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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof -- Thrilling performances by Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, and Burl Ivesmake this adaptation of Tennessee Williams' story about a wealthyplantation owner succumbing to cancer...

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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 »
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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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(8 articles)
Tennessee Williams Movie in the Works at Broad Green
 (From Variety - Film News. 12 November 2015, 9:13 AM, PST)

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)

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I will think of it fondly for the rest of my life. See more (141 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 stylist
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
Reynold Brown .... movie poster art (uncredited)
Marguerite Lamkin .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
108 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Perspecta Sound®) (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:A (original rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG | Finland:K-12 | Finland:K-3 (2007) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Italy:VM16 | 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 (MPAA rating: certificate #19046) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1955.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Maggie is arriving at the birthday party, she is assaulted by her niece who throws ice cream at Maggie's legs. Maggie scoops up a teaspoonful of the mess from her legs, with the intent of smearing it in the child's face. When she reaches the child, the tiny amount of ice cream she holds has grown to considerably more than a pint.See more »
Quotes:
Brick Pollitt:A family crisis brings out the best and the worst in every member of the family.
Gooper Pollitt:That's the truth.
Margaret "Maggie" Pollitt:Amen.
Mae Pollitt:You want to talk about the truth? You're not pregnant!
Gooper Pollitt:Keep still, Mae.
Mae Pollitt:She's making it up!
Gooper Pollitt:I said shut up.
Mae Pollitt:Don't you try to kid us, Maggie!
Brick Pollitt:Mae, she's not kidding you.
Mae Pollitt:How can she be pregnant by you when you won't even...
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16 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
I will think of it fondly for the rest of my life., 6 January 2009
Author: Elswet from .: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.

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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