5 comments on “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

  1. Paul Newman is one of my favorite actors, and Elizabeth Taylor is definitely in my top-5 of actresses. The reason why on both counts is their work in this film.

    While I can certainly understand Williams’ disdain for the finished film, I would have thought he’d realize that, in 1950’s Hollywood, it could never have been any other way. It’s a shame there aren’t more modern films based of his work, especially now that homosexuality isn’t the taboo subject it was back then.

  2. I can also see why Williams could be upset; however, translating a play into film has always involved certain liberties. What’s great with most of the Williams’ adaptations is that they really do get the point(s) across…and, once again, it’s important to remember the times. This was still pretty racy in 1958, and regardless of what Williams thought, the message got through…as everyone I knew picked up on the implied homosexuality. Actually, the screenwriters back in the 50s and early 60s were very skilled at getting around the censors and leagues and legions, etc. Purists are understandably upset–but so many Williams films (Streetcar, Cat, Sweet Bird, etc.) were all altered and still excellent films. So there! Now about this film: the lead actors got deserved recognition; but the supporting cast was also outstanding–Judith Anderson as Big Mama, Burl Ives as Big Daddy, and especially Madeleine Sherwood as Mae…all terrific!

  3. I love THIS movie.

    And clearly Paul Newman’s blue eyes are the most important priority here. I’m definitely with the studio on that one. ;-D

    Great review! I’m really enjoying your blog. I’ve been following for a few months and I read all your posts! This is an awesome source for reviews!

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