Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Synopsis: The family of "Big Daddy" Pollitt convenes at his and Big Momma's vast 28,000 acre East Mississippi plantation for his sixty-fifth birthday, although it may as well be for his funeral on the belief that he is dying. Despite his latest medical report being clean, in reality he truly does have terminal colon cancer, something the doctor only tells Big Daddy's two sons, Gooper Pollitt, a lawyer, and Brick Pollitt, who recently left his job as a sportscaster. Brooding Brick and his wife Maggie Pollitt, who have driven up from New Orleans for the occasion, are going through a long rough patch in their marriage. Brick wanted to split, but Maggie convinced him to stay married on the condition that she not pressure him for sex. In their troubles, Brick has turned to the bottle, leading to a drunken incident which has left Brick currently on crutches. Maggie believes Gooper and his wife Mae Pollitt are trying to orchestrate Brick out of Big Daddy's will. Brick and Maggie's saving grace is Big D
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Richard Brooks
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

Some drunk at the Hotel Gayoso

leaned out the window and said:

"Hey, Queenie!"

Sister Mae looked up and smiled

and waved...

...and that drunk shot a squirt

of tobacco juice...

...right in her face.

Why are you looking at me like that?

Like what?

Like you were just looking.

I wasn't conscious of looking at you.

I was conscious of it.

- If you were thinking the same thing...

- No, Maggie!

- Why not?

- Will you please keep your voice down?


I know you better than you think.

I've seen that look before...

...and I know what it used to mean.

- And it still means the same thing now.

- You're not the same woman now, Maggie.

Don't you think I know that?

- Don't you think I know...

- Know what, Maggie?

That I've gone through

this horrible transformation.

I've become hard and frantic and cruel.

Are you planning on meeting

Big Daddy's plane?

I get so Ionely.

Everybody gets that.

Living with somebody you love can be...

...Ionelier than living entirely alone...

...when the one you love doesn't love you.

You can't even stand

drinking out of the same glass, can you?

Would you like to live alone?


No, I wouldn't.

Why can't you lose your good looks, Brick?

Most drinking men lose theirs.

Why can't you?

I think you've even got better looking

since you went on the bottle.

You were such a wonderful lover.

You'll be late!

You were so exciting to be in love with.

Mostly, I guess, because you were...

If I thought you'd...

...never make love to me again...

...I'd find the longest, sharpest knife

and stick it straight into my heart.

I'd do that.

How long does this have to go on,

this punishment?

Haven't I served my term?

Can I get a pardon?

Your finishing-school voice sounds like

you were running upstairs to say, "Fire!"

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Richard Brooks

Richard Brooks (May 18, 1912 – March 11, 1992) was an American screenwriter, film director, novelist and film producer. Nominated for eight Oscars in his career, he was best known for Blackboard Jungle (1955), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) Elmer Gantry (1960; for which he won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay), In Cold Blood (1967) and Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977). more…

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