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Release Date:
9 June 1978 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ken Berry ... Frank

Sandy Duncan ... Liz

Harry Morgan ... General Stilton

Roddy McDowall ... Mr. Stallwood

McLean Stevenson ... Link

Jesse White ... Earnest Ernie

Alan Young ... Dr. Wenger

Hans Conried ... Dr. Heffel

Ronnie Schell ... Jake - voice / Sgt. Duffy

James Hampton ... Capt. Anderson
Howard Platt ... Col. Woodruff (as Howard T. Platt)

William Prince ... Mr. Olympus
Ralph Manza ... Weasel
Tom Pedi ... Honest Harry

Hank Jones ... Officer

Rick Hurst ... Dydee Guard
John Alderson ... Mr. Smith
Tiger Joe Marsh ... Omar
Arnold Soboloff ... NASA Executive
Mel Carter ... 1st Soldier

Dal McKennon ... Farmer (as Dallas McKennon)
Alice Backes ... Farmer's Wife
Henry Slate ... Sandwich Man
Roger Pancake ... Red
Roger Price ... 1st E.R.L. Expert

Jerry Fujikawa ... 2nd E.R.L. Expert
Jim Begg ... Dydee Driver
Peter Renaday ... Bailiff (as Pete Renaday)
Rickie Sorensen ... Technician (as Rick Sorensen)
Tom Jackman ... Army Engineer
Fred L. Whalen ... Sarasota Slim
Joseph G. Medalis ... Sucker (as Joe Medalis)

Gil Stratton ... 1st NASA Scientist
Jana Milo ... 2nd NASA Scientist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sorrell Booke ... Presiding Judge (uncredited)
Jackson Bostwick ... Additional Voices (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Tokar 
Writing credits
Ted Key (written by)

Produced by
Ron Miller .... producer
Norman Tokar .... co-producer
Jan Williams .... associate producer
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
Cinematography by
Charles F. Wheeler (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Cotton Warburton 
Art Direction by
E. Preston Ames  (as Preston Ames)
John B. Mansbridge 
Set Decoration by
Norman Rockett 
Makeup Department
Lola Kemp .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist
Production Management
John D. Bloss .... production manager (as John Bloss)
Christopher N. Seiter .... unit production manager (as Christopher Seiter)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Carroll .... second assistant director (as William Carroll)
Gene Sultan .... assistant director
Arthur J. Vitarelli .... second unit director
Art Department
Eric A. Hulett .... set dresser (uncredited)
Bob McLing .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ben Hendricks .... sound editor (as Ben F. Hendricks)
Bud Maffett .... sound mixer
Herb Taylor .... sound supervisor
George Fredrick .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Art Cruickshank .... special effects
Danny Lee .... special effects
Eustace Lycett .... special effects
Gary D'Amico .... special effects (uncredited)
Mike Edmonson .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Allen Hurd .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Hans Metz .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Mike Reedy .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Harrison Ellenshaw .... matte artist (as P.S. Ellenshaw)
Jerry Brutsche .... stunt player (as Gerald Brutsche)
Fred Dale .... stunt player
Bob Harris .... stunt player
Julie Ann Johnson .... stunt player
Carey Loftin .... stunt player
Regis Parton .... stunt player (as Reg Parton)
Walter Robles .... stunt player
Tom Steele .... stunt player
Jack Verbois .... stunt player
Dick Warlock .... stunt coordinator (as Richard Warlock)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rexford L. Metz .... photography: second unit (as Rexford Metz)
Dan Delgado .... best boy (uncredited)
Peter McEvoy .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Louis Niemeyer .... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chuck Keehne .... costumes
Emily Sundby .... costumes
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Other crew
Gary Bertz .... pilot
Rudy Cowl .... animal trainer
Thomas H. Friedkin .... pilot (as Tom Friedkin)
James W. Gavin .... pilot (as Gavin James)
Frank L. Pine .... pilot (as Frank Pine)
Ross Reynolds .... pilot
Don Spinney .... animal trainer
Frank Tallman .... pilot
Crew believed to be complete

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104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

Jake the cat was played by two different Abyssinian cats: Rumple and his sister, Amber.See more »
Revealing mistakes: As the biplane first lifts off you can see the cable used to lift it.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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14 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
"B-b-but your lips aren't moving, I mean, you're not speaking", 1 June 2000
Author: The_Movie_Cat from England

The Cat From Outer Space was a troubled shoot, with a severe personality clash between it's two stars.

The film involves, as you might guess from the title, a cat. From outer space. Except the cat, "Jake", looks suspiciously like an Earth cat. If this were modern-day Disney then sophisticated CGI would be used to at least make Jake's mouth move. Yet this was 1978 and we had to settle for Jake being "telepathic" and looking in vaguely the right direction.

But while Jake – played by two cats, a boy and a girl – may act on cue, his body language tells a different story. Whenever he/she is picked up by Frank (Ken Berry), Jake's tail flashes furiously, despite the on-screen buddy-buddy nature of their relationship. I don't know what Berry made of Jake, but it's obvious the cat wasn't his biggest fan and didn't like being handled.

I imagine that Hollywood egos came into effect, Jake demanding a bigger trailer. The sex, the drinking, the catnip. Finally, his claim that "I'm worth $20 million a picture" would have sunk his movie star prospects.

Berry went on to appear in Featherstone's Nest, The Golden Girls and The Legend of Forrest Tucker. For Jake (Rumpler/Amber), this amiable, likeable family comedy was the only role in his short-lived career.

FILM'S LASTING INSPIRATION: A scene where Jake the alien cat is in the basket of a (motor)bike ridden by Frank and makes it fly in the air to avoid capture. Mr. Spielberg, were you watching?

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