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- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
One of the best movies ever. I could watch this one over and over....more info
- Cat On a Hot Tin Roof
This is a classic, worth keeping and watching again and again. I saw it first as a college student in the 1960s. In those days I was impressed by Liz Taylor, the cat, beautiful, and vicious. She made the college boys tremble with an awesome respect.
Nevertheless, it was Paul Newman's performance that stuck with me over the years, the mushy clay that became a brick. The openning scene in which the nostalgic fool broke his leg on the high hurdles made a lasting impression. Somehow, that was me. The fast talk and the angry, penetrating looks projected the image I wanted to imitate but never could. The hansome cripple, without a shirt, swinging on the bannisters, while shouting the blistering truth to the dumb founded family below, isn't that way we would all like to think of ourselves? Then, descending to the basement with his father, he becomes the true son. He loves the old man, while brushing aside the junk, collected over a life time.
At my present age I can finally admire the Oscar winning performance of Burl Ives. The rich old man had more heart than anyone recognized.
I guess I'll probably watch this movies another handfull of times before I die. It's a good movie when each time you watch it you see something new....more info
- Great googly moogly
Movies used to relay on scripts and acting and production rather than computer simulations to be good. This is just such a movie. It takes one back to a time when the players were the stars. And besides that...it's worth the price just to see Liz change her stockings. That's where the "great googly moogly" title comes from (<;...more info
- ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES I HAVE EVER SEEN
I had just seen this movie for the first time, and I probably played it 8 times before I had to take it back to the video store. This movie is a story about love and "so-called" betrayal. It leaves you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens in the end. It's a story that you'll want to see over and over again. Paul Newman is gorgeous in this movie! Elizabeth Taylor portrays so much class and elegance. I walked away wanting to be just like her. You have to see this movie. It actually has a plot that you can't figure out in the first 5 minutes of the movie....more info
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Great old Classic. The Stars are truly some of the tops of all times, great storyline...more info
- cat on a hot tin roof
Great performances by ET & PM. Hollywood cannot redo this movie because there are no current actors that can touch the performance given by this cast. Great movie!...more info
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
I ordered this shortly after Paul Newman's death. He was so georgous as was Elizabeth Taylor. This is a great Southern story with characters you wouldn't believe could exist unless you're from the South. I know some of these people!...more info
- The "Cat" entertains fiercely.
Riveting performances by these celebrated actors hold one throughout the movie. Much enjoyed the educational commentary by Tennessee Williams' biographer, Donald Spoto. The movie was especially enjoyable to me, as this was the very first New York City stage play that I saw - a memorable event in itself....more info
- Makes you sizzle!
The sexual frustration undertones in this movie will keep you riveted!
The chemistry between Taylor and Newman are amazing.
Set in a time in the south where everything was big.
I reccomend this film to anyone who loves going back in time
when movies had grit and a bite to them!
- Classic Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
Recently I saw an excellent theatre production of the play which rekindled my and a friends' interest in seeing the movie again. I had seen the movie many decades perviously, and still remembered the power of the screenplay and performances.
I was looking forward to the extra information provided on the dvd to provide some interesting background detail.
This is a classic!
We were not disappointed - our memories had not distorted the impact of the original screenplay and performances. The relevance and contemporary nature of the themes is enduring, and generates plenty of discussion and debate.
You just don't see movie acting like this anymore, and it was poignant to view with the very sad news of Paul Newman's death.
Highly recommended....more info
- Cat On A Hot Tim Roof
This is a total movie classic starring Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor. Everyone MUST see this movie. It's iconic in the move genre. A Must MUST MUST see....more info
- Powerful, though altered, version of the play
Tennessee William's play, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", was considered so controversial that its Broadway producers forced the playwright to alter the third act. Either in spite of or because of the changes, the play was a huge hit. Even with the changes, it had to be further watered down for Hollywood's 1958 movie version. Once more, it was a boxoffice smash. It went on to garner six Oscar nominations, including Best Actress for Elizabeth Taylor and Best Actor for Paul Newman. Despite the industry's timidity back then, the movie was a searing, powerful drama about a family in crisis. That it remains so to this day, despite massive changes in social values and mores over the years, is a credit to its brilliant cast and to its director, Richard Brooks.
