The Cat from Outer Space (1978)

G  |   |  Comedy, Sci-Fi  |  9 June 1978 (USA)
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A UFO is stranded on earth and impounded by the US government. Its pilot, a cat with a collar that has special powers, including the ability to allow the cat to communicate with humans, has... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse White ...
Earnest Ernie
Dr. Wenger
Dr. Heffel
Jake - voice / Sgt. Duffy
Capt. Anderson
Howard Platt ...
Col. Woodruff (as Howard T. Platt)
Mr. Olympus
Ralph Manza ...
Tom Pedi ...
Honest Harry


A UFO is stranded on earth and impounded by the US government. Its pilot, a cat with a collar that has special powers, including the ability to allow the cat to communicate with humans, has eluded the authorities and needs the help of a man named Frank in order to reclaim and repair his ship to get back home. Written by LVJeff

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A close encounter of the 'furred' kind! See more »


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9 June 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Gato que Veio do Espaço  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.75 : 1
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Jake the cat was played by two different Abyssinian cats: Rumple and his sister, Amber. See more »


The amount of candy in the big jar on the bar changes after Frank floats. See more »


Dr. Elizabeth 'Liz' Bartlett: But I don't have a parachute!
Mr. Charlie Olympus: Then you have a problem.
Mr. Stallwood: But I don't have a parachute either!
Mr. Charlie Olympus: Then you have the same problem.
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It's a campy kid's movie from the late 70s, get over it critics!
11 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was one of my earliest memories of childhood and a fond one at that.

This was Disney making a sci fi movie fit for children, it's cute, it's campy, it's not meant to be an Oscar-grabbing masterpiece of acting, effects, or even plot. If Disney had produce the pinnacle of special effects, acting and storyline for its day, everyone would trash it as being either too complex, or unsuitable for children. Disney makes movies for kids, that's what they do. Deal with it.

Kids would be frightened by a true alien being, so a cat is a suitable substitute, makes for a warm cuddly visual even. The story had to be simple or kids wouldn't and couldn't follow it.

Those who want to critique this film as though it were high art need to get over it. If a 6 year old needs to be handed Masterpiece Theater to properly entertain them, there is something very wrong indeed.

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