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

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Irena Gallier (as Nastassia Kinski)
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Female
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Joe Creigh
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Bill Searle
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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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$18,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the scene where Alice introduces herself to Irena in the zoo's gift shop, Irena's hair has a perm that's not seen in any scene before or afterward. See more »

Quotes

Oliver Yates: [character's first lines] Dr. Yates, New Orleans Zoo. Bill Searle called about a stray cat?
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Connections

References Bambi (1942) 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 (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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