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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Widescreen/Full Screen)
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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.
Rip Torn is excellent as "Big Daddy" delivering his lines with a wily humor that makes him more likable than perhaps his character should be. The reminder of the cast are able if not remarkable with Big Mama competing with Jessica Lange as having the most contrived performance on screen. I would have liked this film more if the sound quality had been better. It was simply horrible.
Although the play is about Brick's latent homosexuality and stubborn self-loathing. I feel that it is also really about "Maggie the Cat" and how Brick's sexual rejection of her leads not only to frustation but the risk of poverty to which she refuses to return. Her battle of wills over Big Daddy's inheritance with Gooper and his fertility monster wife May is at the core of the play. The play could be considered cruel towards women since Maggie the cat is portrayed as a bitchy harridan because of sexual neglect. She can not sexully compete with the homosexuality charged bond between her husband and his recently dead friend Skipper.
What rescues it from mocking the fertility linked sexuality of women is the fact that Big Daddy is so obviously embittered about his own life, inspite of having crawled his way out of the gutter into ostentacious wealth.Read more ›
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Great Liz Taylor movie.
Wonderful story of back biting family
unrequited love in a time it wasn't accepted
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
"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
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