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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Not Rated | | Drama | 29 August 1958 (USA)
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.

Director:

Richard Brooks

Writers:

Richard Brooks (screenplay), James Poe (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

The family of "Big Daddy" Pollitt convenes at his and Big Momma's vast 28,000 acre East Mississippi plantation for his sixty-fifth birthday, although it may as well be for his funeral on the belief that he is dying. Despite his latest medical report being clean, in reality he truly does have terminal colon cancer, something the doctor only tells Big Daddy's two sons, Gooper Pollitt, a lawyer, and Brick Pollitt, who recently left his job as a sportscaster. Brooding Brick and his wife Maggie Pollitt, who have driven up from New Orleans for the occasion, are going through a long rough patch in their marriage. Brick wanted to split, but Maggie convinced him to stay married on the condition that she not pressure him for sex. In their troubles, Brick has turned to the bottle, leading to a drunken incident which has left Brick currently on crutches. Maggie believes Gooper and his wife Mae Pollitt are trying to orchestrate Brick out of Big Daddy's will. Brick and Maggie's saving grace is Big ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Just one pillow on her bed ... and just one desire in her heart! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Katze auf dem heißen Blechdach See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$17,570,324

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,472,824
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Avon Productions (II) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Perspecta Sound®) (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Elvis Presley turned down the role of Brick. See more »

Goofs

The "Southern accents" by almost every character are wildly inconsistent from scene to scene and from each other. 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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Lost in a Summer Night
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They sure can act!!
5 February 2006 | by IncalculacableSee all my reviews

Before seeing this movie, I was questioning if Elizabeth Taylor could actually act. After seeing this movie, I was truly impressed by not only Liz Taylor, but the whole cast. I love how everything folded out and it was quite realistic. I loved the story, the acting, the MAGNIFICENT script and the depth of the characters. They are played to perfection. I'm not really a drama sort of a person - I prefer cheery movies - but I loved this movie because it completely held my attention. Now I know what all the fuss is about - I understand why this is a classic. This movie will always stick in my brain because I can really relate to it. Great drama, but leaves you feeling good and satisfied.


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