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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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

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Irena Gallier (as Nastassia Kinski)
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Detective Brandt
Ron Diamond ...
Detective Ron Diamond
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Ruthie
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Bronte Judson
Tessa Richarde ...
Billie
Patricia Perkins ...
Taxi Driver
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Sandra
Fausto Barajas ...
Otis
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Storyline

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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An erotic fantasy about the animal in us all. See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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2 April 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La marca de la pantera  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$7,000,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Irena Dubrovna Reed character played by Nastassja Kinski in this movie is the same character name played by Simone Simon in the original Cat People (1942). Simon was French whereas Kinski is German. See more »

Goofs

When Ed Begley, Jr.'s character is feeding the tigers, the horse meat bag goes from empty then to half full with the tiger grabbing at it. See more »

Quotes

Paul Gallier: Long ago, our ancestors sacrificed their children to the leopards. The souls of the children grew inside the leopards, until the leopards became human. We were gods then.
Paul Gallier: We are a incestuous race. We can only make love with our own, otherwise we transform. And before we can become human again, we must kill.
Paul Gallier: Welcome home.
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Connections

Referenced in Underground: The Julian Assange Story (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

What's New Pussycat?
(uncredited)
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Sung by Ed Begley Jr.
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Great erotic thriller
20 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

"Cat People" is one of those movies that, by all rights, shouldn't be shown on network TV. That's not a comment on quality; it's one of the best erotic thrillers ever made (next to "The Hunger"). But when you have a movie where, for the last half hour, the female lead is mostly undressed ... how can you *show* the last half of the movie?

Very simply stated, they *don't* show it. I tried to watch Cat People on USA or some other network one night, and the last half hour had been cut down to about five minutes and made absolutely no sense. Worse, I was watching it with someone who had never seen it before, and when it was over, she was thoroughly confused and unimpressed.

So, number one: See this movie, if you haven't already! And number two, when you do ... rent or buy the video, or catch a revival on one of the premium cable channels.


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