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3.9
1,895 Ratings

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Directed by Richard Brooks
United States, 1958
Drama

Synopsis

Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Directed by Richard Brooks

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1959 | 6 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1958 | Winner: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

1959 | 3 nominations including: Best Film from any Source

Directors Guild of America

1959 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Critics reviews

It’s more a filmed play than an imaginative work of cinema. At times, the dialogue seems too explicit. Still, the film is sufficiently and eloquently true to the original, despite a concluding reconciliation scene between Brick and Big Daddy that contains more than a touch of the pedestrian and the sentimental. Still, in Brooks’s adaptation, Williams’s belief in the difficulties and the need for human connection in a loveless, hypocritical, emotionally impoverished world powerfully resonates.
December 12, 2016
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In turns melancholic, insightful and ferociously witty, fuelled by willful boozing and necessary lies, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a quintessential Tennessee Williams drama, and the author’s personal favorite… Though the film shies away from the homosexuality in the original play, inverting the ending, the performances, including the bearish Burl Ives as declining patriarch Big Daddy, are truly definitive.
October 01, 2014
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