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The Cat from Outer Space
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Release Date:
9 June 1978 (USA) See more »
Mysterious visitor with unknown powers on our planet for supplies.... A six-pack of tuna? See more »
A UFO is stranded on earth and impounded by the US government. Its pilot, a cat with a collar that has special powers... See more » | Full synopsis »
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They don't to make movies like this any more! See more (25 total) »


  (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
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?

Sorrell Booke's final film performance.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In the early scenes, when Jake the cat is demonstrating the light-up collar's power to Frank, you can sometimes see the two thin power wires connected to the light up collar running along side of the cat.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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
They don't to make movies like this any more!, 28 December 2005
Author: Seiyatheleaper from Trieste, Italy

I've watched this movie when I was a kid and loved it, now I'm 25 and I watched it again yesterday and loved it even more! OK, so it might be simplistic and naive, but it's good old-style Disney. OK, so the cat who comes from a Galaxy far far away looks exactly like an Earth cat, and speaks perfect English. So what? You can't spend 1 hour in a 1 and a half hour film showing the cat and the human trying to "understand each other" and a "universal translator" would be just as stupid. So forget that, accept it, and enjoy the story! Some of the funny stuff probably works better for kids then for adults, but it still makes you smile. The cat talks, but no stupid and ugly 3D/puppet moving mouth, just good old fashioned training and snacks behind camera to make him "act" perfectly! And he does: a close-up on his face and his stare makes you BELIEVE that he is talking. There are some goofs and some mistakes, sometimes you see a puppet-cat (for stunts!)which is obviously a puppet, but it's still a very enjoyable movie for all ages! I just wish they made more of these films now!

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