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Director:
Writers:
DeWitt Bodeen (story)
Alan Ormsby (screenplay)
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Release Date:
2 April 1982 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
An erotic fantasy about the animal in us all. See more »
Plot:
A young woman's sexual awakening brings horror when she discovers her urges transform her into a monstrous black leopard. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
on its own terms it's 'moody', creepy, and also campy See more (102 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Nastassja Kinski ... Irena Gallier (as Nastassia Kinski)

Malcolm McDowell ... Paul Gallier

John Heard ... Oliver Yates

Annette O'Toole ... Alice Perrin

Ruby Dee ... Female

Ed Begley Jr. ... Joe Creigh

Scott Paulin ... Bill Searle

Frankie Faison ... Detective Brandt
Ron Diamond ... Detective Ron Diamond
Lynn Lowry ... Ruthie

John Larroquette ... Bronte Judson
Tessa Richarde ... Billie
Patricia Perkins ... Taxi Driver
Berry Berenson ... Sandra
Fausto Barajas ... Otis
John H. Fields ... Massage Parlor Manager
Emery Hollier ... Yeatman Brewer
Stephen Marshal ... Moonie

Robert Pavlovich ... Ted (as Robert Pavlovitch)
Julie Denney ... Carol
Arione De Winter ... Indian Village Mother

Francine Segal ... Church Woman
Don Hood ... Train Station Agent
David Showacre ... Man in Bar
Neva Gage ... Cat-Like Woman
Marisa Folse ... Indian Girl
Danelle Hand ... Indian Girl
John C. Isbell ... Police Officer
Roger E. Reid ... Policeman (as Roger Reid)
Charles Joseph Konya Jr. ... Policeman

Marco St. John ... Policeman
Brett Alexander ... Cub Scout
Gregory Gatto ... Cub Scout
Terc Martinez ... Cub Scout
David Ross McCarty ... Man in Airport
Harry Hauss ... First Helicopter Pilot (as Harold D. Hauss)
James Deeth ... Second Helicopter Pilot

Ray Wise ... Soap Opera Man
Jo Ann Dearing ... Soap Opera Woman
The Black Pope ... D.J. (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Blackwell ... Staring Man on Bus (uncredited)
Craig Deroche ... Homeless Person (uncredited)
Stocker Fontelieu ... Priest (uncredited)
Elisha Rapson ... Girl Scout / Zoo Visitor (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Schrader 
 
Writing credits
DeWitt Bodeen (story)

Alan Ormsby (screenplay)

Paul Schrader  uncredited

Produced by
Jerry Bruckheimer .... executive producer
Charles W. Fries .... producer (as Charles Fries)
Nanette Siegert .... associate producer
Max Rosenberg .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Giorgio Moroder 
 
Cinematography by
John Bailey 
 
Film Editing by
Jacqueline Cambas 
Jere Huggins 
Ned Humphreys 
 
Casting by
Mary Goldberg 
 
Art Direction by
Edward Richardson 
 
Set Decoration by
Bruce Weintraub 
 
Costume Design by
Daniel Paredes 
 
Makeup Department
Lance Anderson .... effects makeup artist
Janice D. Brandow .... hair stylist
Thomas R. Burman .... special makeup effects designer and creator (as Tom Burman)
Bari Dreiband-Burman .... effects makeup artist (as Bari Dreiband)
Leonard Engelman .... makeup artist
Edouard F. Henriques .... effects makeup artist (as Eddie Henriques)
Tom Hoerber .... effects makeup artist
Mike Menzel .... effects makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Bill Badalato .... unit production manager (as William Badalato)
Tom Jacobson .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Dillon .... dga trainee
Stephen P. Dunn .... second assistant director
Michael Grillo .... first assistant director (as Michael F. Grillo)
Bud S. Smith .... second unit director (as Bud Smith)
 
