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Cat People (1982)

A young woman's sexual awakening brings horror when she discovers her urges transform her into a monstrous black leopard.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Irena Gallier (as Nastassia Kinski)
Detective Brandt
Ron Diamond ...
Detective Ron Diamond
Bronte Judson
Tessa Richarde ...
Patricia Perkins ...
Taxi Driver
Fausto Barajas ...


The Cat People originated way back in time, when humans sacrificed their women to leopards, who mated with them. Cat People look similar to humans, but must mate with other Cat People before they transform into panthers. Irene Gallier was raised by adoptive parents and meets her older brother Paul for the first time since childhood. We follow brother and sister - who seem to be the only ones of their kind left. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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They are something more than lovers who are about to become something less than human. See more »


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Release Date:

2 April 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La marca de la pantera  »


Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,617,636, 4 April 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Around 1980, French director Roger Vadim was once attached to direct this movie. See more »


When Irena and Alice are in the bar, the ice in their drinks does not float, nor is there any condensation on the glasses, which probably indicates that "prop ice" is being used. See more »


Oliver Yates: [character's first lines] Dr. Yates, New Orleans Zoo. Bill Searle called about a stray cat?
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Why Not Tonight?
Performed by Jimmy Hughes
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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a highly charged, visual, erotic feast that transcends the horror genre
27 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

With "Cat People," Nastassja Kinski indelibly seared her erotic image into the American male psyche. There is no American actress today who would dare take her role in this film. "Cat People" is a landmark film that has never been equaled. Paul Schrader, the director, made this movie his own, turning the original movie upside down. That effort has withstood the test of time that is nearing twenty years and still counting. The film has a visual style that is stunning. Without Nastassja, this film fails. Beginning with a demure, vulnerable character in Irena Gallier, Nastassja transforms herself into a smoldering film presence that spontaneously erupts and torches the screen. With the lone exception of Ruby Dee, none of the supporting cast is capable of withstanding Nastassja's considerable presence, meaning that their character portrayals are quickly forgotten - an effect that separates her from most actresses and is an all too real hazard for most actors appearing in her films. Notorious? Infamous? However one puts it, Nastassja redefined eroticism on screen with not one of today's actresses ever coming close. It is a legendary performance that knows no peer within its genre.

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