Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (DVD)

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Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman star in this classic drama based on Tennessee Williams' play. The film follows events which transpire one long, hot Southern evening when the family of plantation patriarch Big Daddy (Burl Ives) gathers in Mississippi to celebrate his 65th birthday, despite his ailing health. Both of the big man's sons are there for the party, but only one of them - lawyer Gooper (Jack Carson) - is keen to inherit the family fortune; the other, Brick (Newman), a former high school athlete who now drinks constantly and refuses to sleep with his wife Maggie (Taylor), couldn't care less. Nevertheless, Maggie would like to see some of the money, believing that it might offer some recompense for the coldness of her marriage, and Big Mama (Judith Anderson), the boys' mother, has always favoured Brick out of the two. As the night wears on, the temperature rises, skeletons emerge from closets, and the family tensions get closer and closer to breaking point.

Product Details

Barcode
7321900566179
Department
Movies & TV
Released
18 Jun 2001
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Modern Classic
Region
Region 2
Language
English, French, Italian
Studio
Warner Bros. Home Ent.
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
Runtime
103 min
Age Restriction
15
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Release Year
1958
Running Time
108 min
Categories
Dramas / Character Study / Essential Cinema / Family Interaction / Psychodrama / Recommended / Substance Abuse / Theatrical Release / Romance
Language
English
Ratings
IMDb
8.0
Rotten Tomatoes®
97% 93%
Metacritic
84
Synopsis
This is the classic cinematic version of Tennessee Williams's breathtaking play about a crazed southern family torn apart by greed. Larger-than-life patriarch Big Daddy (Burl Ives) lays dying, and the members of his brood clamor for the inheritance. Paul Newman is Brick, the alcoholic son struggling in the shadow of his powerful father, and Elizabeth Taylor is Maggie, Brick's lingerie-clad temptress of a wife who will do anything for the love of her cold husband. Brick's younger brother, Gooper (Jack Carson), and his wife, Mae (Madeleine Sherwood), strive for Big Daddy's approval, but even though they have children and a successful marriage, Big Daddy is dedicated to Brick, a former football star with his own personal demons. Tensions mount as the family is forced together under one roof, where secrets are revealed and relationships are lost and found. Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman's performances serve as cinematic icons; the heat and hatred between them ignites the screen, fueled by Tennessee Williams's insightful and brilliant dialogue.
Notes
Playwright Tennessee Williams so disliked the cleaned-up adaptation of his play that he told people in line waiting for the movie, "This movie will set the industry back fifty years! Go home!"

Presented originally on the stage by the Playwrights-Catinroof Company.

Elizabeth Taylor's husband, Mike Todd, was killed in a plane crash during the filming of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF.
Poster
Poster for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Cast & Crew
Director
Richard Brooks
Star
Judith Anderson / Jack Carson / Larry Gates / Burl Ives / Paul Newman / Madeleine Sherwood / Elizabeth Taylor / Vaughn Taylor
Co-Star
Zelda Cleaver / Brian Corcoran
Screenwriter
Richard Brooks / James Poe / Tennessee Williams
Source Writer
Tennessee Williams / Author: Tennessee Williams
Composer
Charles Wolcott
Producer
Lawrence Weingarten
Director of Photography
William Daniels / William H. Daniels
Editor
Ferris Webster
Production Designer
William A. Horning / Urie McCleary
Costume Designer
Helen Rose
Sound
Van Allen James
Movie Critics
Sight and Sound
"...Every exchange between Newman and Elizabeth Taylor is fraught with anger and sexual tension..."
Geoffrey Macnab (1 Sep 2001, p.58)
Total Film
"...The best Tennessee Williams adaptation yet, thanks mainly to a set of wonderfully atmospheric performances..."
Emma Rowley (1 Oct 2000, p.114)