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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Widescreen/Full Screen)

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  • Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives, Jack Carson, Judith Anderson
  • Directors: Richard Brooks
  • Writers: Richard Brooks, James Poe, Tennessee Williams
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: Sept. 19 2000
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004T32L
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,133 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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This particular version of Tennessee William's production in dvd format took some time to find & when I spied it I immediately purchased it. Jessica Lange is marvelous as well as the rest of the cast. In my view this production surpasses the Liz Taylor one because you really can feel the heat in that house & the heat between characters.
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"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" is a spectacular visual masterpiece about the human spirit.
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.
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"Cat on the Hot Tin Roof"
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.
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In this 1984 production of "Cat On Hot Tin Roof" the play is allowed to retains some of Tennessee Williams original acerbic script. Yet some how lacks the intensity of the 1950's version. Perhaps because Jessica Lange, lacks sensuality and delivers her lines in a unconvincing high pitched Southern screech. She is both painful and irritating to watch because her acting skills are so mediocre. Beside her Tommy Lee Jones is totally convincing as the profoundly closeted ,grieving, and drunken former football hero Brick. ...
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.
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By A Customer on Oct. 6 2000
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This has got to be the best adaptation of a play I have ever seen. I was a five year old kid watching this when it first came out on Showtime! I loved it then, and now I love it even more and fully understand it! Lange has never been so sexy nor great. Besides being the best actress in the world, her performance in here really displays her dramatic talents. Jones was born to play Brick and he does a great job. The settings in this version are so well designed and set-up it makes you wonder if they are in a REAL plantation home! And the rest of the cast, particularly the wonderful Torn, do an outstanding job. Besides the scenes between Jones and Torn being overly long and you find yourself missing Lange's prescence, this is a high recommendation.
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