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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (TV)

American Playhouse: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (USA: anthology series)

My Rating: /10
Rating:  awaiting 3 votes    IMDb

1984 August, 19
144 minutes


It sounds like perfect casting: Jessica Lange and Tommy Lee Jones do one of Tennessee Williams's most powerful works. But this filmed stage play doesn't quite fulfill the promise. Lange certainly has all the right ingredients: the sensual moves, the fluttering neuroses, the scheming-with-a-smile, but it doesn't quite ring true. It's as if the star and her director failed to make the full transition from stage acting to the smaller, more nuanced acting demands of film. Jones is badly miscast as Brick--the character is mopey and riven with insecurities, while Jones's forte is garrulous confidence. It feels like he's acting with a muzzle on. Rip Torn is terrific as Big Daddy (his scenes with Jones are the best in the piece) and the rest of the cast is all up to the game. Tennessee Williams reworked the script for this American Playhouse production, restoring some sexual frankness lost in earlier productions. The piece has some real fireworks, and not just in the places you might expect. Lange and Jones would team up again to better effect in the 1994 drama Blue Sky. --Geof Miller

American Playhouse: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (anthology series) USA
La chatte sur un toit brûlant France
La gata sobre el tejado de zinc Spain
La gatta sul tetto che scotta Italy
Macska a forró bádogtetőn Hungary
Котка върху горещ ламаринен покрив (Bulgarian title) Bulgaria

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