Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
This dynamic and commanding adaptation of Tennessee Williams' 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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"As so often with adaptations of Williams, it frequently errs on the side of overstatement and pretension, but still remains immensely enjoyable as a piece of cod-Freudian codswallop."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Classics-loving teens will appreciate family melodrama."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Director Brooks skilfully elicits the best from his performers and script with the result that there were Oscars nominations for all concerned."
‑ , Film4
"...the dialogue is so absorbing and the acting so intense, we hardly notice that 108 minutes go by or that there is a whole lot less to the plot than meets the eye."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"An intense, important motion picture."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"What a pack of trashy people these accomplished actors perform!"
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"It is a fine piece of acting by Paul Newman, the Southern gentlemen portraying his fragile and haunted character with an unparalleled amount of soul, which he had imbedded in many of his characters."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Richard Brooks' screen version of Tennessee Williams' play is compromised (no mention of homosexuality), but it's well directed and deftly acted by Paul Newman and Liz Taylor, both at their sexiest."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Still, this potentially over-scrubbed production kept enough of Williams' energy and poetic Americana intact, fleshing it up with an ensemble of career-imprinting performances and MGM production lavishness."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"Burl Ives and Judith Anderson are highly entertaining as the nightmare parents, Big Daddy and Big Mama, and Jack Carson has one of his last good roles as Newman's competitive older brother."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
" watching a melodrama in a sauna. It's just too much."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"The performances are the thing in this film version of the Tennessee Williams stage triumph, led by Ives, repeating his stage role like a force of nature."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A mousetrap with teeth that grip and a musky atmosphere of frustrated sex and milky desperation that serves as poisoned bait."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Bolstered by extraordinary performances, this tale's a summer sizzler."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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