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July 1976 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

David Kyle ... Eddie 'Cat' Murkil
Kelly Yaegermann ... Claudine

Steve Bond ... Joey Murkil

Rhodes Reason ... Detective Harder

Doug McGrath ... Detective Lambert (as Douglas McGrath)
Meegan King ... Marble
Don Carter ... Bumps

Derrel Maury ... Punch
Joe Renteria ... Carlos Garvanza (as Joe Reteria)
Jackie Chapman ... Miss Plimpton
Felicity Tagliabue ... Mrs. Plimpton
Ruth Manning ... Mrs. Murkil
Ricardo Militi ... Moss
Gary Wild ... Bright
Buddy Kling ... Principal Leeds

John Ashton ... Coach Larkin
Jaimie Jotelloh ... Spooner
Lee Turnmire ... Mr. Foster
Enoch Johnson ... Needle

Doodles Weaver ... Kelso
Gregory Castillo ... Davila
Ben Polando ... Garcia
Victoria Risk ... Landlady (as Vicki Risk)
Louisa Thomas ... Clerk
Pat Geiger ... Mrs. Crocker
Myron Griffin ... Minister
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Damian ... Sylk (uncredited)

Directed by
John A. Bushelman  (as John Bushelman)
Writing credits
William C. Thomas (written by)

Produced by
William C. Thomas .... producer
Original Music by
Bernie Kaai Lewis 
Cinematography by
Bruce Logan (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Jeff Bushelman 
Makeup Department
Patricia Hutchence .... makeup artist (as Pat Hutchence)
Tina Lewis .... makeup artist
Production Management
Peter Macgregor-Scott .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Miles Tilton .... second assistant director
Art Department
Gene Wernikoff .... property master (as Gino Wernikoff)
Sound Department
William B. Kaplan .... sound mixer (as William Kaplan)
Earl Sampson .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Roger George .... special effects
Ron Stein .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Brink Brydon .... best boy
Jim De Perna .... gaffer (as James DePerna)
Jeff Gilliam .... best boy
Paul Hipp .... camera operator
Ron Johnson .... assistant camera
Brent Kruse .... second assistant camera
Bob McVay .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Llandys Williams .... wardrobe
Other crew
Larry Hilbrand .... dialogue director
Barbara Hodous .... production secretary
Buddy Kling .... production coordinator
Jose Marquez .... production assistant
Jeanie Said .... script supervisor (as Jean Said)

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Also Known As:
"Cruisin' High" - USA (reissue title)
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102 min
Sound Mix:
USA:R | West Germany:18 (SPIO: X) (cut)

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Cheesy little tinpot delinquency flick still holds some relevance., 31 January 2006
Author: EyeAskance from fabulous Las Vega$!

Okay....I suppose there was never a time when CAT MURKIL AND THE SILKS would have been called a good movie. It has become a camp-value mini-classic with its 30-year vintage, yet the subject matter at hand, although presented in a way we might see as naive today, retains significance in modern times.

No-good, scrawny little punk "Cat" Murkil is the unlikely leader of a honky high school gang who wreak terror on anyone standing in the way of their juvenile-delinquent hijinks. Pitted against gangs of other races from various parts of town, they find themselves in a revolving door of violent paybacks in a blood-soaked kiddie gang war.

With performances ranging from awful to adequate, and rather poorly paced, this low-budget curiosity piece is best viewed by patient bad movie fans. While far from the worst film I have ever seen(with a few pretty good moments), this ranks a meager 4/10, offered with hesitant charity.

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