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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.

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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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All the sultry drama of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize winning Play is now on the screen! See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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

Montgomery Clift turned down the part of Brick. See more »

Goofs

In the first scene of the film, when Brick is arranging the obstacles, his shadow is projected to the right side of the screen. After he approaches the car and drinks from the bottle, his shadow is projected to the left side. 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 Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
(1860) (uncredited)
Composed by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Played by the children on various instruments
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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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