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Cat Murkil and the Silks (1976)

R | | Crime, Drama | July 1976 (USA)
A street-gang member kills the gang's leader and blames it on a rival gang.


(as John Bushelman)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie 'Cat' Murkil
Kelly Yaegermann ...
Joey Murkil
Detective Harder
Detective Lambert (as Douglas McGrath)
Meegan King ...
Don Carter ...
Joe Renteria ...
Carlos Garvanza (as Joe Reteria)
Jackie Chapman ...
Miss Plimpton
Felicity Tagliabue ...
Mrs. Plimpton
Ruth Manning ...
Mrs. Murkil
Ricardo Militi ...
Gary Wild ...
Buddy Kling ...
Principal Leeds


A street-gang member kills the gang's leader and blames it on a rival gang.

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Punks on the move...diggin' the girls...raisin' hell...havin' fun and...Cruisin' High. See more »


Crime | Drama


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July 1976 (USA)  »

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Cruisin' High  »

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This movie was filmed in Santa Maria, California. See more »


Slow Down Baby
Sung by Hollingsworth
Words and Music by Mark Hollingsworth, Bernie Kaai Lewis, William C. Thomas
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Jaw Dropping. Worst Miscast Lead Actor EVER
2 May 2005 | by (L.A. CA) – See all my reviews

Wow - this movie is unbelievable. The tone of the whole thing is so Jeckyl and Hyde - you have to laugh. The film opens with grave quotes from law enforcement experts on how teen gangs are the "corrosive acid to our society" and so on, and then the movie opens with a bunch teen gang members driving around to a song so non-threatening, so soft, so flaccid that it is unintentionally hilarious. The song "Baby, Slow Down" sounds like soft rock that even Firefall wouldn't sing.But the best part is the lead role - this guy is supposed to be this dangerous, seething guy capable of rape, murder, etc. and the "actor" who plays Cat looks like he should be singing Godspell or Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He's blonde, blue eyed and slightly effeminate - so its a riot when he's threatening black drug dealers or knife wielding Mexicans - this is the kind of movie where some of the supposed high schoolers are played by people who look thirty (like the guys in shower who are knifed). One interesting side note - a young John Ashton plays a high school coach who might have "seen something" - he's easily the best actor in the film (and there is plenty of bad acting) but Ashton went on to big hits like Beverly Hills Cop (he's Judge Reinholds, grumpy partner) and Midnight Run (where he's the sleazy bounty hunter competing with DeNiro). The film is filled with wimpy guys doing Grease talk, mixed in with Bowery Boys and yet some harsh violence. A mess. A weird mess.

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