Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (DVD)

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Product Details

Barcode
5051892226219
Department
Movies & TV
Released
18 Jun 2001
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Drama
Region
Region 2
Year
1958
Language
English
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Release Year
1958
Running Time
108 min
Language
English
Categories
Dramas / Character Study / Essential Cinema / Family Interaction / Psychodrama / Recommended / Substance Abuse / Theatrical Release
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
Screenwriter
Richard Brooks / James Poe
Source Writer
Tennessee Williams / Author: Tennessee Williams
Producer
Lawrence Weingarten
Director of Photography
William Daniels
Editor
Ferris Webster
Production Designer
William A. Horning / Urie McCleary
Costume Designer
Helen Rose
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)