Brick and Maggie [Newman and Taylor] have come to his father's big plantation in Mississippi to celebrate the old man's 65th birthday. Everyone calls him Big Daddy, and as portrayed by Burl Ives, he truly is a larger than life figure. Brick's brother, Gooper [Jack Carson], his wife, Mae [Madeleine Sherwood], and their five `little no-neck monsters" are also there. Big Daddy has just returned from several weeks at a clinic where he was treated for cancer. He thinks he is cured, but the doctors have lied to him. He's unlikely to see his next birthday. Rivalry and intrigue abound among the siblings and their families as everyone fights over who will take over the plantation. Brick has major problems of his own. The former star athlete drinks too much, refuses the advances and affection of the gorgeous and calculating Maggie because he blames her for his best friend's suicide, and is bitter about his father, who doesn't seem to love him or anyone else. Brick is also hobbling around on crutches, having recently tripped while trying to leap a hurdle one drunken night. Through all the bickering and fighting, his mother, Big Mama [Judith Anderson], tries desperately to hold onto whatever happiness and dignity the family still possesses. But a storm of confrontations is brewing, and she's powerless to stop it.
The `shocking' element that was changed was the revelation that Brick and his friend had been lovers and that Maggie's `crime' was her attempt to eliminate her rival. This was changed to the friend's killing himself because he was weak. I think when you know this, you can easily see what is going on underneath the surface between Brick and Maggie. It also makes the characters more understandable and believable. Their constant fighting makes more sense. The story becomes about more than greed, power, money and land. It becomes about the power of the human heart.
"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" is highly recommended, script changes notwithstanding....more info
- Always a treat!
Anyone who has no desire to watch two of America's finest actors at the height of their physical beauty is nothing more than a 'no neck monster.'
- Maggie the Cat
This movie is wonderful! Elizabeth Taylor is stunning as Maggie, the cat, and Paul Newman as Brick is great. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a great movie that at times will leave you laughing. Maggie loves Brick, but Brick cant forgive Maggie for something that happened in the past. Brick confines himself to the bedroom in his pajamas and always with booze in his glass. He's cold to the loving and sexy Maggie but she wont give up on them. Meanwhile Brick's father Big Daddy comes home from the hospital with a new leash on life so he thinks, and Brick's brother and his family are itching to get their hands on Big Daddy's fortune. This movie is one of my favorites and I highly recommend it....more info
- A "cat "is never "on a tin roof?"
I've seen this film a few times, but when I saw Paul Newman's review of the film in his remarks on Elizabeth Taylor, on TCM, I felt, as he did, that Ms. Taylor was a great actress and her performance was "right on". "Elizabeth is a true actress and survivor--while she made this film, her husband Mike Todd, died. We all tried to help her, but she said "the work is what keeps me going". She was a sheer delight to work with and 'one hell of an actress". When I saw this tribute to Ms. Taylor, I thought, what a great guy Newman is.
With his passing recently, 9/26/08, I found out he was a fantastic person. Has been with his wife, Joanne for 50 years, was an excellent actor and philanthropist--giving 120 million to charities thru his "newman's own" and "hole-in-the-wall camps for terminal children, 2 weeks before he died. As for this film, Taylor, Newman and Ives hold their own with a great script and director. They all should have received Oscars for their work. Enjoy a true classic masterpiece! ...more info
- "You know what I'm contemplatin'? Pleasure."
This is a powerful film full of great acting, built on the play of one of our greatest writers: Tennessee Williams. Even if you're not from the South and it's long past the 50's, the territory he covers is still relevant: old resentments between parent and child, between husband and wife, a woman's role, the feelings that surface when someone close is about to die, insecurity, feelings of worthlessness, greed, failed dreams, new understandings.
Yet we're not that far from the 50's when patriarchy was stronger, where there was a distinct double standard and only the men in the family were privy to important decisions--where women were sometimes measured by their ability to produce children, and where so many feelings were repressed and left unsaid.
This film works despite its apparent diversion from Williams' original play in avoiding certain sexual taboos. When watching it I could not understand the problem between Maggie and Brick and Skipper, a plot twist that takes a while to surface and isn't quite resolved, but now that I've read a few reviews here the meaning is plain. It's just another element of depth in an already deep story.
Burl Ives as Big Daddy puts on a fabulous performance as does Judith Anderson as Big Momma and Elizabeth Taylor as a beautiful Maggie. The names, like the characters, are slightly exaggerated for effect--an effect that works.
The film has so many wonderful lines, it's a pleasure just listening to the words--especially when delivered by such fine actors. A small sampling:
Big Daddy to alcoholic son Brick: "Truth is dreams that don't come true and nobody prints your name in the paper 'til you die."
