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Tennessee Williams' powerful play about greed and deception in a patriarchal Southern family. Big Daddy (Ives) is dying. Members of the family greedily attempt to capture his inheritance, tearing the family apart. Taylor is a sensual wonder as Maggie the Cat, though the more controversial elements of the play were toned down for the film version. Intense, believable performances from Ives and Newman.

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Birthdays, On the Rocks, Family Ties, American South, Torrid Love Scenes, Southern Belles, Plays to Film: Tennessee Williams, Top Grossing Films of 1958, Sex & Sexuality
Richard Brooks, James Poe
Paul Newman, Burl Ives, Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Carson, Judith Anderson
William H. Daniels
Richard Brooks
MGM, Lawrence Weingarten

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Maggie (Elizabeth Taylor) lived in poverty growing up and married wealthy Brick Pollitt (Paul Newman), but doesn't have the marriage she had hoped for. The Pollitt family all comes home to New Orleans for Big Daddy's b-day party who doesn't know he has less than one year to live and is dying from cancer. Gooper Pollitt and his wife and kids are greedy and they all want to make a good impression on Big Daddy so they can inherent some of his money. Brick likes to drink too much and lives in the past of his glory days of being a high school football star. The party turns into a worthwhile event as Big Daddy and Brick realize they still love each other and Brick and Maggie decide to put their past behind them and try again. This 1958 movie is excellent and Taylor and Newman are great actors and make this movie a hit.