Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

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Released 1958

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Director:
Richard Brooks
Released:
1958
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a 1958 film adaptation of the Pulitzer-Prize winning play by Tennessee Williams. The film is about Brick Pollitt (Paul Newman) and his struggling relationship with his wife Maggie (Elizabeth Taylor). Brick is a depressed, drunken, ex-athlete that is stuck in his past wishing he was still who he was as a young man. After injuring himself in a drunken night down memory lane, he and his wife must head to his father's, Big Daddy (Burl Ives), house for a 65th birthday party. It is here that Brick's frustrations with his life come to a head when he sees his moth (Judith Anderson) and his brother Gooper (Jack Carsen) with his wife and happy children. Brick's mother is constantly harassing Maggie about having a child while Brick is dealing with knowing his father has a terminal case of cancer and isn't allowed to tell him about it. But when Brick's father finally finds out of his medical condition he retreats to the basement where he and Brick bond over their passed lives and days of happiness and glory. The film is a turbulent journey into the relationships of marriage and family and ultimately ends on a note of hope and reconciliation.moreless

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  • 100

    The Observer (UK)

    Strongly scripted and deliciously acted, full of riveting confrontations as the emotionally intense events unfold. Though a feline Elizabeth Taylor overplays her role, Paul Newman ...

  • 90

    Time Out

    As so often with adaptations of Williams, it frequently errs on the side of overstatement and pretension, but still remains immensely enjoyable as a piece of cod-Freudian codswallop.

  • 50

    LarsenOnFilm Josh Larsen

    The performances are sweltering...This isn't a good thing. Yes, it's fitting for the setting – a humid, suffocating Louisiana mansion where the family of an ailing tycoon (Burl I...

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Drama, Science

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Animals, Pets & Nature, Love & Romance, Classics