Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

  • Review Date: May 20, 2003
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 1958
  • Running Time: 108 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Classics-loving teens will appreciate family melodrama.
  • Review Date: May 20, 2003
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 1958
  • Running Time: 108 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Treatment of women typical of the period

Violence

Emotional violence.

Sex

Much of the plot revolves around Maggie's attempts to get Brick to sleep with her so she can get pregnant. Reference to infidelity.

Language

Mild.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Brick has a drinking problem.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the characters in this movie lie to each other and keep secrets from each other. One of the characters is an alcoholic.

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What's the story?

Big Daddy's (Burl Ives) family is celebrating both his 65th birthday and his medical report, which shows his health problems have proven to be minor. He has two grown sons, Brick (Paul Newman), an alcoholic former athlete, and Gooper (Jack Carson), who is constantly trying to replace Brick as Big Daddy's favorite. Gooper has five children, and Brick's wife, Maggie (Elizabeth Taylor) knows that no matter how much Big Daddy loves Brick, he cannot inherit Big Daddy's property unless he provides an heir. Brick is angry at himself and at Maggie, and wants nothing more than to drink until he feels the "click" of peace when he is too drunk to feel anything else. But the "odor of mendacity" is too strong for Big Daddy, and all the lies come tumbling down like skeletons out of a closet.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, based on Tennessee Williams' play, is about a family that has been damaged more by lies than by greed. They lie to Big Daddy about the results of his tests. Brick lies to himself about what really went on with Skipper. Gooper and his wife lie about their feelings for Big Daddy. And Maggie lies about being pregnant. It is worth discussing the different kinds of lies and the different motivations behind them, and the impact the truth has on the characters, when they are finally confronted with it. Compare this family's method of accomplishing its goals with the methods of some other movie families, to see which interactions make families stronger and which tear them apart.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the lies that the characters tell each other. Why does Maggie compare herself to a cat on a hot tin roof? What is the roof, and what makes it hot? Why won't Brick agree to get Maggie pregnant? Who is he mad at? Why? Why does Brick have such contempt for himself? What does Skipper's death have to do with it? What makes Brick change his mind?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 20, 1958
DVD release date:January 27, 2000
Cast:Burl Ives, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman
Director:Richard Brooks
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Drama
Run time:108 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 13 years old Written bymohiudinasfand August 27, 2014
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Excellent

It's an amazing movie,many people won't like it I'm old fashioned so I loved it many scenes included drinking and a woman who wants to make love to a man it's very good .
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