This past Tuesday was Tennessee Williams’ birthday and what better way to honor the memory of a great American playwright, than to feature one of his adaptations. I debated over which film to showcase, but decided on Cat on a Hot Roof because Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman deliver outstanding performances.
Maggie: You know what I feel like? I feel all the time like a cat on a hot tin roof.
Brick: Then jump off the roof, Maggie. Jump off it. Cats jump off roofs and land uninjured. Do it. Jump.
Maggie: Jump where? Into what?
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.