Art Department
Larry Clark Bird .... set designer (as Lawrence Bird)
Lauren Cory .... set designer
Erin M. Cummins .... set designer (as Erin Cummins)
Lee Ezzes .... swing gang
John Goss .... propmaker
Richard Greene .... greensman
Casey Hallenbeck .... swing gang (as Casey C. Hallenbeck)
Kirk D. Hansen .... painter (as Kirk Hansen)
Peter Ivy .... construction foreman (as Pete Ivy)
Tim James .... propmaker
Daniel Loren May .... leadman (as Dan May)
Richard Mazzotti .... greensman
Nick Navarro .... set designer (as Nicanor Navarro)
Jeannine Oppewall .... set designer
Jeff Passanante .... carpenter foreman
Nancy Patton .... set designer
Vic Petrotta Jr. .... property master (as Victor Petrotta)
Clarence Lynn Price .... construction coordinator (as Lynn Price)
H. John Ramos .... assistant props (as John Ramos)
Ray Rarick .... propmaker
Mike Rutgard .... assistant props
Ferdinando Scarfiotti .... visual consultant
Bob Shaw .... painter
James Sircy .... propmaker
Jack G. Taylor Jr. .... assistant art director (as Jack Taylor)
Maurice Zuberano .... illustrator
Robert Misetich .... painter (uncredited)
Curtis A. Schnell .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor
Larry Carow .... sound editor
Louis L. Edemann .... sound editor
Richard C. Franklin .... sound editor (as Richard Franklin)
David W. Gray .... stereo sound engineer: Dolby
Robert L. Hoyt .... sound re-recordist
Jack Manning .... special synthesized sound effects
Scott Mathews .... special sound effects
Chris McLaughlin .... sound
Ron Nagle .... special sound effects
Stanley H. Polinsky .... sound re-recordist
Brian Reeves .... sound consultant
Hank Salerno .... loop dialogue editor
Norman B. Schwartz .... post-production dialogue
John J. Stephens .... sound re-recordist
Jim Stuebe .... cable person (as Jim Steube)
James E. Webb .... sound (as Jim Webb)
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ellis Burman Jr. .... animated artifacts creator (as Ellis Burman)
Kathie Clark .... effects wardrobe (as Kathy Clark)
Tom Del Genio .... special effects
Pat Domenico .... special effects
Allen Hall .... animated artifacts creator (as Allan Hall)
Karl G. Miller .... special effects (as Karl Miller)
Bob Williams .... animated artifacts creator
James Cummins .... lab technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Robert Blalack .... catvision optical effects
Syd Dutton .... matte artist
Dennis Glouner .... matte photography
Bill Taylor .... matte photography
Albert Whitlock .... special visual effects
Max W. Anderson .... visual effects (uncredited)
Mark Madel .... visual effects (uncredited)
Chris Regan .... optical supervisor (uncredited)
Henry Schoessler .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Brad Bovee .... stunts
Angeline Brown .... stunts
Vince Deadrick Jr. .... stunts
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunts
Mark Dumas .... stunts (as Mark Weiner)
Madeleine Klein .... stunts
Beth Nufer .... stunts (as Beth Nuffer)
Ron Oxley .... stunts
Walter Scott .... stunt coordinator
Mike Tillman .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William D. Barber .... assistant camera: New Orleans (as Bill Barker)
Michael W. Blymyer .... electrician (as Michael Blymyer)
Doug Cook .... best boy grip
Ed Cooper .... best boy
Clyde Hart .... key grip
Richard Kamins .... electrician
Jeffrey L. Kimball .... director of photography: second unit (as Jeffrey Kimball)
Joel Kirschner .... second assistant camera
Ann Lukacs .... assistant camera: New Orleans
Ronald W. McLeish .... gaffer (as Ronald McLeish)
Michael Orefice .... electrician
Mike 'Chewie' Pappas .... electrician
Jeffrey W. Petersen .... electrician (as Jeffrey Petersen)
Dennis Rotta .... dolly grip
John R. Shannon .... still photographer
Wes Tansey .... grip
Joseph F. Valentine .... camera operator: second unit (as Joe Valentine)
Bill Venegas .... grip
Paul Vombrack .... director of photography: New Orleans (as Paul Vom Brack)
Richard Walden .... first assistant camera
Lito White .... camera operator: New Orleans
Steve Yaconelli .... camera operator
James Zenk .... still photographer: New Orleans (as Jim Zenk)
Doug Mathias .... gaffer (second unit) (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sharon Benson .... atmosphere casting: Indians
Sharon Benson .... extras casting
Karl Brindle .... atmosphere casting
Rick Landry .... local casting: New Orleans
David Rubin .... casting assistant
Tina Scott .... casting assistant
Irene Terrell .... atmosphere casting: Indians
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandy Berke Jordan .... costume supervisor (as Sandra Berke)
Robert Chase .... costume supervisor
Hugo Peña .... set costumer (as Hugo Pena)
 
