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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1984)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 19 August 1984
An alcoholic and femme fatale face troubles before a family reunion.

Director:

Jack Hofsiss

Writer:

Tennessee Williams (play)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jessica Lange ... Maggie
Tommy Lee Jones ... Brick Pollitt
Rip Torn ... Big Daddy
Kim Stanley ... Big Mama
Penny Fuller ... Mae
David Dukes ... Gooper
Macon McCalman ... Reverend Tooker
Thomas Hill ... Doctor Baugh
Fran Bennett Fran Bennett ... Sookey
Ami Foster ... Polly
Jake Jundef Jake Jundef ... Buster
Neta Lee Noy Neta Lee Noy ... Sunnie (as Neta-Lee Noy)
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Storyline

Brick, the son of a rich southern plantation owner, is drinking himself to death over some hidden pain. His wife Maggie is desperate to regain his love. Brick's father, known as Big Daddy, has returned from a clinic where he has gone for serious health issues, but has been told he has a clean bill of health. Brick's brother and his scheming wife have hopes of inheriting the huge plantation. Eventually a long conversation between Brick and his father bring out all the lies that have been tearing the family apart. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Playhouse: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original play "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" by Tennessee Williams opened at the Morosco Theater in New York on March 24, 1955, ran for 694 performances and was nominated for the 1956 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Play. The play also won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1955. See more »

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Sometimes Brick can move around easily without his crutch. See more »

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Version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1976) See more »

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A truly fine version of the Williams original
24 February 2005 | by jhb-4See all my reviews

Hello from Joe Bonelli-- a native Mississippian and actor who performs as Tennessee Williams in a one-man show (not an "impersonator" gig). The one-star review of this "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" by a know-nothing here states that maybe that person doesn't understand or appreciate "over the top southern drama." You got it!! This version of the original Williams script, butchered by Hollywood in 1958-- good film, but NOT "Cat"-- is dead on. Tommy Lee Jones, a Texas native, is, in this version, the best Brick I've ever seen. This part is probably the most difficult male role in the Williams' canon and Tommy Lee pulls it off admirably. I like Jessical Lange very much but do not consider her quite right for this, for Blanche in "Streetcar" (which she also plays in a version that doesn't really work well) or Amanda in "Glass Menagerie" (which she is to play on Broadway in early 2005). Rip Torn and the late, lamented Kim Stanley are excellent in their roles and Williams-- who admired both immensely-- would, I believe, have approved. Now don't get me wrong-- there are some fine aspects to the Hollywood film and good performances all around (especially from the brilliant Burl Ives, recreating his Broadway original, and Madeline Sherwood as Sister Woman (Mae)-- ditto!) But the constraints of the Hollywood Production Code really hurt what could have been a true classic. By the way, Williams appreciated the performances of both Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman in the Hollywood bowdlerized version-- as do I. It would have been wonderful to see how these great stars/actors would have handled the original script. I suggest that the writer who doesn't "understand or appreciate over-the-top southern drama" stick to prettily-cast sanitized Hollywood adaptations of great plays and true-to-the-original films of them-- and pass on handing out uninformed opinions about the real thing. You don't have to like a play or a performance-- but you DO need to know something about it before you dismiss fine writing and acting.


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