Day Quotes / Cat On A Hot Tin Roof / Special Edition

April 29, 2009 at 4:16 pm (Day Quote, Movies) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Today it is all about Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. The movie. (Based on the play by Tennessee Williams) I just finished watching it again. That makes it my 3rd time. It just keeps getting better and better. The acting is phenomenal, the script, the dialogue…Liz Taylor and Paul Newman.

The old movies, I am quickly discovering, are countless times riskier and more scandalous than anything they make today. It is evident, in the restraint that they had to show visually, and the care that they had to use, choosing every single word to make every sentence mean more than what is merely said.

So I dug out some of my favorite parts/lines/sections of the movie and put them here. They are in dialogue form. In the sake of saving myself typing time, use this guide for all of the below:

Paul Newman is Brick

Elizabeth Taylor is Maggie the Cat

Burl Ives is Big Daddy

I hope you enjoy this little stroll through cinema past with me. And if you haven’t seen the movie yet…go get it right now! You will not be disappointed.

This first one is from my favorite part of the movie. If you didn’t think that Liz and Paul  had chemistry or are two of the “greats”, you will after watching this. Those expressions. Those EYES…ooh la la…

Little Girl: What's Uncle Brick doing on the floor?

Brick: I tried to kill your Aunt Maggie...

...but I failed...

...and I fell. Little girl, would you hand me my crutch, please?

Little Girl: What were you jumping high hurdles for?

Brick: Because I used to, and people like to do what they used to do...

...after they've stopped being able to do it.

Maggie: That's right. And that's your answer.

Now go away.

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