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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Paul Newman
Director: Richard Brooks Cast: Paul Newman
Paul Newman
, Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
, Burl Ives
Burl Ives
Richard Brooks
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Paul Newman
Director: Richard Brooks Cast: Paul Newman
Paul Newman
, Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
, Burl Ives
Burl Ives
Richard Brooks

Blu-ray (Wide Screen)

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The dynamic and commanding adaptation of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, focuses on a troubled Southern family and the discord over their dying father's millions. Wealthy plantation owner Big Daddy Pollitt (Burl Ives), celebrating his 65th birthday, is visited by his sons, Brick (Paul Newman) and Gooper (Jack Carson). He has cancer, but a doctor has deliberately and falsely declared it in remission. Seemingly perfect son Gooper and his wife Mae (Madeleine Sherwood) have several children and are anxiously expecting to inherit Daddy's millions. By contrast, Big Daddy's "favorite," Brick, is a has-been football star who's taken to drinking his days away since the suicide of his "best friend" a year earlier. He resents his wife, Maggie (Elizabeth Taylor), because he believes that she had an affair with his deceased friend. As a result, he refuses to sleep with her although she remains devoted to him. Since Brick and Maggie have failed to produce any grandchildren, Big Daddy is inclined to leave his estate to Gooper, but Maggie attempts to prevent that by telling him that she is pregnant. Big Daddy knows better, yet he recognizes that Maggie loves Brick so much that she would be willing to do anything for him. Although Brick is self-destructive and resentful, unable to come to terms with his losses, it takes Big Daddy's recognition of his own mortality to make Brick change his perspective. Brick's struggle with his sexual identity, and the nature of his relationship with his "friend," had to be toned down for mass consumption, although this intelligently written and acted film covers such topics as infertility, adultery, and alcoholism that were still considered taboo in the 1950's. Newman brings depth and feeling to the role as Brick, while Taylor succeeds brilliantly in portraying Maggie as a passionate and understanding woman despite her own real-life emotional turmoil over the death of her husband at the time, producer Mike Todd.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/09/2016
UPC: 0888574379438
Original Release: 1958
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:48:00
Sales rank: 17,675

Special Features

Commentary by Biographer Donald Spoto, Author of The Kindness of Strangers: The Life of Tennessee Williams; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Playing Cat and Mouse Featurette; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Brick Pollitt
Elizabeth Taylor Maggie Pollitt
Burl Ives Big Daddy Pollitt
Jack Carson Gooper Pollitt
Judith Anderson Big Mama Pollitt
Madeleine Sherwood Mae Pollitt
Larry Gates Dr.Baugh
Vaughn Taylor Deacon Davis
Patty Ann Gerrity Dixie Pollitt
Rusty Stevens Sonny Pollitt
Hugh Corcoran Buster Pollitt
Deborah Miller Trixie Pollitt
Brian Corcoran Boy Pollitt
Vince Townsend Lacey
Zelda Cleaver Sookey
Jeane Wood Party Guest
Mildred Dunnock Actor
Bobby Johnson Groom
Tony Merrill Party Guest

Technical Credits
Richard Brooks Director,Screenwriter
Lee Le Blanc Special Effects
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
William Horning Art Director
Urie McCleary Art Director
Wesley C. Miller Sound/Sound Designer
James Poe Screenwriter
Robert Priestley Set Decoration/Design
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
William Shanks Asst. Director
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Ferris Webster Editor
Lawrence Weingarten Producer

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