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This review is from: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof  [DVD] (DVD)
There is no denying that Taylor and Paul Newman are ideally cast and in their prime, while Burl Ives gives the oerformance of a lifetime as Big Daddy, who is dying from cancer. Judith Anderson pulls out all the stops as Big Momma, his wife, and Jack Carson and Madeleine Sherwood are terrific as Rick's envious sibling and his rapacious wife. But it does skirt delicately round, when not ignoring completely, the reason why Rick won't sleep with Maggie, the cat on that tin roof. In some ways it improves the play, which has a long opening scene with Maggie ranting, much cut here, but it remains classic Hollywood fudge - something that pretends to be what it is not. However Williams is well enough served, Taylor, a limited actress but good in the right part, and this was the right part, was at her loveliest, while Newman is simply sex on legs - eat your hearts out Brad Pitt and that man who currently plays 007.