Directed by Richard Brooks • 1958 • United States
Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives
Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman sizzle in this delirious adaptation of Tennessee Williams’s Pulitzer Prize–winning play. She’s the hot-blooded Maggie the Cat whose voracious desires can’t be fulfilled by her hard-drinking husband, Brick (Newman), a former football star unable to face up to the reason behind his impotence. Presiding over their tempestuous marriage is wealthy, cancer-stricken southern patriarch Big Daddy (Burl Ives) whose looming death unleashes a maelstrom of secrets and lies that threatens to tear the family apart.