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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof


a wealthy plantation owner succumbing to cancer one of the most acclaimed movies in history. Year: 1958

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
1 out of 5

Classics-loving teens will appreciate family melodrama.

what 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.

what 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 reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

3 stars

although this still suffered from some of the same pretentious crap that all other films based on plays by tennessee williams suffer from, this film had some amazing things going for it. paul newman and liz taylor were both very good, burl ives is classic as always, and the end of the film was pure magic. the film had actually almost lost me a few times, but the end could not have been better.

- sanjurosamurai, Tuesday, October 14, 2008

4 stars

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with one of my all time favs Liz Taylor is a very good of her best. Paul Newman is perfect as the leading man in this drama. A couple that is seeminly bad for one another deal with family and other assorted drama in the 50's.

- mwilliams078, Tuesday, September 16, 2008

4 stars

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is an exceptional film with emotionally intense performances from Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor, who's chemistry is electric. Based on the Tennessee Williams play about a family gathering at the Pollitt household that creates a whirlwind of uncontrollable tensions and confrontations. A main theme of the film is the subject of mendacity which is powerfully illustrated. This is one exciting film with intelligent dialogue and a dramatic atmosphere. Two reasons to watch this - tremendous acting and a brilliant script. Do not miss out on this.

- shauna1354, Saturday, August 2, 2008