Cat on a Hot Tin Roof / The Collection (1976)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
This TV adaptation of Tennessee Williams' prize-winning play stars Robert Wagner as Brick, a college sports champion who hasn't made it in the real world, and Natalie Wood as Brick's wife Maggie, the sexually frustrated "cat" of the title. Brick and Maggie are staying at the home of Brick's wealthy parents, Big Daddy and Big Mama, as are Brick's successful brother Gooper and Gooper's eternally pregnant wife Mae. Big Daddy (Laurence Olivier) has been seriously ill, thus his offspring are concerned over the size of their inheritance. It has been hinted that Big Daddy will leave his fortune to Brick provided Maggie produces a child, but the marriage has been plagued by Brick's refusal to sleep with his wife, and by a dark secret in Brick's past life that has brought about impotence and alcoholism. The reason for Brick's insecurity is his past friendship with school buddy Skipper, a homosexual who'd committed suicide. Brick believes that Big Daddy is convinced that Brick and Skipper "had sodomy together", and Gooper delights in taunting Brick over this. Big Mama learns that Big Daddy has inoperable cancer, and determines to keep the truth from her husband. She also knows that Brick is Big Daddy's favorite son, thus rejects Gooper's cold-blooded attempts to set up a trusteeship for Big Daddy's estate. In the final scene, Maggie lies to Big Daddy that she is pregnant, and Big Daddy (unaware of his imminent doom) chooses to believe her. Brick will get the estate, and Maggie will hopefully convince her husband to makes theirs a "real" marriage. A made-for-TV production, the 1976 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is more sexually explicit than the censor-ridden 1958 Hollywood version, but isn't quite as strong dramatically despite its powerhouse cast. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
In this fashionable world of Chelsea boutique owners and West End dress designers, four elegant lives are suddenly shaken by the tremors of sexual jealousy. Starring Laurence Olivier, Alan Bates, Helen Mirren and Malcolm McDowell.
Hindle Wakes / Come Back, Little Sheba
In the best play of 1912, the conventional morals and manners of a North England mill town are overthrown by a young woman with ideas far ahead of her time.
Come Back, Little Sheba
A failed doctor fights to stay sober while his wife pines for her lost youth and her lost dog, Sheba.
Laurence Olivier Presents (Disc 2 of 3)
Laurence Olivier Presents (Disc 3 of 3)
Saturday, Sunday, Monday / The Ebony Tower
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
The Story of a temperamental Italian family that meets every week for a gigantic Sunday lunch, cooked by Donna Rosa, who is famed for her excellent ragu.
The Ebony Tower
A brash young artist invades the secluded retirement of an elderly painter and finds that the great man lives with two young women in tantalizingly ambiguous relationship.