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Elizabeth Taylor in her prime as the beautiful but frustrated Maggie the Cat is the star of this movie, but she is supported by a cast that is equally as good. Maggie is estranged from her former football star Brick Pollitt (Paul Newman). They are dancing around a secret that he won't even discuss, but she wants to.
All of this is simmering on the Mississippi plantation where Brick's father Big Daddy (Burl Ives) is away being tested for cancer. When Big Daddy arrives home with Big Mama (Dame Judith Anderson, who played Mrs. Danvers in "Rebecca"), Brick won't even go to the airport. But Maggie goes and is surrounded by Brick's brother Gooper (Jack Carson), his wife Mae (Madeleine Sherwood) and their five rowdy children. When Big Daddy arrives, he sees only Maggie--she is absolutely gorgeous--and he drives home with her in her convertible.
Big Daddy and Big Mama are concerned about Brick's and Maggie's marriage. They have been married for 3 years with no children, while his brother already has 5 and is working on his sixth. And Brick his drinking heavily, has quit his radio announcer sports job, and the tension is heavy between him and his wife.
The plot of the movie is similar to "The Little Foxes." All the family except Brick is worrying about Big Daddy's fortune when he dies. And they are flattering him at every opportunity to get in his good graces.
What is the secret between Brick and Maggie? Who will get the fortune when Big Daddy dies? These are the questions that the story revolves around.
Filmed in color, this movie had no Oscar nominations. But did I say that Elizabeth Taylor was gorgeous in it? And Paul Newman in his prime will turn on the ladies.
When the secrets are finally revealed, you will leave the movie satisfied.
If I could only own one DVD..this would be it. Out of the vast myriad of movies that I thoroughly adore..this ranks the number one movie of all time. Maggie (Elizabeth Taylor)is sensational as a woman of determination,loyalty, beauty,class,love and strength. Brick (Paul Newman) immobilizes himself with drink to avoid facing himself. In so doing, he hurts all that love and need him. Big Daddy (Burl Ives) is the ultimate patriarch..self-made millionaire determined to get to the bottom of his family's dilema. The movie is a classic example of the only way out is through..and through they go. As pain and dishonesty erupt into anger and truth, the characters grow and heal. Big Daddy's illness does not deter him from bringing his family together and that he does. The entire cast demonstates the true essence of the roles..bringing each scene beautifully into the next. A movie of pure joy and superb acting!!!!!!!
Wow--I love this movie! I like the play as well but this cast is amazing! Burl Ives is Big Daddy and then there's Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman! It is excellent. The intensity is there so much you feel like you can cut the tension! It is such a great drama--not a "chick flick" by any means--men will relate to the issues of a demanding dad and pleasing a wife at the same time. It is an old movie that is a must see!
This movie is a classic. I had heard about it, but never had the opportunity to watch it. Paul Newman is amazing as well as Elizabeth Taylor. It is a tragic family tale of parents favoring one child over another into adulthood. Newman's role is the younger favored brother and Taylor is his wife. It is a dark story, but entertaining.
I purchase this movie because my son earned a part in the play at our local professional theater. My son is 11 years old and I wanted to know what we were up against. The movie version is much different from the original play written by Tennessee Williams.
One of the great Tennessee Williams stories, enhanced by a marvelous cast. Burl Ives as Big Daddy, Paul Newman and Liz Taylor are electryfing in their roles as Big Daddy's Ex-football star son and his wife. This is truly a MUST SEE for anyone who enjoys quality movies. One of Paul newman's finest alongside "A Long Hot Smuuer". There are no actors like these anymore, what a shame. Thank God for DVDs.