Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

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  • Genre(s): Romance Drama
  • Release year: 1958
  • Running time: 108 min
Future Academy Award winners Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman star in this screen adaptation of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The raw emotions and crackling dialogue rumble like a thunderstorm in this film... read more
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Future Academy Award winners Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman star in this screen adaptation of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The raw emotions and crackling dialogue rumble like a thunderstorm in this film version whose fiery performances and grown-up themes made it one of 1958's top box-office hits, while receiving six Oscar nominations (including "Best Picture"). As the family of a wealthy Southern patriarch (Burl Ives) learns that he is dying of cancer, lies and secrets surface that threaten to rip the family apart. One self-seeking son (Jack Carson) claims to love his father, while favorite son and troubled ex-sports hero Brick (Newman), drinks, won't have sex with the beautiful wife (Taylor) who adores him, and refuses to honestly confront the reason why. "I'm not living with you," Maggie snaps at Brick. "We occupy the same cage, that's all." Newman earned his first Oscar nomination, while Taylor snagged her second. Her Maggie the Cat is a vivid portrait of passionate loyalty, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a film that sizzles.

Original Release

02/17/1958

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Cast

Elizabeth Taylor Maggie Pollitt
Paul Newman Brick Pollitt
Burl Ives Big Daddy Pollitt
Judith Anderson Big Momma Pollitt
Jack Carson Gooper Pollitt
Madeleine Sherwood Mae Pollitt
Vaughn Taylor Deacon Davis
Larry Gates Dr. Baugh
Zelda Cleaver Sookey
Brian Corcoran Boy
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Richard Brooks

Writers

Richard Brooks, James Poe, Tennessee Williams

Cast

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

Producers

Editors

Ferris Webster

1959 Oscar Best Picture Nominated
1959 Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
1959 Oscar Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
1959 Oscar Best Director Nominated
1959 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Nominated
1959 Oscar Best Cinematography, Color Nominated
1959 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
1959 Golden Globe Best Director Nominated
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