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Cat People (1982)

 -  Drama | Fantasy | Horror  -  2 April 1982 (USA)
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A young woman's sexual awakening brings horror when she discovers her urges transform her into a monstrous black leopard.

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Irena Gallier (as Nastassia Kinski)
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Joe Creigh
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Bill Searle
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Detective Ron Diamond
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Ruthie
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Bronte Judson
Tessa Richarde ...
Billie
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Berry Berenson ...
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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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cat people | cat | love | leopard | lust | See more »

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


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2 April 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La marca de la pantera  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 6,305,881 (Sweden)
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This film's director, Paul Schrader, said of this movie: "Previously, I've made films about daydreams - this is my first film about nightmares . . . It's about what goes on when the lights go out - the unconscious world inhabited by erotic fantasies, and what Cocteau [Jean Cocteau] calls the 'sacred monsters' . . . When you're dealing with the fantastic, you need a place where people would accept it (the myth) . . . New Orleans [where this film is set] is one of those towns where you think almost anything can happen - and probably has!" Schrader has also said that this movie "contains more skin than blood". He has said that it is a mythical film rather than a realistic one and has likened the relationship in the movie between Olive and Irina to that like Dante and Beatrice. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Paul Gallier: I didn't think you were ready, but you are. I knew it when I saw you with HIM.
Irena Gallier: Who? Oliver?
Paul Gallier: You want to fuck him, don't you? You dream about fucking him! Your whole body burns, it burns all along your nerves, in your mouth, your breasts... you go wet between your legs.
Irena Gallier: Stop it!
Paul Gallier: Every time it happens... you tell yourself it's love. But it isn't. It's blood. And death. You can't escape your nightmare without me, and I can't escape my nightmare without you. I've waited a long time for you.
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What's New Pussycat?
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Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Sung by 'Ed Begley Jr'
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Great erotic thriller
20 January 2000 | by (Fairfax, VA) – 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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