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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1976)

The story of conflicts, power plays and secrets in a wealthy Mississippi family.

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Robert Moore

Writer:

Tennessee Williams (by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Olivier ... Big Daddy
Maureen Stapleton ... Big Mama
Jack Hedley ... Gooper
Robert Wagner ... Brick
Mary Peach ... Mae
Natalie Wood ... Margaret
Heidi Rundt Heidi Rundt ... Dixie
Sean Saxon Sean Saxon ... Sonny
Mark B. Taylor Mark B. Taylor ... Buster (as Mark Taylor)
Elizabeth Caparros Elizabeth Caparros ... Trixie
Jennifer Hughes Jennifer Hughes ... Polly
Sam Mansary Sam Mansary ... Lacey
Gladys Taylor Gladys Taylor ... Daisy
Nadia Cattouse Nadia Cattouse ... Brightie (as Nadia Catouse)
George Harris ... Sookey
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Brick, the son of a rich southern plantation owner, is drinking himself to death over some hidden pain. His wife Maggie is desperate to regain his love. Brick's father, known as Big Daddy, has returned from a clinic where he has gone for serious health issues, but has been told he has a clean bill of health. Brick's brother and his scheming wife have hopes of inheriting the huge plantation. Eventually a long conversation between Brick and his father bring out all the lies that have been tearing the family apart. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1976 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La gata sobre el tejado de zinc See more »

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Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original play "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" by Tennessee Williams opened at the Morosco Theater in New York City on March 24, 1955, ran for six hundred ninety-four performances and was nominated for the 1956 Tony Award for the Best Play. The play also won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1955. See more »

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Natalie Wood triumphs
14 June 2004 | by OrdinaryfoolisNJSee all my reviews

Natalie Wood and Elizabeth Taylor had one thing in common -- beauty and a delectable innate sexiness. So it makes sense that both would tackle Tennesse Williams Maggie the Cat, in "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof."

In this version of "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof," its clear that the characters of Brick and Maggie the Cat are older. But, that makes the drama just that much more believable and interesting. They've put on a few years, which enhances the desperation of all the characters to achieve their goals and needs.

Maggie will not allow herself and Brick to miss out on the financial safety net that gives her a sense of peace. Brick, is even more on the edge from burying his feelings about his dead school friend and former football teammate, whom he probably held an unacceptable sexual attraction for.

The heart of this presentation is Natalie Wood's incredible portrayal of Maggie the Cat. She brings a sensuality to the part that makes the audience believe that she will triumph in her endeavors. Against all odds. And these odds are great in this unwatered down production.

Maggie the Cat has a tougher time in this version. In the 1958 film version starring Taylor and Paul Newman, the filmmakers couldn't explore Bricks' sexuality.

In this 1976 TV version, its fully explored per the original intentions of the author. Maggie is trying against the odds to seduce a husband whose attraction leans in another direction, to achieve her goal -- security. To please an old man that she admires and loves. To win back her true love? Maybe.

In the end, my money is on Nat!

Robert Wagner gives one of his best (and true to the character performances). Brick is a drunk -- and Wagner portrays him as just that. Sir Olivier connects with his co-stars, as do the other supporting actors.

The most substantial drawback in this production are -- the production values itself. The Director plans his shots like a bad soap opera. His camera is often aimed too close when he should be wide to capture the scenery and reactions of other players. His cuts are at times jarring. He misses performances through terrible shot selection.

Still, its long past due for this classic to be released to video tape, if only to see the beauty that is and was Natalie Wood, and the classic wonder that is Sir Olivier and company.


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