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      Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

      Released Sep 18, 1958 1h 48m Drama List
      97% Tomatometer 39 Reviews 92% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings After Brick Pollitt (Paul Newman) injures himself while drunkenly revisiting his high school sports-star days, he and his tempestuous wife, Maggie (Elizabeth Taylor), visit his family's Mississippi plantation for the 65th birthday of his hot-tempered father, Big Daddy (Burl Ives). Cantankerous even with declining health, Big Daddy demands to know why Brick and Maggie haven't yet given him a grandchild, unlike Brick's brother Gooper (Jack Carson) and his fecund wife, Mae (Madeleine Sherwood). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor are at the height of their glamor and performing prowess in this feverish adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play, with a subtext of sexual repression providing an electric undercurrent.

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      Nell Minow Common Sense Media Classics-loving teens will appreciate family melodrama. Rated: 4/5 Dec 22, 2010 Full Review TIME Magazine A formaldehyded tabby that sits static while layer after layer of its skin is peeled off, life after life of its nine lives unsentimentally destroyed. Oct 1, 2008 Full Review Variety Staff Variety An intense, important motion picture. Apr 8, 2008 Full Review Moira Walsh The Catholic World The success of Cat On a Hot Tin Roof more probably rests on the straight-forward grounds that it is a strong, well-acted drama and more especially that its theme... has a tragic pertinence for many contemporary audiences. Aug 24, 2023 Full Review Keith Garlington Keith & the Movies Brimming with Southern personality, big but fitting performances, and a script with a bite, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” is as mesmerizing today as it was over 50 years ago. Rated: 4.5/5 Aug 19, 2022 Full Review Sue Heal Radio Times Tennessee Williams's overheated tale of familial strife in the Deep South comes alive in this atmospheric dramatisation - it's all steamy, fly-blown and shutters slammin'. Rated: 4/5 Sep 9, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member the movie builds and builds with the dialogue and excellent performances. nothing like it today Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/02/24 Full Review mg Paul Newman's great performance Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Diane B Two points for Liz Taylor at her peak and Two points for Paul Newman at his peak. And another point for the story because I hear it's a classic. Great film Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/13/22 Full Review Audience Member Either Elizabeth Taylor or Grace Kelly was the most beautiful woman to EVER walk this Earth, I couldn't argue with either choice. Liz positively smolders in this film, and she's the only reason to watch it. I'm told it's even more remarkable that she pulled this performance off since her husband had recently died in a plane crash. Paul Newman may or may NOT have been great in this but his character is such a loathsome individual it's hard to tell. Burl Ives is surprisingly good, although since he was best known as a singer, he may have been chosen for his outsized girth rather than his acting chops; Slim Pickins wasn't going to portray Big Daddy! Everyone else in the supporting cast is just annoying. Ten minutes into the movie I'm watching Liz undress in front of a disinterested husband and I'm screaming: "This guy is gay!" Word is that that aspect of the Tennessee Williams play was downplayed here due to the still active Hollywood Production Code, which cuts the heart out of this screenplay. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member A wonderful and intense film. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was an incredible film with the excellent acting from Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, and Burl Ives. Not only that, the costume designs were subtle and nuanced (especially for Elizabeth Taylor's character). Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is an extraordinary remarkable film that one will enjoy. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review adam b A powerful movie with a perfect cast and great direction. Great to see Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman and Burl Ives at the peak of their careers. One of the truly great movies of the 1950's. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis After Brick Pollitt (Paul Newman) injures himself while drunkenly revisiting his high school sports-star days, he and his tempestuous wife, Maggie (Elizabeth Taylor), visit his family's Mississippi plantation for the 65th birthday of his hot-tempered father, Big Daddy (Burl Ives). Cantankerous even with declining health, Big Daddy demands to know why Brick and Maggie haven't yet given him a grandchild, unlike Brick's brother Gooper (Jack Carson) and his fecund wife, Mae (Madeleine Sherwood).
      Director
      Richard Brooks
      Producer
      Lawrence Weingarten
      Screenwriter
      Richard Brooks, James Poe
      Distributor
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Production Co
      Metro Goldwyn Mayer
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 18, 1958, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 25, 2014
      Runtime
      1h 48m
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