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Director:
Writers:
Richard Brooks (screen play) and
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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 3 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:
Makes you wish they gave Oscars for ensemble acting. See more (134 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)
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Directed by
Richard Brooks 
 
Writing credits
Richard Brooks (screen play) and
James Poe (screen play)

Tennessee Williams (based on the play: "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" by)

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 (film editor)
 
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's
 
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 (video rating) | UK:12A (re-rating) (2005) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (PCA #19046) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Trivia:
Playwright Tennessee Williams so disliked this adaptation that he told people in the queue "This movie will set the industry back 50 years. Go home!"See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Despite the fact that merely stepping on his broken leg causes Brick to collapse, he is able to stand on both feet while he is smashing up the cellar.See more »
Quotes:
Harvey 'Big Daddy' Pollitt:Grown-ups don't hang up on their friends! And they don't hang up on their wives and they don't hang up on life! That's the truth and that's what you can't face!
Brick Pollitt:Can you face the truth?
Harvey 'Big Daddy' Pollitt:Try me.
Brick Pollitt:Sure, somebody else's truth.
Harvey 'Big Daddy' Pollitt:So you're running again?
Brick Pollitt:Yeah, I am! Running from lies like birthday congratulations and many happy returns when there won't be any!
[pause]
Harvey 'Big Daddy' Pollitt:What did you say?
Brick Pollitt:Forget it.
Harvey 'Big Daddy' Pollitt:Won't be any happy returns?
[...]
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Soundtrack:
For He's a Jolly Good FellowSee more »

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33 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Makes you wish they gave Oscars for ensemble acting., 17 August 1999
Author: Kevin Marshall (marshall@gtn.net) from London, Canada

"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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