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Richard C. Sarafian
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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
The phrase "Cat Dancing" of the film and source novel's title refers to the name of the first wife of this movie's central character Jay (played by Burt Reynolds). See more »
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 »
[Discussing an escape plan with Dawes]
As soon as it gets dark, I'll get my horse and go.
Yeah? How ya' gonna' manage that?
I'll just say I have to... "tend to myself."
Women "tend to themselves," huh?... Men just take a piss.
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This was a well scripted movie with two leading stars in Burt Reynolds and Sarah Miles who through the movie gradually come to understand one another's predicament and fall in love. Burt plays an ex military man named Jay Grobart who leads a small group of men on a successful train robbery, and while in the midst of their escape in to the wilds, they run across a petite and debonair well dressed Catherine Crocker played by Sarah Miles.
We eventually find out why Ms. Crocker is riding alone in the wilderness and also why Jay Grobart robbed the bank. Burt plays a tough gang leader who won't tolerate any insubordination from his crew or from the woman on the run.
Through the hills and streams they all run hiding from the posse led by Lee J Cobb and also in hot pursuit is the train company's executive played by Anthony Perkins who just happens to be trailing his wife who has seemed to gone missing whilst out for a casual ride on her $3,000.00 priceless steed.
Indians also come in to the picture, and one by one the gang members turn on one another with their expected prize being the warmth of an evening with their travelling companion Ms. Crocker. Bad Burt keeps them all at bay, and slowly falls for Ms. Crocker himself.
The climax may be predictable (I am referring to the movie's ending not Burt and Sarah's steamy relationship) but I love a good ending and I put this one in that enviable category. Kudos to the cast of The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing for a good performance and to their director Richard C Sarafian, who has given us other classics such as Bugsy, The Crossing Guard and one of my personal favourites, Bound.
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