The fifth Tennessee Williams play to reach the screen, wealthy Mississippi plantation owner Big Daddy Pollitt, unaware that he’s dying of cancer and disturbed by the strained and childless marriage of his favored alcoholic son Brick and his other son, Gooper, whose wife is about to bring forth another in the endless line of little “no-neck monsters,” celebrates his sixty-fifth birthday with his family. Brick’s wife, Maggie, beautiful and desirable, tries unsuccessfully to coax her husband away from the bottle, while alternately enticing him and taunting him about his obsession with his deceased best friend and the guilt about their relationship. The seamy tensions reach a climax when the truth of Big Daddy’s health is revealed, and he and Brick manage to resolve their differences. —IMDb
After attending Philadelphia’s Temple University, Richard Brooks (1912-1992) labored away as a sports reporter for the Atlantic City Press Union, the Philadelphia Record and the New York World-Telegram. Brooks joined New York radio station WNEW as a staff writer in the late 1930s, then moved on to the NBC network writing pool. After a season as director of New York’s Mill Pond Theatre, Brooks headed to Los Angeles, where he did some more radio writing and broke into films as a scripter of “B” pictures, Maria Montez epics and serials. Following two years’ wartime service with the Marines, Brooks published his first novel, an anti-intolerance effort titled The Brick Foxhole. Brooks was contractually unable to work on the screenplay adaptation of Brick Foxhole (released in 1947 as Crossfire), but found time to pen a brace of additional novels; he also co-wrote Brute Force (1947) and Key Largo (1948). In 1950, Brooks made his directorial debut with MGM’s Crisis, an offbeat political melodrama… read more
A família americana, diante do temível jogo da falsidade, é dissecada pela dramaturgia de Williams e ganha aqui uma versão excelente. Apoiada no texto e nas interpretações, "Gata..." tem como carro-chefe um jovem Newman como um 'filhinho de papai' perturbado e a bela Taylor como sua perseverante mulher. A partir da complicada relação dele com o pai, a história vai se abrindo em visões e versões da vida. Imperdível!
a slow, boring travesty...it could have been great, instead it's just another mediocre pastel-colored melodrama. i fell asleep before it ended...it's so incredibly hollow compared to the play. even sweet bird of youth is a better williams adaptation than this
"Williams grew up watching movies," writes Jose at the Film Experience. "He was one of the major playwrights who learned his craft not through