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Western story about a defiant wife who leaves her husband to take up riding with outlaws.

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Harvey Lapchance
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Dawes
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Willard Crocker
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Billy Bowen
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Ben (as Sandy Kevin)
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Iron Knife
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Sudie
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Jay Varela ...
Charlie Bent
Owen Bush ...
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Larry Finley ...
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Storyline

It's the frontier of the American west. Shortly after being released from prison where he was serving a sentence for murder, Jay Grobart leads a band of three other men - Dawes, Billy Bowen and an Indian named Charlie Bent - in robbing a train of its Wells Fargo cargo of $100,000. In their escape from the scene, they are forced out of circumstance to take along a young woman, against her will, she who is traveling by herself on horseback. She is Mrs. Willard Crocker - Catherine - who they can tell is wealthy. Although they do not let her go, she vows that she will not tell the authorities about them as she, like them, is running away. As Jay, the leader, embarks on his next mission - to fulfill the reason he stole the money - he has the problems of managing the three men, Dawes and Billy in particular who are solely out for their own selfish wants which now includes their carnal wants with Catherine, and making sure Catherine does not escape. But as they spend more time together and ... Written by Huggo

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Two women loved him. One died for him. One killed for him.

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Western

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31 October 1973 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

A férfi, aki szerette a táncoló macskát  »

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Trivia

Sarah Miles' business manager-boyfriend David Whiting was found by her dead in her Gila Bend, Arizona motel room during production of this movie. The death made headlines around the world. Time magazine on 26 March 1973 reported: "Pills and bottles were scattered around his body, and bruises and a bloody cut were found on his head." The night prior to the discovery of his body, Whiting had allegedly assaulted Miles after she had come back late at night from a birthday party for Burt Reynolds. Reynolds let Miles stay in his room for protection. Miles testified that Whiting had "got ahold of me and began throwing me about the room". Reynolds, when he saw Miles after her nanny, overhearing the confrontation, had called him, was quoted as saying, "Christ Almighty, you're a mess!" Miles' injuries allegedly included a bloody nose, a bruised forehead and a cut lip. The official cause of Whiting's death as ruled by the coroner / county medical examiner was suicide by overdose of the drugs Methaqualone, Benadryl and a Librium-type drug. Reportedly, Miles and Reynolds did not wish to testify at the inquest one month after the incident but were forced to when Whiting's mother, Mrs. Louise Campbell, successfully obtained a court order for them to testify. According to the Time magazine article, " . . . a pharmacologist hired by Whiting's mother said that the amount of methaqualone in Whiting's bloodstream need not have been fatal. Left unexplained was how Whiting's blood came to be on a pillowcase, towel, tissues and the washbasin in his own room, as well as on a blue sweater he had apparently been wearing. Also unaccounted for were the severe cut on the back of his head and scratches on his stomach, chest and knuckles." See more »

Goofs

During the opening credits Catherine is riding "side saddle" but her legs are both on the right side of the horse, which is the "wrong" side for an English ladies' saddle. The film is flopped in this shot as later she has her legs on the proper side. See more »

Quotes

Catherine Crocker: Give me the horse and let me go. I won't tell a soul, I promise.
Jay: Why not?
Catherine Crocker: Because I'm running away, too.
Jay: [pauses] Mm hmm.
Jay: [to Billy] Throw her ass on a horse.
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Great Western
3 July 2008 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Humphry Bogart, James Coburn, Lee Marvin, Sean Connery, Harrison Ford -- well maybe not Harrison Ford -- created unique male personas on film and Burt Reynolds joins them. Cat Dancing is a 70's road film on horseback and Reynolds' performance shines with personal subtlety among other luminaries including Jack Warden, George Hamilton, Lee J. Cobb, and Jay Silverheels (AKA Tonto). The story line is not predictable and angst threads through the script. True love, what is it? The answer rolls down from the screen in Cat Dancing while Burt bites the dust and recovers. The Western by the 1970's was fading, but Cat Dancing proves the genre can be fresh in any decade.


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