Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
is a 1958 American drama film
directed by Richard Brooks
film review; August 13, 1958, page 6.Harrison's Reports
film review; August 16, 1958, page 130. It is based on the Pulitzer Prize
-winning play of the same name
by Tennessee Williams
adapted by Richard Brooks and James Poe
. One of the top-ten box office hits of 1958, the film stars Elizabeth Taylor
, Paul Newman
and Burl Ives
Late one night, a drunken Brick Pollitt (Paul Newman
) is out trying to recapture his glory days of high school sports by leaping hurdles on a track field, dreaming about his glory moments as a youthful athlete. Unexpectedly, he falls, leaving him dependent on a crutch. Brick, along with his wife, Maggie "the Cat" (Elizabeth Taylor
), are seen the next day visiting his family in Mississippi
, waiting to celebrate Big Daddy's 65th birthday.
Depressed, Brick decides to spend his days inside drinking while resisting the affections of his wife, who taunts him about the inheritance of Big Daddy's wealth. Numerous allusions are made as to their tempestuous marriage--the most haunting of these are speculations as to why Maggie does not yet have children, while Brick's brother Gooper (Jack Carson
) and his wife (Madeleine Sherwood
) have a whole clan, many of which run around the "plantation" (as Big Daddy's estate is called) unsupervised and singing obnoxiously.
Big Daddy (Burl Ives
) and Big Mama (Judith......