Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

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A steamy, often downright fun picture, this MGM DVD release of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof shows that today's stars can't hold a candle to Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. Essentially the same as the currently more widely available Warner DVD release, this edition features a good widescreen anamorphic transfer, but the source print used is far from perfect. Still, the Technicolor images are well represented, and the audio track is even cleaner than the picture and is well balanced if not exceptionally robust. Since ...
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Brian Corcoran, Zelda Cleaver, Vaughn Taylor, Larry Gates, Madeleine Sherwood, Judith Anderson, Jack Carson, Burl Ives, Paul... 10/01/1997 DVD Good 1958 Run time: 108. ... Connecting viewers with great movies since 1972. All used discs are inspected and guaranteed. Used discs may not include digital content. Customer service is our top priority! Read more Show Less

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A steamy, often downright fun picture, this MGM DVD release of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof shows that today's stars can't hold a candle to Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. Essentially the same as the currently more widely available Warner DVD release, this edition features a good widescreen anamorphic transfer, but the source print used is far from perfect. Still, the Technicolor images are well represented, and the audio track is even cleaner than the picture and is well balanced if not exceptionally robust. Since the original play could deal with racy subject matter with less restrictions than a Hollywood movie, viewers can also compare this with the DVD release of a 1984 theatrical production starring Jessica Lange.
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Special Features

Original theatrical trailer
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Paul Newman's first big success came in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the 1958 film adaptation of playwright Tennessee Williams' claustrophobic drama. Newman got his first Oscar nomination, one of seven for the film, for his role as Brick Pollitt, the former football star, and Elizabeth Taylor was at her feline best as his dangerous wife, Maggie. Some of the more controversial elements of Williams' melodrama were downplayed in the film version so as not to ruffle the censors of the era. But it still remains a steamy, haunting piece of filmmaking under the direction of Richard Brooks. Remakes were executed for television in 1976 and 1984, the latter starring Jessica Lange and Tommy Lee Jones.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/1/1997
  • UPC: 027616661722
  • Original Release: 1958
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Brick Pollitt
Elizabeth Taylor Maggie Pollitt
Burl Ives Big Daddy Pollitt
Jack Carson Gooper Pollitt
Judith Anderson Big Mama Pollitt
Madeleine Sherwood Mae Pollitt
Larry Gates Dr.Baugh
Vaughn Taylor Deacon Davis
Patty Ann Gerrity Dixie Pollitt
Rusty Stevens Sonny Pollitt
Hugh Corcoran Buster Pollitt
Deborah Miller Trixie Pollitt
Brian Corcoran Boy Pollitt
Vince Townsend Jr. Lacey
Zelda Cleaver Sookey
Jeane Wood Party Guest
Mildred Dunnock
Bobby Johnson Groom
Tony Merrill Party Guest
Technical Credits
Richard Brooks Director, Screenwriter
Lee Le Blanc Special Effects
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
William Horning Art Director
Urie McCleary Art Director
Wesley C. Miller Sound/Sound Designer
James Poe Screenwriter
Robert Priestley Set Decoration/Design
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
William Shanks Asst. Director
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Ferris Webster Editor
Lawrence Weingarten Producer
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Scene Index

1. Logos/Main Title
2. Falling like a Brick.
3. Maggies Services Ice Cream.
4. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
5. Big Daddy's Return.
6. Occupying the Same Cage.
7. Big Mama Interrupts.
8. "He's Gonna Die."
9. The No-Neck Choir.
10. "Maggie the Cat is Alive."
11. The Party Comes to Brick.
12. Breaking Mama's Heart.
13. Getting Frank with Brick.
14. Disgust and Mendacity.
15. Brick Remembers Skipper
16. Maggie Is Called.
17. "I Let Him Down."
18. Exchange of Truths.
19. "I Hurt Him, Maggie."
20. Family Discussion.
21. "I Want Brick."
22. Mama and the Truth.
23. Confiding in Maggie.
24. The Presence of Malice.
25. In the Cellar.
26. "Worthless."
27. "Look at Me as I Am."
28. Big Daddy's Daddy.
29. The Storm Inside.
30. A Kitten for the Cat?
31. "You Ripped Him Apart."
32. Brick Calls to Maggie.
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Menu

1. Scene Selections.
2. Language Selections.
3. Theatrical Trailer.
4. Play.
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my all-time favorites, I can't believe I didn't have it in my library already!

    I have always loved this film, for any number of reasons: The superb performances by its actors, to start with, particularly Taylor & Newman, who proved to Hollywood once and for all, in my opinion, that they were more than just pretty faces. There is also the back-story of the making of the film, including Taylor's husband's untimely death, as well as her near-miss.

    There is also the fact that the second half of the film is truer to the playwright's original vision, since the second act was completely rewritten for its original Broadway production, at director Elia Kazan's insistance. What we see in the second half of the film is very close to the original script, and as such carries much more weight, in terms of what it reveals to the audience about the characters, as layer after layer of pretense and "mendacity", as Big Daddy puts it, are stripped away.

    The extras involved in this DVD are just icing on the cake.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Mendacity

    Set in the sultry South, this story of the complexities of relationships and society's common use of mendacity sends the viewer on a roller coaster of untamed emotions and vulnerable enchantment. Newman and Taylor were at their heights is this delicious treat of a film. I only wish I had seen it sooner! This will definitely be something that I will watch again and again and share with my friends and family. Wonderful, wondeful film!

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