Romantic Dramas - TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection

Romantic Dramas - TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection

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Cast: James Dean, Marlon Brando, Paul Newman

     
 

The dynamic and commanding adaptation of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, focuses on a troubled Southern family and the discord over their dying father's millions. Wealthy plantation owner Big Daddy Pollitt (Burl Ives), celebrating his 65th birthday, isSee more details below

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Overview

The dynamic and commanding adaptation of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, focuses on a troubled Southern family and the discord over their dying father's millions. Wealthy plantation owner Big Daddy Pollitt (Burl Ives), celebrating his 65th birthday, is visited by his sons, Brick (Paul Newman) and Gooper (Jack Carson). He has cancer, but a doctor has deliberately and falsely declared it in remission. Seemingly perfect son Gooper and his wife Mae (Madeleine Sherwood) have several children and are anxiously expecting to inherit Daddy's millions. By contrast, Big Daddy's "favorite," Brick, is a has-been football star who's taken to drinking his days away since the suicide of his "best friend" a year earlier. He resents his wife, Maggie (Elizabeth Taylor), because he believes that she had an affair with his deceased friend. As a result, he refuses to sleep with her although she remains devoted to him. Since Brick and Maggie have failed to produce any grandchildren, Big Daddy is inclined to leave his estate to Gooper, but Maggie attempts to prevent that by telling him that she is pregnant. Big Daddy knows better, yet he recognizes that Maggie loves Brick so much that she would be willing to do anything for him. Although Brick is self-destructive and resentful, unable to come to terms with his losses, it takes Big Daddy's recognition of his own mortality to make Brick change his perspective. Brick's struggle with his sexual identity, and the nature of his relationship with his "friend," had to be toned down for mass consumption, although this intelligently written and acted film covers such topics as infertility, adultery, and alcoholism that were still considered taboo in the 1950's. Newman brings depth and feeling to the role as Brick, while Taylor succeeds brilliantly in portraying Maggie as a passionate and understanding woman despite her own real-life emotional turmoil over the death of her husband at the time, producer Mike Todd.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2009
UPC:
0883929048960
Rating:
NR
Source:
Turner Classic Movie
Region Code:
1
Time:
7:39:00
Sales rank:
15,441

Special Features

Disc 1, Side A - Rebel Without A Cause: Commentary by Douglas L. Rathgeb, author of The Making Of Rebel Without A Cause; Theatrical trailer; Disc 1, Side B: East Of Eden: Commentary by historian/filmmaker Richard Schickel; Theatrical trailer; Disc 2, Side A: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof: Commentary by Tennessee Williams biographer Donald Spoto ; Featurette Cat On A Hot Tin Roof: Playing Cat and Mouse; Theatrical trailer; Disc 2, Side B: A Streetcar Named Desire: The Original Director's Version: Commentary by Karl Malden and film historian Rudy Behlmer and Jeff Young; Elia Kazan movie trailer gallery

