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Director:
Writers:
Richard Brooks (screen play) and
James Poe (screen play) ...
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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:
A powerful Burl Ives livens up a simple story See more (138 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 (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 
 
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's
 
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
 
Other crew
Marguerite Lamkin .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
108 min
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Color:
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:
The references to homosexuality in the original play were removed from the screenplay to comply with the Hollywood Production Code.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:
Margaret "Maggie" Pollitt:You know what I feel like? I feel all the time like a cat on a hot tin roof.
Brick Pollitt:Then jump off the roof, Maggie. Jump off it. Cats jump off roofs and land uninjured. Do it. Jump.
Margaret "Maggie" Pollitt:Jump where? Into what?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Veep: Andrew (#2.6)" (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Lost in a Summer NightSee more »

FAQ

How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
Is "mendacity" a real word?
How closely does the movie follow the play?
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A powerful Burl Ives livens up a simple story, 19 December 2009
Author: hall895 from New Jersey

The best thing Cat on a Hot Tin Roof has going for it is one truly remarkable acting performance. And that performance comes from neither Elizabeth Taylor nor Paul Newman. There's nothing wrong with the work turned in by Taylor and Newman, they are both perfectly fine in their roles. And it is their characters who are the focus for most of the film. But late on in the proceedings Burl Ives grabs hold of the film and makes it his own. Ives turns in a performance which is so strong and powerful that it threatens to overshadow and overwhelm everything else in the film. However it is rather difficult to overshadow Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. And the film's rather simple story is certainly compelling enough so as not to be overwhelmed by the Ives tour de force near the end. So while Ives may end up being the most memorable thing the film has to offer he is certainly not the only memorable thing. His great performance is merely the best part of what is an overall thoroughly satisfying film.

The film's simple story centers around a day in the life of a wealthy Southern family. With this family the key word is "mendacity". What does that even mean? Any of our characters who initially don't know about mendacity surely will by the time the story plays itself out. As we meet them everyone has come together to celebrate the 65th birthday of family patriarch Big Daddy. Initially it seems the film is about Big Daddy's son Brick and his wife Maggie the Cat. Brick and Maggie are not currently in the throes of wedded bliss. To say their relationship is strained would be putting it mildly. The fact that alcohol seems to be the only thing in life Brick is at all interested in probably does not help matters. But as the film progresses we see there is a larger issue than Brick and Maggie's troubled marriage. Big Daddy is dying. And nobody, not his family and not his doctors, has the guts to tell him. This will ultimately play itself out in powerful, heartrending fashion.

For much of the film's running time you would call it compelling but certainly not spectacular. But then Ives, as Big Daddy, grabs the film by its throat and shakes some real life into it. There's a scene where Ives as Big Daddy and Newman as Brick are alone in a basement which simply could not have been performed any better. There's so much these characters have to say to one another. The emotion is raw and the scene is so powerful. It hits you right in the heart. Just this one scene alone, with these two great actors, elevates the film all by itself. Newman is terrific. Ives is astounding. Perhaps it is in fact possible to overshadow Elizabeth Taylor. Maybe just this once. Maggie the Cat is an intriguing character in her own right and Taylor certainly doesn't disappoint in the role. But it turns out that ultimately the film is really about the relationship between Brick and his father, not Brick and his wife. And as such it is Newman, and most especially Ives, who you will most remember. It is their work which transforms a good movie into something truly memorable.

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