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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

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While watching the movie and reading the play of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof many changes are made evident. In 1958, movie laws regulated what could be said and shown in movies. Because of this, there were many small changes, along with some large changes such as the story about skipper, the storm, and the cellar scene. These changes made a great difference between the movie and the play.
There are many minor differences between the play and the movie of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. When converting the play to a movie many aspects were lost. One thing that changed was the language. The movie laws at the time required that all ages would be able to watch them. In the movie all the cussing and many ...view middle of the document...

The relationship between Big Daddy and Big Mama also changed. In the play, Big Mama asked Big Daddy if she could leave with him when he goes to the roof (Williams 155). In the movie, Big Daddy’s attitude changed drastically. You could tell he started to care more about his family, and asked his wife if she would join him on the roof.

The story of Skipper changed between the play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and the movie. In the play, Brick tells Big Daddy the story of Skipper’s suicide. The play does not tell how Skipper died, just that he committed suicide. The reason Skipper killed himself is that he was in love with Brick. He tried to sleep with Maggie in the play to prove to her that he was not in love with Brick. In the end, Skipper could not go through with it. Skipper later called Brick when he was in the hospital and confessed to Brick that he was truly gay and in love with him. Brick could not handle this fact and hung up on his best friend. After that, Skipper committed suicide and Brick blamed himself (Williams 91-93).
In the movie, Big Daddy calls in Maggie to tell the story of why Skipper committed suicide. Skipper commits suicide by jumping out of the eleventh story window. Then Maggie rode with him in the ambulance to the hospital. In the movie version, Maggie tries to get rid of Skipper by sleeping with him. In the end, Maggie could not go through with it and ran away. Skipper called Brick to tell him that he had slept with Maggie and that he can not play football well without him. Skipper was upset that he did so badly at the football game. He thought that he had let down Brick. Brick hung up the phone because he could not accept that Skipper was not a good football player. Brick always looked up to Skipper and thought they were both great athletes. In reality, Skipper only looked good because Brick played so well. Skipper tried calling Brick over and over again, but when Brick refused to answer the phone he killed himself.
The meaning and timing of the storm was different in the movie from the play. In the movie, the storm started when Big Daddy and Brick were having their conversation about why Brick was an alcoholic. The storm persisted throughout their talk and got worse when Brick and Big Daddy talked about Skipper and how he died. Brick tries to leave the house during the storm and go...

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