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Rebel Without A Cause
1. Drunken Credits [1:32]
2. Judy's Dad Dilemma [3:52]
3. Happy Birthday, Plato [4:37]
4. Tearing Jim Apart [1:53]
5. Need to Belong [6:25]
6. Girl Next Door [3:27]
7. New School, First Day [2:19]
8. Planetarium Field Trip [4:41]
9. "Let's Bring Him Down" [2:04]
10. Peer and Tire Pressure [3:00]
11. Knife Fight [4:12]
12. Apron-Strung [1:46]
13. Age Where Nothing Fits [1:17]
14. No Answer Now [:48]
15. Preliminaries With Buzz [3:15]
16. Chickie Run [4:10]
17. Home From Cliff's Edge [4:08]
18. All Involved [4:24]
19. "Dad, Stand Up For Me" [5:13]
20. No One to Listen [3:08]
21. "Your Lips Are Soft" [2:06]
22. Heartbroken- and Armed [4:12]
23. Looking For Him [1:39]
24. Old Deserted Mansion [2:56]
25. Happy Now [3:46]
26. What It's Like to Love Somebody [3:49]
27. Plato's Terror [2:47]
28. Making Them Family [5:11]
29. Return To the Plantarium [1:52]
30. "I Think I Know My Son" [2:03]
31. When the End Will Come [1:39]
32. Friends Keep Promises [2:33]
33. Plato's Death [3:39]
34. "You Can Depend On Me" [1:56]
35. Friends and Family [1:52]
Disc #1, Side B -- East Of Eden
1. Overture [3:00]
2. Credits and Foreword [1:48]
3. Kate's Follower [6:10]
4. Not Interested [4:54]
5. The Icehouse [3:06]
6. Talk to Me, Father [5:51]
7. Kate's Place [4:02]
8. Talk to Me, Mother [2:06]
9. Parental Backstory [5:26]
10. The Lettuce Fields [8:29]
11. Hard Lessons [4:10]
12. Full Of Beans [3:36]
13. Business Proposition [6:44]
14. "He Tried to Hold Me!" [4:11]
15. Enlistment Parade [3:05]
16. Warring and Waiting [2:32]
17. The Carnival [3:55]
18. Ferris Wheel Confession [4:03]
19. Anti-German Hysteria [3:59]
20. Brothers At Odds [3:21]
21. Caller In the Night [4:26]
22. Birthday Presents [7:24]
23. Look At the Truth [3:14]
24. Hello To Your Mother [2:00]
25. No More Forgiveness [2:46]
26. Aron's Farewell [1:36]
27. Prognosis [2:17]
28. Abra's Plea [4:03]
29. Take Care Of Me [5:08]
Disc #2, Side A -- Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
1. Credits [1:51]
2. Bad Behavior [3:07]
3. Report On the No-Necks [4:31]
4. Cat On a Hot Tin Roof [4:25]
5. Big Daddy's Return [4:52]
6. Same Cage [4:20]
7. Where the Rocks Are [3:34]
8. What Kind Of Truth? [4:10]
9. Maggie the Cat Is Alive [7:29]
10. The Party Comes to Brick [4:28]
11. Breaking Mama's Heart [1:49]
12. Talking Tough With Brick [:36]
13. Disgust and Mendacity [5:22]
14. About Skipper [4:26]
15. Play By Play [2:42]
16. "I Let Him Down" [6:02]
17. Exchange Of Truths [3:55]
18. Family Discussion [4:05]
19. "I Want Brick" [4:33]
20. Presence Of Malice [3:10]
21. Cellar Full Of Things [5:03]
22. Look At Me [6:46]
23. Big Daddy's Daddy [4:04]
24. The Storm Inside [2:53]
25. Maggie's Present [4:50]
26. Through With Lies [3:22]
Disc #2, Side B -- A Streetcar Named Desire: The Original Director's Version
1. Credits [1:14]
2. New Arrival At Elysian Fields [4:00]
3. Belle Reve's Fate [6:10]
4. "You Must Be Stanley" [3:30]
5. Napoleonic and Dress Codes [6:15]
6. Cards On the Table [8:19]
7. Poker: No Women Allowed [4:43]
8. Mitch and the Ladies [4:01]
9. Tearing Up the Place [1:56]
10. "Hey, Stella!" [3:25]
11. "I Need Kindness Now" [1:28]
12. "Don't Hang Back With the Brutes!" [6:02]
13. Odor Of Cheap Perfume [3:00]
14. To Breathe Quietly Again [4:49]
15. Arabian Nights Prince [3:55]
16. Memory Of First Love [12:42]
17. Tales Of Dame Blanche [5:32]
18. King Around Here [4:11]
19. Down Off the Columns [4:10]
20. "I Want Magic!" [7:06]
21. "Flores Para Los Muertos" [4:35]
22. One Unforgivable Thing [6:13]
23. Caught In a Trap [3:33]
24. "Interfere With You?" [1:41]
25. Going On a Trip [4:05]
26. Callers For Blanche [4:40]
27. Kindness Of Strangers [2:56]
28. Cast List [:22]

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