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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

108 minutes

Elizabeth Taylor steams up this 1958 adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play about a frustrated wife and her apparently impotent husband (Paul Newman). The material has been bowdlerized to the point of abstraction, which makes Richard Brooks's sweaty, emphatic direction look a little silly—there just isn't that much to get worked up about. But Burl Ives and Judith Anderson are highly entertaining as the nightmare parents, Big Daddy and Big Mama, and Jack Carson has one of his last good roles as Newman's competitive older brother.

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