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It sounds like perfect casting: Jessica Lange and Tommy Lee Jones do one of Tennessee Williams's most powerful works. But this filmed stage play doesn't quite fulfill the promise. Lange certainly has all the right ingredients: the sensual moves, the fluttering neuroses, the scheming-with-a-smile, but it doesn't quite ring true. It's as if the star and her director failed to make the full transition from stage acting to the smaller, more nuanced acting demands of film. Jones is badly miscast as Brick--the character is mopey and riven with insecurities, while Jones's forte is garrulous confidence. It feels like he's acting with a muzzle on. Rip Torn is terrific as Big Daddy (his scenes with Jones are the best in the piece) and the rest of the cast is all up to the game. Tennessee Williams reworked the script for this American Playhouse production, restoring some sexual frankness lost in earlier productions. The piece has some real fireworks, and not just in the places you might expect. Lange and Jones would team up again to better effect in the 1994 drama Blue Sky. --Geof Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great Liz Taylor movie.
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unrequited love in a time it wasn't accepted
This particular version of Tennessee William's production in dvd format took some time to find & when I spied it I immediately purchased it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Eddie Nguyen
We enjoyed the movie. It was everything we expected and great to watch on a big screen. We will probably watch it again some wintery evening.Published 24 months ago by Rosita MacDonald
I had this movie on VHS and I am trying to replace all my VHS movies with DVD versions. It was quite cheap to purchase and arrived soon after I ordered it. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2012 by Simba
Acting doesn't come any better than this. Newman and Taylor have such chemistry its unbelievable, and although the movie may drag in certain parts, overall it is a great character... Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2004 by D.W. Griffith
"Cat on a hot tin roof" is a play that was filmed in an effort to customize it to the silver screen. Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2003 by Eran Cohen