Cat People (1982)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Irena Gallier (as Nastassia Kinski)
Joe Creigh
Bill Searle
Ron Diamond ...
Detective Ron Diamond
Bronte Judson
Tessa Richarde ...
Patricia Perkins ...
Taxi Driver
Berry Berenson ...
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 <>

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An erotic fantasy for the animal in us all. 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)


SEK 6,305,881 (Sweden)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti was credited as a Visual Consultant because he was not a member of the relevant union at the time. See more »


Paul juggles with three balls. He throws the yellow one to Irena. She catches a blue one. Then he throws the yellow ball a second time. See more »


Irena Gallier: I'm not like you.
Paul Gallier: That is the lie that will kill your lover.
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References Candid Camera (1948) See more »


Putting Out the Fire (Theme from Cat People)
Music Written by Giorgio Moroder
Lyrics Written and Performed by David Bowie
Arranged by Anthony Marinelli (uncredited)
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Schrader remake - on fire, with gasoline.
23 October 2012 | by (Trondheim, Norway) – See all my reviews

Erotic thriller with Nastassja Kinski starring as a young female who's gone searching for her own, inner self. In many ways a remake of the 1942 original, but also in many ways not a remake - a film that stands its own ground, this has a quality of sexual awakening and excitement that the original didn't have. Fabulous music by Giorgio Moroder (also featured is David Bowie's hit-single "Putting Out the Fire") accompanies many of the bloody and sexually occupied scenes that hammers on like they belonged in a artsy-fartsy porn flick. Kinskis performance at the center is typically her: odd, tactless, awkward, outlandish and sensual - in other words, highly enjoyable. She's fantastically beautiful, and she moves through a New Orleans during the fall, shot by John Bailey. And even though the level of thrills ain't always sky-high, the film has a charm and atmosphere that makes it a interesting, stylish and sexy cult picture.

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