Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ()

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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... See more »

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Maggie Pollitt
Brick Pollitt
Big Daddy Pollitt
Gooper Pollitt
Big Momma Pollitt
Mae Pollitt
Dr. Baugh
Deacon Davis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zelda Cleaver ...
Sookey (uncredited)
Brian Corcoran ...
Boy (uncredited)
Hugh Corcoran ...
Buster Pollitt (uncredited)
Child (uncredited)
Dixie Pollitt (uncredited)
Bobby Johnson ...
Pollitt Groom (uncredited)
Walter Merrill ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Deborah Miller ...
Trixie Pollitt (uncredited)
Sonny Pollitt (uncredited)
Vince Townsend ...
Lacey (uncredited)
Jeane Wood ...
Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by

Richard Brooks

Written by

Richard Brooks ... (screenplay) and
James Poe ... (screenplay)
Tennessee Williams ... (play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof")

Produced by

Lawrence Weingarten ... producer

Music by

Charles Wolcott ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

William H. Daniels ... director of photography (as William Daniels)

Film Editing by

Ferris Webster

Editorial Department

Charles K. Hagedon ... color consultant

Casting By

Maude Spector ... (uncredited)

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) / 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


Dean Smith ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Bill Johnson ... camera operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Helen Rose ... wardrobe: Elizabeth Taylor

Other crew

Reynold Brown ... movie poster art (uncredited)
Marguerite Lamkin ... dialogue coach (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 Daddy has greater affinity for them than Gooper and Mae. Maggie is beautiful and Brick was a star athlete, specifically in football and track. As Gooper and Mae have a sixth child on the way, Maggie also believes they could combat anything Gooper and Mae could do by having a child of their own. In his current state, Brick has contempt for everyone and everything around him, which includes Big Daddy's money. All Brick and Maggie's problems seem to center on their respective relationships with Brick's high school friend and football partner, Skipper, and events in their lives just prior to Skipper's death. What happens not only with Brick and Maggie but the entire Pollitt family may depend on if Brick can reconcile himself with his life, much of which is currently in Big Daddy's house, including Maggie. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Just one pillow on her bed ... and just one desire in her heart! See more »
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Also Known As
  • La chatte sur un toit brûlant (France)
  • Die Katze auf dem heißen Blechdach (Germany)
  • La gata sobre el tejado de zinc (Spain)
  • Katt på hett plåttak (Finland, Swedish title)
  • Ghetta ala saghf men safih sakhen (Egypt, Arabic title)
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  • 108 min
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Box Office

Budget $3,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $25,472,824

Did You Know?

Trivia Elizabeth Taylor proceeded with filming, even though her husband Mike Todd was killed in a plane crash on the same day the film began shooting. See more »
Goofs When Doc Baugh comes upstairs to tell Brick about Big Daddy's real condition, he examines Brick's leg and discusses football with him. In the course of that conversation, Brick alludes to a game played against "Bama State", meaning Alabama State. Bama State (Alabama State) is a historically black university in Montgomery. During the 1950s, Brick's college (presumably Ole Miss) would not have been allowed to play a historically black college. The choice of "Bama State" by the writers was a factual mistake, in that such a game could not have occurred under any circumstances in that era. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Hollywood: The Dream Factory (1972). See more »
Soundtracks Lost in a Summer Night See more »
Quotes Harvey 'Big Daddy' Pollitt: I've got the guts to die. What I want to know is, have you got the guts to live?
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