Brick to Big Daddy (talking about Big Momma in a basement full of European artifacts): "You gave her things, Papa, not love."
Maggie (who's scared of losing Big Daddy's inheritance): "Outside of hunger, the first thing I remember is shame."
Big Daddy: "We're through with lies and liars in this house. Lock the door!"
And so some understandings some to pass. The film starts slowly but crescendos into a powerful ending. I recommend this film with great pleasure....more info
- Great Couple Movie
This movie is a classic. Great cast and the story line goes very fast. Mind you , the story is all in one day.
You'll love the bedroom converstations between Breck and Maggie. Your husband might enjoy this movie with you. Great date movie....more info
- Enough Mendacity to Sink A Ship
The first couple of paragraphs here have been used as introduction to other plays written by Tennessee Williams and reviewed in this space. This review applies to both the stage play and the film versions with differences noted as part of the review
Perhaps, as is the case with this reviewer, if you have come to the works of the excellent American playwright Tennessee Williams through adaptations of his plays to commercially distributed film you too will have missed some of the more controversial and intriguing aspects of his plays that had placed him at that time along with Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller as America's finest serious playwrights. Although some of the films have their own charms I want to address the written plays in this entry first (along with, when appropriate, commentary about Williams' extensive and detailed directing instructions).
That said, there are certain limitations for a political commentator like this reviewer on the works of Williams. Although his plays, at least his best and most well-known ones, take place in the steamy South or its environs, there is virtually no acknowledgement of the race question that dominated Southern life during the period of the plays; and, for that matter was beginning to dominate national life. Thus, although it is possible to pay homage to his work on its artistic merits, I am very, very tentative about giving fulsome praise to that work on its political merits. With that proviso Williams nevertheless has created a very modern stage on which to address social questions at the personal level, like homosexuality, incest and the dysfunctional family that only began to get addressed widely well after his ground-breaking work hit the stage.
"Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" is a prime example of the contradiction that a radical commentator is placed in. The themes of duplicity, latent homosexuality, adultery and dysfunctional families topped off by more than enough mendacity to sink a ship are the stuff of social drama that NEED to be addressed as outcomes in the modern capitalist cultural sphere. However, in the end nothing really gets resolved truthfully here. Old 1950's-style All-American boy Brick, the `great white hope' of the family, may or may not sober up after the `lost' of his dear friend and fellow football player, Skipper. Saucy and sexy wife Maggie (the cat) may or may not really get pregnant by Brick and save the family heritage for him, or die trying. The only certainty, despite all that above-mentioned mendacity, is that Big Daddy is going to die and that 28,000 acres of the finest land in the Delta is going to need new management, either Brick, brother Goober (along with his scheming wife and their `lovely brood' of children) or some upstart. Off of these possible outcomes, however, I would not get too worked up about the final outcome.
In the movie version, done in the 1950's as well, which starred the recently departed excellent actor Paul Newman as Brick and a fetching Elizabeth Taylor as Maggie the question of Brick's possible homosexual relationship with Skipper is far more muted than in the play. The implicit question seems to concern Brick's fading youth, his search for perfect meaning to life in Mississippi and that one's existential crisis can be eliminated by reliance on the bottle. The relationship between the dying Big Daddy and his ever suffering wife, Big Mama, is less dastardly than in the play as well. The scheming Goober and wife and family and those `lovely' children, however, run true to form. My sense of the movie, unlike the deeper issues of the play, is that a few therapy sessions would put old Brick back on the right track. The play was far less hopeful in that regard.
- Every line filled with tension, and the acting is wondeful!
This adaptation of a Tennessee Williams play was nominated for six academy awards in 1959. It stars Elizabeth Taylor as Maggie, rejected over and over by her alcoholic husband, Brick, played by Paul Newman. His father, Big Daddy, played by Burl Ives, has just returned to his Mississippi mansion after exploratory surgery. There's bitter rivalry in the family as they speculate about his death. Jack Carson plays the older son, who, with his pregnant wife, played by Madeline Sherwood and their five obnoxious children are determined to inherit Big Daddy's fortune. But Big Daddy despises him, as he does his own wife of 40 years, Big Mama, played by Judith Anderson.
