Not Rated | | Drama
Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.
When Paul Newman agreed to play the role of Brick, he was under the impression the film would simply adapt the original script into a screenplay. When the screenplay deviated wildly from the stage text over Tennessee Williams' objections, Newman expressed his disappointment.
Harvey 'Big Daddy' Pollitt:
Grown-ups don't hang up on their friends! And they don't hang up on their wives and they don't hang up on life! That's the truth and that's what you can't face!
Brick Pollitt: Can you face the truth?
Harvey 'Big Daddy' Pollitt: Try me.
Brick Pollitt: Sure, somebody else's truth.
Harvey 'Big Daddy' Pollitt: So you're running again?
Brick Pollitt: ...
[while adjusting her hose] Maggie asks Brick, "are my seams straight?" - though she's never seen in seamed-stockings (which were passé by the 1950s).
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