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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Not Rated | | Drama | 20 September 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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Maggie Pollitt
... Brick Pollitt
... Big Daddy Pollitt
... Gooper Pollitt
... Big Momma Pollitt
... Mae Pollitt
... Dr. Baugh
... Deacon Davis
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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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All the sultry drama of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize winning Play is now on the screen! See more »

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20 September 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Katze auf dem heißen Blechdach  »

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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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(Perspecta Sound®) (Westrex Recording System)

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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ben Gazzara, who originated the role of Brick on Broadway, turned down the role for the film version. See more »

Goofs

When Maggie is driving Big Daddy to the house, the needle on the speedometer never moves past zero. 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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Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #9.22 (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Be a Sunbeam
(1900) (uncredited)
Composed by E.O. Excell
Sung by the children
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Makes you wish they gave Oscars for ensemble acting.
17 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

"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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