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.
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108 min

Is it any wonder?

You know what I feel like?

I feel all the time like a cat

on a hot tin roof.

Then jump off the roof, Maggie.

Cats jump off roofs and land uninjured.

Do it. Jump.

Jump where?

Into what?

Take a lover.

I don't deserve that!

I can't see any man but you.

Even with my eyes closed, I just see you.

Why can't you get ugly, Brick?

Why can't you get fat or ugly or something,

so I can stand it?

You'll make out fine.

Your kind always does.

I'm more determined than you think.

I'll win all right.

Win what?

What is the victory

of a cat on a hot tin roof?

Just staying on it, I guess... long as she can.

Calm down. Not yet. Now wait a minute.

Where are the flowers?

Aren't you putting it on a little thick?

Get ready, now!

Mama, she didn't bring anything

for Big Daddy.

Pretty seedy looking flowers

for Big Daddy, huh, Gooper?

I picked them myself.

Looks like she picked them off a grave.

Don't talk about graves when we don't

know if Big Daddy's going to live or die.

Get ready.

Hello, Mae.

Hello, children.

Doc, isn't it great?

Kiss me!

Kiss your grandmother.

Darling Big Daddy!

You look fine, Big Daddy.

Doc, do you want to tell them the news?

The exploratory operation proved

there's nothing wrong with Big Daddy.

Nothing at all!

Just a spastic colon. And that's all.

- Great news!

- Isn't that great news?

That's the best birthday present of all.

Where's Brick?

Uncle Brick got drunk and broke his leg.

- How?

- What's that?

Got drunk again and tried to jump

the high hurdles at 3:00 AM.

That poor boy still thinks he's an athlete.

Couldn't keep it out of the local paper.

AP got hold of it too.

Yeah, and UP...

...and thanks to your professional

legal advice, every other P.

Let's go home.

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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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