As this film was originally a play, most of it is sharp and cutting dialogue, every line filled with tension and double meanings. Close-ups reveal the artistry of the actors, all of whom are excellent. I especially liked Burl Ives, whose performance called for a wide range of emotions, showing his vulnerability as well as his strength. And as the characters battled with each other, the story, which I understand was rewritten to fall within the guidelines of 1950s censors, slowly revealed itself. Some critics say this ruined this movie adaptation. I can't comment on that because I though the story was great. Most of the film takes place inside a house and there's almost no physical action. Not necessary. The dialog does it all. And it does it well. Recommended....more info
- taut, intense drama with unforgettable performances
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof showcases the magnificent talents of Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor; and look for Burl Ives to do a stunning performance as well. The plot moves along at a good pace and the cinematography is excellent. This is a movie with guts to it and it should be mandatory viewing for people who view film as a true art form!
When the action starts, a rather wealthy Southern family gathers ostensibly to celebrate the 65th birthday of its patriarch, Big Daddy Pollitt (Burl Ives). However, the real reason for the large family turnout is soon made very clear: Big Daddy is dying from cancer and the members of the family want to get control of his estate even before he dies. Big Daddy's son Brick (Paul Newman), an ex-football player who indulges is large dosages of self-pity and anger tantrums, plays Big Daddy's son. Big Daddy's other son, Cooper 'Gooper' Pollitt (Jack Carson) arrives at the "festivities" with papers drawn up to make sure he gets Big Daddy's estate instead of Brick and Brick's wife Maggie (Elizabeth Taylor).
Tensions are high from the very beginning. Brick's marriage to Maggie is clearly on the rocks; he shuns her and treats her rather cruelly. There are numerous vague inferences to the possibility that Brick's "friendship" with his late friend "Skipper" might have been of a romantic nature; and therefore Brick might not want Maggie simply because he doesn't like women. However, that is left to the viewer's imagination because at the time men being more than friends was in violation of the Hayes Code. In addition, Gooper and his wife Mae (Madeleine Sherwood) have enough kids to form an army and they are desperate to make sure that they, and not Brick and Maggie, inherit Big Daddy's fortune.
Questions arise almost from the start. Will Brick and Maggie ever be able to rescue their marriage--and will Brick and Big Daddy ever make peace, too? What about the fact that the family and the family doctor hiding from Big Daddy that he has terminal cancer--how will Big Daddy take this when he finds out? Will this influence Big Daddy to give his entire estate to one or the other of his two sons? Watch the film and find out answers to this and other questions!
The DVD comes with two extras of note: There is a roughly ten minute retrospective about the making of the film. It was very challenging for Elizabeth Taylor to do the film because they started shooting just before her husband Mike Todd died in a plane crash. I especially liked the comments made by Madeleine Sherwood; she brings extra light to the retrospective that the historians cannot give because she was on the set with Elizabeth Taylor and they were not. The second bonus is a commentary by Tennessee Williams historian Donald Spoto.
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof deserves to be an Amazon.com "essential video." This film features superb acting from Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman when they were still relatively early on in their careers. I highly recommend this film for fans of these actors and people who enjoy classic motion picture will cherish this DVD for years to come....more info
- This roof is mighty hot...
Reviewing `The Hustler' brought to mind the fact that I have as of yet to review `Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' and so I decided to go ahead and get this ball rolling. As I mentioned with `The Hustler', what impresses me most about the actor that was Paul Newman was his ability to compliment and support all of his co-stars. Sure, he was a force and an immediate attention grabber, but instead of being greedy for the limelight he always allowed his co-stars to soak up his natural charm and charisma. This paid off in spades, for the performances given by (especially) his leading ladies is almost always best in show.
In other words; Elizabeth Taylor is beyond marvelous in this movie.
The film tells the story of a very wealthy family, or at least a very wealthy patriarch named Harvey Pollitt, affectionately known as `Big Daddy'. It becomes known to Harvey's sons that he is close to death and so his boys Cooper and Brick make their way to their father's estate to celebrate his birthday and quarrel over his estate. Brick is a washed up football player who has drowned his sorrows in alcoholic and resorted to resenting his wife Maggie. Cooper is the responsible yet resentful son; the one who always tried the hardest yet fell short of daddy's expectations. His nagging wife Mae Flynn is determined to win over Big Daddy's heart and his money.
When word is given that Big Daddy may not be dying after all this causes a big stir in the family as tensions mount and Big Daddy himself decides to weigh in heavy on his two sons, their wives and their `issues'.
`Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' (a saying that refers to the predicament Maggie feels she has found herself) is taken from a stage play, and that may be my one and only complaint with this film. At times it carries a stiffness that only seems to come from stage-to-screen adaptations. It is minute and sparse, but to say it isn't there would be a bold-faced-lie. It doesn't take away much from the film, and it is not really worth mentioning, but I feel compelled to at least bring it out.
