Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
More About Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
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.
Main Cast & Crew
Richard Brooks - Director
Patty Ann Gerrity
- Format: DVD (Widescreen Deluxe Edition)
- Run Time: 108
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 012569698529
- Genre: Drama
- Rating: Not Rated
- Release Date: February 2000
This blistering adaptation of Tennessee Williams's hard-hitting play features fiery performances from Paul Newman, Burl Ives, and Elizabeth Taylor that have become cinematic icons (Ives's Big Daddy in acres of suit, Taylor's Maggie sprawled in her slip). A dying southern patriarch (Ives) surveys the prospects for his legacy in the hands of his sons, one a neurotic weakling (Jack Carson) and the other an alcoholic conniver (Newman), and finds them sorely lacking. The film glistens with remarkable ensemble cast performances highlighted by Tennessee Williams's searing dialogue.
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.
"...Every exchange between Newman and Elizabeth Taylor is fraught with anger and sexual tension..." - 09/01/2001 Sight and Sound, p.58
"...The best Tennessee Williams adaptation yet, thanks mainly to a set of wonderfully atmospheric performances..." - 10/01/2000 Total Film, p.114