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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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20 September 1958 (USA) See more »
Just one pillow on her bed ... and just one desire in her heart! See more »
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 »
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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  (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
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Johnson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen Rose .... wardrobe: Elizabeth Taylor's
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
Other crew
Reynold Brown .... movie poster art (uncredited)
Marguerite Lamkin .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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108 min
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Mono (Perspecta Sound®) (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG | 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 (MPAA rating: certificate #19046) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Tennessee Williams wrote the role of Big Daddy with Burl Ives in mind. Prior to the original stage production, Ives was known primarily as a folk singer, and many within the theatre community questioned Williams' decision. Ives won rave reviews in the role on both stage and screen, and went on to a long and prestigious acting career.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: After Doctor Baugh tells Brick the truth about Big Daddy, he leaves the scene from the balcony. However, near the last shot of the scene, you can see a shadow of a person walking behind on the balcony long after Doctor Baugh left the scene.See more »
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 ninety-nine percent sure before they even started.
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32 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Not for Williams purists but a great film, 2 October 2002
Author: budikavlan from Austin, Texas

Much has been made of the differences between Tennessee Williams' play and this film--the homoerotic themes have been driven further into subtext (though not eliminated entirely) and a more upbeat ending was added. The changes were necessary when the film was made; although theater and literary purists decry the "sanitizing" or censorship of plays when they are adapted for the screen, in some cases (such as this one) the changes can improve the work in question. "Cat" on film is clearer, for one thing. Tennessee Williams plays tend to be "cluttered" in their original form. They are also cynically downbeat; if that type of story appeals to one, this adaptation might be off-putting.

As with all theatrical adaptations, many of the scenes are excessively talky, especially the Brick/Big Daddy scenes in the second act. Some of the highlights are just as wordy but thoroughly enjoyable rather than tedious (especially Maggie's story about Mae's reign as Cotton Carnival Queen and the entire scene in the basement). All of the performances are excellent, though Paul Newman as Brick is less flashy; it's not really until the basement scene that one feels his talent is given a workout. Elizabeth Taylor is an emotional rollercoaster, venturing from flirtatious to hectoring to wheedling to calm to grasping to tender, often within a single scene, and yet she never slips the rails. Watching films from this period (her career peak), one wonders what happened to turn her into the vague, bleary-eyed woman we see today. Judith Anderson's Big Mama is loud, coarse, and bossy, but completely sympathetic both in the scene with the birthday cake and in the confrontation scene at the end. When Big Daddy invites her along with him at the end, it is every bit as welcome to the viewer as it is to her. Burl Ives is the most towering of all; the emotional growth in the film is as much his as it is Brick's. Jack Carson and Madeleine Sherwood are every bit as good despite being relegated to comic relief at times.

My favorite aspect of this story, however, is the social dynamic. Brick and Maggie are spoiled, young, "beautiful people" who have yet to take on any responsibility, while Gooper and Mae are the epitome of a serious young family. Brick is an alcoholic former football player, while Gooper is a corporate lawyer. Despite these obvious differences, however, both their parents and the audience (and Tennessee Williams, obviously) clearly prefer Brick and Maggie. Every aspect of Gooper and Mae's personalities, even those which bespeak traditional values, are portrayed as petty and unimaginative. Even if one believes that Gooper and Mae have done all the right things, they have done them for the wrong reasons. Thus the theme of the story is most clearly presented: all that is important is to love and to express that love.

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