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CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF

SYNOPSIS:
In Big Daddy’s house, nothing is as it seems. Big Daddy (Burl Ives) himself is dying of cancer, though he believes he’s in good health. His son Gooper (Jacks Carson) and his wife (Madeleine Sherwood) greedily await their inheritence. Meanwhile, Big Daddy’s favourite son Brick (Paul Newman) is a drunken ex-football star whose abusiveness is destroying his marriage to the sensuous Maggie ‘the cat’ (Elizabeth Taylor). As Maggie fights to win back her husband, Big Daddy learns the truth about his illness and the shocking secret behind Brick’s behaviour.

"Stamped with Tennessee Williams' labyrinthine tracks through the heart and soul of the characters, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof remains surprisingly fresh and relevant 40 years on, with Paul Newman's performance every bit as brilliantly effective as it must have felt in 1958. It opens with a moody jazz motif, setting up a melancholy cloud over the action to come. Liz Taylor's flashing eyes and driven character is compelling and had the pair been working in more permissive cinematic times, the sexuality that simmers beneath the surface would have melted the screen. There is no tricksy camera work, but Daniels sometimes uses low angle shots to heighten mood, while Brooks' direction retains the dynamics of the play for maximum impact - without making it look staged. Filled with many brilliant scenes, the film also bristles with lines of dialogue (mostly Maggie's) like "You're a drinker and I'm childless…" and one of my favourites: "You can be young without money, but you can't be old without it." This is a classic for good reason; it stands repeated viewing."
Andrew L. Urban

LIMITED EDITION
Only 2,000 copies of each of the 100 films in the Century Collection are being released in Australia during October, November and December 1999 by Warner Home Video, exclusively through Myer/Grace Bros stores, K Mart and Target.

RRP: $19.95 each

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CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (PG)
(US)

CAST: Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, Burl Ives, Jack Carson, Madeleine Sherwood

DIRECTOR: Richard Brooks

PRODUCER: Lawrence Weingarten

SCRIPT: Richard Brooks, James Poe (based on the play by Tennessee Williams)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: William H. Daniels

EDITOR: Ferris Webster

PRODUCTION DESIGN: William A. Horning, Urie McLeary

RUNNING TIME: 104 minutes

AUSTRALIAN VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Home Video

AUSTRALIAN VIDEO RELEASE: October, 1999







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