There is so much good here that the one sore spot becomes forgettable. The script is wonderful, truly engaging and deeply sincere. The development of relationships, especially between Maggie and Brick, is flawlessly crafted. Cooper and Mae Flynn feel like slight clich¨¦s, I have to be honest, but they help add layers to Brick, Maggie and even Big Daddy. There are few films that really grapple the realities of marriage with such blunt honesty, but the relationship between Brick and Maggie ("we occupy the same cage") is so pure I felt such a deep connection. The film broaches much more than marital relationships but approaches the subject of fatherly affection with candor and honesty. As Brick breaks down towards the end of the film we can see how the relationship between father and son is much more important than some give heed to.
The performances by the entire cast really raise the bar here as well. Newman and Ives are magnetic as they spar with one another, but it is Elizabeth Taylor who just dominates this film from start to finish. Her vulnerability and unwavering devotion is just effortlessly captivating. You bleed for her character and strive for her to find her happiness, one way or another.
Richard Brooks (who also directed the gloomier yet equally impressive `In Cold Blood') delivers a fantastic film that is very well crafted and marvelously fleshed out, giving the audience much to appreciate and adore. If you are looking for a tense family drama then look no further, for there are few as rewarding as this one....more info
- Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
Paul and Elizabeth at their best, Burl Ives too. The winey sister-in-law needs to be taken out and shot! Excellent movie, I've watched it, this copy and others at least a dozen times. They don't make movies like this any more. Thank God, "they" did when they made this and others of this type. Now if I could remember the movie with Paul and Geraldine Page of similar vintage, I'd buy it too. She is a fading movie star; Paul is her "love toy"....more info
- A study in human nature
An older movie on DVD but a good one with solid performances by all principle actors. Typical Tennessee Williams study in human nature. The DVD arrived in a timely manner and in the condition stated by the seller. I would purchase from this seller again....more info
- Passion upstairs
Nearly all of the passion here takes place upstairs in the bedroom occupied by troubled husband Brick and his fiery wife Maggie the Cat. But then Big Daddy is there too, and Brick has some other great scenes with him out in the pouring rain and then later in the basement as he tears it apart.
Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor both look fantastic here, and the dialogue crackles along with all the familial and interpersonal conflicts.
- I didn't hear that click yet
Paul Newman was a true classic. In the old days, leading men were like old cars: dependable. Paul Newman did a lot of films, but Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a personal favorite of mine.
The movie opens at a wealthy plantation in Mississippi. There's a big celebration; Harvey "Big Daddy" Pollitt returns home to celebrate his 65th birthday. His son Brick (Paul Newman) is married to Margaret "Maggie the Cat" Pollitt (Elizabeth Taylor). Brick was once a college football star before he tore a leg muscle. Now, all he has are memories, a busted ankle, a drinking habit, and a crutch.
Big daddy (Burl Ives) is a big man with a ravenous appetite for food, pleasure, and fat cigars. He built up his wealth the hard way. Every scrap on his dinner table was raised on his land. He took a swamp and turned it into a pasture. But now he needs to see his son Brick. They don't speak to each other. And Big Daddy can't understand why Brick and his gorgeous wife, Margaret, don't have any kids. They've been married for three years. Margaret's a firm shapely woman and Big Daddy's not shy about his feelings. If he had been married to Margaret for three years, she'd have three kids already plus one in the oven.
Brick sulks in his room all day. He won't celebrate with the rest of the family; he won't break his neck like everybody else to see Big Daddy. He rejects Margaret's advances. They have an arrangement--she sleeps on the bed, and he sleeps on the sofa. He doesn't want anything to do with anybody. He has his coke and bourbon to keep him company. And he has his crutch to lean on.
Lately, Big Daddy's been a bit under the weather. The family doctor told Big Daddy that he was OK; actually, Big Daddy is dying. But before he dies he will straighten out Brick. They need to get things out in the open. With death imminent, Big Daddy's passions have turned in a different direction: pleasure and making up with his son, Brick. They have a showdown. Big Daddy snatches away Brick's crutch: lies. Past lies. The lies he drowns in alcohol. An ex teammate named Skipper was the only person Brick believed in. Brick thought he could trust Skipper with anything in the world...Brick was wrong.
Richard Brooks (Key Largo, Brute Force) adapted this 1958 film from Tennessee William's play. Burl Ives holds his own with Newman. Elizabeth Taylor is absolutely delicious. See this movie.
author of Gotta Be Down!...more info