)
Robert 'Rusty' Stevens ... Sonny Pollitt (uncredited)
Vince Townsend ... Lacey (uncredited)
Jeane Wood ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Brooks 
 
Writing credits
Richard Brooks (screenplay) and
James Poe (screenplay)

Tennessee Williams (play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof")

Produced by
Lawrence Weingarten .... producer
 
Original Music by
Charles Wolcott (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (director of photography) (as William Daniels)
 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
 
Art Direction by
William A. Horning 
Urie McCleary 
 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace (set decorations)
Robert Priestley (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles
William Tuttle .... makeup
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Shanks .... assistant director
Hank Moonjean .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
Norwood A. Fenton .... sound (uncredited)
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Lee LeBlanc .... special effects
 
Stunts
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Johnson .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen Rose .... wardrobe: Elizabeth Taylor
 
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
 
Other crew
Marguerite Lamkin .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
108 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Perspecta Sound®) (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG | Chile:14 | Finland:K-12 | Finland:K-3 (2007) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Italy:16+ | Netherlands:AL | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Portugal:17 | Portugal:M/12 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:12A (re-rating) (2005) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) (1993) (1998) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (PCA #19046) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Trivia:
This film was originally to be filmed in black and white, as was the standard practice with "artistic" films in the 1950s. (Virtually all film adaptations of the plays of Tennessee Williams had been in B&W up to that time.) However, once Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor were cast in the leads, director Richard Brooks insisted on shooting in color, in deference to the public's well known enthusiasm for Taylor's violet and Newman's strikingly blue eyes.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the first scene of the film, when Brick is arranging the obstacles, his shadow is projected to the right side of the screen. After he approaches the car and drinks from the bottle, his shadow is projected to the left side.See more »
Quotes:
Margaret "Maggie" Pollitt:Stop that, ya little no-neck monster!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Prime (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Lost in a Summer NightSee more »

FAQ

What does the title mean?
Is "mendacity" a real word?
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79 out of 115 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful Williams - Brilliant Ives, 13 June 2004
Author: jacksflicks from Hollywood

Burl Ives gives the greatest portrayal of a literary character in film history, and he wasn't even recognized by an Oscar nomination, further evidence of the Academy's complete lack of credibility as an arbiter of screen excellence.

The casting is brilliant:

Tennessee Williams's Big Daddy was indeed big - larger than life, domineering, insensitive, self-absorbed. Burl Ives's Big Daddy is larger than life, insensitive, domineering, self-absorbed. Ives is "on" every moment. And every moment is true.

Paul Newman's Brick, is as afraid of life as Big Daddy is in love with it. Yet, in his way, he's a chip off the old block - self-absorbed, insensitive.

And domineering or, as Big Daddy and Maggie would have it, masterful, ready to take charge -

if he could just get over himself.

I confess, I don't care for Elizabeth Taylor as an actress, but she is so right for the part, that I can't think of anyone else to fill it. Anyway, who else has eyes that could compete with Newman's?

Judith Anderson plays the typical Williams matron, living in her house of delusions. She's Big Daddy's tormented, desperately lonely, unloved partner, who towards the end wins Big Daddy with her nobility and devotion.

The under-appreciated Jack Carter has the unenviable role of Brick's pliant, conformist brother, Gooper, decent at heart but worn out after years of jumping through Big Daddy's hoops and still winding up on the short end, with a house full of brats, bred at Big Daddy's presumed bidding and delivered by a scheming, ambitious weasel of a wife. Gooper the only character I have a little trouble with, because his climactic speech, as rendered by Carter, is so heartfelt, that we are aggrieved with him at the injustice of Big Daddy's favoritism for the no-account but aesthetically more pleasing Brick.

Perhaps an even more unenviable role is that of Gooper's wife, played to perfection by Madeleine Sherwood. Anyone who has grown up in the South has known "Sister Woman". I can assure those who haven't, that this character is not a stereotype or caricature.

There are a few quibbles. One character, the family doctor, though played well by Larry Gates, has a dramatic function that's about as useful as the referee in a pro wrestling match, but not nearly as decorative. I guess he's included to provide plot information, but I think it could have been provided just as well without him. I was also put off by the contrived thunder claps at dramatic moments. Then, there were some continuity problems, such as different facial expression when shot angles were changed and Gooper's too many "Shut ups" to Sister Woman.

If, as another reviewer has said, Tennessee Williams hated this film, then it couldn't have been because it was untrue to his work. If he disliked the changes and omissions, he should blame '50s prudishness, not the film, for dictating, say, the suppression of Brick's homosexuality.

Williams wrote about lies and delusions, the good ones and bad ones. Well, that's what Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Streetcar Named Desire and Glass Menagerie were all about. Tennessee Williams's stories about the South and its culture of delusion are not just rebukes of Southern hypocrisy and bloodymindedness but paeans to the gentle and genteel refuge which delusion provides. As Maggie "The Cat" says, "Truth, truth - everybody keeps hollerin' about the truth. Well, the truth is as dirty as lies."

Finally, I think it was brilliant of Richard Brooks to insist on color, for Williams's stuff is talky, and with the drabness of a typical Williams set, this can be a bit oppressive. With color, and the wonderful animation Brooks instills in all the characters, his Cat contains not a dull moment. If Brooks has given us something at odds with what Williams intended, I think he has given us something just as fine.

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