Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Bilingual) [Import]
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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.
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Every character has three dimensions, and every line is perfectly written and delivered. Credit is needed for the original playright(although I am aware the plot was altered to please the strict critics of the time), who along with the screenplay writers are as important as the actors.
Speaking of actors, Liz Taylor, Burl Ives and Paul Newman were all flawless in their roles. They were human, and as a painting they were more real than reality. My opinions of the characters changed continually throughout the film. It was as if you were peeling away the skin layer by layer to find the truth. Annoyance turned into hate, hate turned into compassion.
The most important element of this film was feelings;emotions the players have, and have to deal with. As well as how you feel about them, and their situations.
Has so much tension, one can't cut it with a machete... Just another very dysfunctional family, which Tennessee Williams writes so brilliantly.
You have Maggie (the cat) The only character in the extended family who is 'Normal' The only one who seems to be keeping the family from killing one another. Liz, of course plays her beautifully, superbly, very sexy as 'The Cat'
(Brick) Paul Newman plays her husband...A drunk with many devils he needs to let out, such as why he will not sleep with Maggie, why won't he stop thinking about his foot-ball buddy who killed himself. The viewer will wonder if his has other preferences... Because who wouldn't sleep with (The Cat)??
Big Daddy...played by Burl Ives... The GOD of the family, the one with all the money, Power, the one who's dying. (Excellent performance)
(Goober) Brick's brother and his wife wait impatiently for Big Daddy's fortune. The wife is appalling enough to make one sick. Continually taunting Maggie about not having children, having a bad marriage, not controlling Brick. Her kids run around the house like little, foul animals.
This family is a disaster waiting to happen...The pressure cooker is on high, baby, and when she blows
Watch out...All hell will break loose all over the place.
They don't make um' like this anymore.
Yet we're not that far from the 50's when patriarchy was stronger, where there was a distinct double standard and only the men in the family were privy to important decisions--where women were sometimes measured by their ability to produce children, and where so many feelings were repressed and left unsaid.
This film works despite its apparent diversion from Williams' original play in avoiding certain sexual taboos. When watching it I could not understand the problem between Maggie and Brick and Skipper, a plot twist that takes a while to surface and isn't quite resolved, but now that I've read a few reviews here the meaning is plain. It's just another element of depth in an already deep story.
Burl Ives as Big Daddy puts on a fabulous performance as does Judith Anderson as Big Momma and Elizabeth Taylor as a beautiful Maggie. The names, like the characters, are slightly exaggerated for effect--an effect that works.
The film has so many wonderful lines, it's a pleasure just listening to the words--especially when delivered by such fine actors. A small sampling:
Big Daddy to alcoholic son Brick: "Truth is dreams that don't come true and nobody prints your name in the paper 'til you die."
Brick to Big Daddy (talking about Big Momma in a basement full of European artifacts): "You gave her things, Papa, not love.Read more ›
ELIZABETH TAYLOR? Got to hand it to her - she's magnificent as Maggie [a true Southern belle!], and knows just how to handle the impaired Paul Newman - also stellar as the doubting Brick.
The Young viewier must always bear in mind that during those times artistic expression was severely restricted - you had to find other ways to convey 'the message' instead of being graphic.
The newer versions are interesting - but this one set the ground rules - subtle and straight to the point! Odd note, even back then - this movie was 'age restricted'.
[Also with Burl Ives as the difinitive 'Big Daddy' with doyenne of American Theatre - Judith Anderson as'Big Mama']
Most recent customer reviews
Great Liz Taylor movie.
Wonderful story of back biting family
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 18 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 on Sept. 12 2013 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
Tennesee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" is a powerful play and here has been made into a powerful film. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2003 by abt1950
It's a curious thing that Hollywood often tackled subject matter that it was forbidden to show on the screen. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2003 by Nix Pix
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