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'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958)' Movie Review: Lies and Liars

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof


Lie and Liars have infested the Pollitt household. Big Daddy (Burl Ives) has been away having some tests done. He is turning 65 and the family have come to Alabama to be with him though no one knows that the tests show he has terminal cancer.

Gooper (Jack Carson) and his wife Mae (Madeleine Sherwood) and their children have gone to meet Big Daddy at the Airport. Big Daddy doesn't have much time for his oldest son and his family. He wants to be driven home by his youngest son's wife Maggie (Elizabeth Taylor). Now Brick (Paul Newman) the youngest didn't come to the Airport he stayed home and was getting drunk.

You see Brick was a big time High School football player. He was out the other night trying to do some high hurdles and hurt his foot. Nothing major but it got him to use some crutches to get around. When they arrived back at the plantation Brick was still up in his room drinking. His father would come up to see what was the matter with Brick. He just wasn't in the mood to talk with his father but little by little some of the problems came out.

Now Big Momma (Judith Anderson) tried to keep everyone happy but it was almost too much for her. The problem was Big Daddy was dying but everyone didn't know. The boys were told and Brick told his wife. Who would later let it slip and Big Momma would find out.

What we have here is a family who wants the plantation to keep going after Big Daddy passes but who should it go to. You see Gooper and his wife try their darnedest to butter up Big Daddy but he isn't having it. Big Daddy actually loves his son Brick the best and he let's everyone know.

Brick and Maggie have been having problems and it has to do with Maggie maybe having an affair with Brick's best friend who just committed suicide. Brick is blaming Maggie and well the truth about this has not been told. This is why I say Lie's and Liars are amongst the people in this house.

Director Richard Brooks brings us playwright Tennessee Williams story of a dysfunctional family in the midst of a crisis. He tells the tales and the truth eventually unfolds and shows that even in time of despair family is still family. So sit back and enjoy the film and remember tragedy does bring family back together. Enjoy.


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