Director Richard Brooks also wrote the screenplay for this film version of Tennessee Williams’ powerful play about a patriarchal Southern family.
The film is somewhat stage-bound, but is entertaining on many levels and Elizabeth Taylor is excellent as Maggie the Cat – the wife of a frustrated young man called Brick (Paul Newman) who is under the control of his dying money-loving father.
Burl Ives is convincing as “Big Daddy, ” the overwhelming plantation owner, and the rest of the cast turns in credible performances.
The movie loses some of the play’s impact by minimising Brick’s latent homosexuality.
Big Daddy Pollitt
Big Mama Pollitt
Patty Ann Gerrity
Vince Townsend Jr