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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1976)

The story of conflicts, power plays and secrets in a wealthy Mississippi family.


Robert Moore


Tennessee Williams (by)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Olivier ... Big Daddy
Maureen Stapleton ... Big Mama
Jack Hedley ... Gooper
Robert Wagner ... Brick
Mary Peach ... Mae
Natalie Wood ... Margaret
Heidi Rundt Heidi Rundt ... Dixie
Sean Saxon Sean Saxon ... Sonny
Mark B. Taylor Mark B. Taylor ... Buster (as Mark Taylor)
Elizabeth Caparros Elizabeth Caparros ... Trixie
Jennifer Hughes Jennifer Hughes ... Polly
Sam Mansary Sam Mansary ... Lacey
Gladys Taylor Gladys Taylor ... Daisy
Nadia Cattouse Nadia Cattouse ... Brightie (as Nadia Catouse)
George Harris ... Sookey


Brick, the son of a rich southern plantation owner, is drinking himself to death over some hidden pain. His wife Maggie is desperate to regain his love. Brick's father, known as Big Daddy, has returned from a clinic where he has gone for serious health issues, but has been told he has a clean bill of health. Brick's brother and his scheming wife have hopes of inheriting the huge plantation. Eventually a long conversation between Brick and his father bring out all the lies that have been tearing the family apart. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The original play "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" by Tennessee Williams opened at the Morosco Theater in New York City on March 24, 1955, ran for six hundred ninety-four performances and was nominated for the 1956 Tony Award for the Best Play. The play also won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1955. See more »


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a sizzling Southern saga
14 February 2010 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Natalie Wood was probably born for the role of Maggie the Cat, a frustrated woman trapped in a marriage to a drunk who doesn't want to face the reality of life. Playing her husband Brick, a former football player and commentator, is real-life husband Robert Wagner - and those who only know him from 'Hart to Hart' will be surprised by how good an actor he is here.

In a set which is strictly budget, but still gets across the claustrophobia of a Southern summer, Wood and Wagner spar with each other, and balance the slight overacting (and strange make-up) of Laurence Olivier as Big Daddy, the patriarch who doesn't realise his time is up.

All three are very good in this play and some areas which were excised from the better-known Taylor-Newman film return to the script, and the plot is all the better for it. But this is Natalie Wood's show, and she knows it. Still glamorous in middle-age, she purrs and plots to save her marriage and get one over her greedy, grasping in-laws, Gooper and May, and their 'no-neck monsters'.

Well worth watching and very enjoyable.

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Release Date:

6 December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La gata sobre el tejado de zinc See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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