Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
This movie is really fascinating in terms of character development, and people moving on. Most families come together under crisis. In this case the crisis is the impending death of Big Daddy (Burl Ives) who has an inoperable cancer. He has been estranged from his son, Brick (Paul Newman) for some time. In fact Ricky has turned into a drunk, and seems to be throwing away all the potential he has. This show is about getting to the bottom of what is bothering him. Not only is he drinking, but he is also turning his wife (Elizabeth Taylor) away for sex. Both Newman and Taylor were nominated for academy awards. Big Mamma is played by Judith Anderson and Jack Carson plays the older brother who has had five children by his wife. Big Daddy is determined to talk things through, and himself gets hurt in the play of words. Brick lets him know that he wanted love, not things (a large farm and $5million). While for his part, Big Daddy showed love by doing well and providing material things. In the mix is Brick’s friend who committed suicide. The struggle, and the coming to terms are very well done.