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Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

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Richard Brooks

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Plot Summary

Thrilling performances by Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor and Burl Ives make this adaptation of Tennessee Williams's story about a wealthy plantation owner succumbing to cancer one of the most acclaimed movies in history.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 33
  • Fresh: 32
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: What a pack of trashy people these accomplished actors perform! – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: 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, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: An intense, important motion picture. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: 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, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Maggie the Cat..

One of the most sensual and visceral movies of all time. This is Elizabeth Taylor at her very best. Paul Newman is the perfect brooding foil to a yearning and desperate Maggie. The movie emits a sticky Southern heat paired with hot tempers, greed and a deep desire for human connection and understanding. This is the absolute ideal movie to watch on a hot summer night with a cool drink. Paul Newman radiates physical beauty throughout but portrays a painful image of a man denying his true feelings because of blatant pride and stubborness. You will note that Elizabeth's Maggie only makes one costume change throughout as the movie takes place over one day. Pay close attention to the scene where Paul Newman is in the bathroom, unable to resist Maggie's scent on her nightgown that hangs on the back of the door. It is these subtleties that make this movie worth watching. I highly reccomend it and consider it one of my personal top 10 movies never to miss.


This movie blew me away the first time I saw it. My parents liked it but I would never watch it. Fast forward a decade or two, nothing to watch on t.v., I sat down and watched it. Powerful stuff.

A bit hurt by Production Code changes

A phenomenal, classy production of a play that's really badly neutered due to the interference of the Production Code. The whole center of the plot ... why Brick and Maggie are estranged and why Brick is drinking himself to death ... is quite frankly rendered more than a little nonsensical. That said, this is an amazing ensemble cast. Burl Ives in particular, reprising his role from the Broadway production, is so good I wish he'd acted in films more often. Richard Brooks does not get much praise these days, but he was a fine director, especially at making literate films for adult audiences.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1958

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