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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

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


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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

Apparently, director Paul Schrader regretted using the 'Cat People' title after negative reaction to this movie occurred comparing it with the original Cat People (1942). See more »

Goofs

When Paul attacks Irena (at around 50 mins) he tears her top. The tear is large and almost extends to her navel. Subsequently, when Irena removes her jacket at Oliver's place (at around 56 mins), her top is intact. See more »

Quotes

Paul Gallier: Did they ever tell you how our parents died?
Irena Gallier: Yes.
Paul Gallier: What did they tell you about me?
Irena Gallier: Well, not much. I knew I had a brother but I was only four. I used to fantasize about you when I was in the orphanage.
Paul Gallier: Fantasize?
Irena Gallier: Well, you know, about you coming to rescue me and things. Daydreams.
Paul Gallier: Yes, I had the same dreams.
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Referenced in Take Me Home Tonight (2011) See more »

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Why Not Tonight?
Performed by Jimmy Hughes
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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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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