Editorial Department
Ross Albert .... associate film editor
Craig Bassett .... assistant film editor
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Jack Garsha .... color timer
Phil Hetos .... color consultant
Bud S. Smith .... supervising film editor
 
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music editor (as Robert Badami)
Brian Banks .... synthesizer programmer
Sylvester Levay .... orchestrator (as Sylvester Levai)
 
Transportation Department
Richard Austin .... driver (as Dick Austin)
Russ Buckens .... transportation captain
Jack Daniels .... transportation captain: New Orleans
Steve Hellerstein .... transportation captain
Kenneth Strong .... driver (as Ken Strong)
 
Other crew
Donald Allavesen .... first aid: New Orleans
Billy Badalato .... production assistant
Fred Baron .... location manager: New Orleans
Patti Bosworth .... assistant to executive producer
Nick Chiarolanzio .... location auditor: New Orleans
Beverly Davis .... assistant: Paul Schrader
Craig Deman .... production assistant
Mark Dumas .... animal trainer (as Mark Weiner)
Stuart Fink .... publicity coordinator
Susan Goldberg .... production assistant
Arnold Goodwin .... title designer
Luca Kouimelis .... script supervisor
Alan J. Lam .... location auditor: New Orleans (as Alan Lam)
Steve Martin .... animal trainer
Joan Merlo .... production secretary: New Orleans
Kiki Morris .... assistant: Paul Schrader (as Katherine Morris)
Charles Newirth .... production assistant
Ron Oxley .... animal coordinator
Todd Pavlin .... location manager: New Orleans
Renee Perrin .... location manager: New Orleans
Willie Radcliff .... craft service (as Willie Radcliffe)
Nanette Siegert .... production associate
Wilbur Stark .... executive consultant
Peter Weiss .... assistant: Paul Schrader
Corey Burton .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Charles Newirth .... location manager (uncredited)
 

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118 min
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Brazil:16 | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1988) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1982) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Final Hollywood studio film for a time for director Paul Schrader.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:
Irena Gallier:I'm not like you.
Paul Gallier:That is the lie that will kill your lover.
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Soundtrack:
Putting Out the FireSee more »

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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
on its own terms it's 'moody', creepy, and also campy, 7 July 2009
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

What made Paul Schrader tackle this production I'm not sure. In a year when John Carpenter was doing his rendition of the short story, not even entirely so much the film, of The Thing, Schrader and his screenwriter decided to go back to the source of one of those stories no one really reads but pretends they have when in reality it's the original film everyone remembers. But this is an opposite case of Carpenters: where the original The Thing was, arguably, not really the masterpiece everyone remembers (albeit influential), the remake truly was. Jacques Tourner and Val Lewton crafted one of those quintessential horror films that scares precisely because how little we see of the actual panther on camera, while Schrader's film, actually, isn't a masterpiece of horror, not quite close at all really. And it's not even because Schrader decided to show the cat on screen, many times over (maybe it's a leopard, they look similar but it's closer to panther to me).

No, it's a different film due to permissiveness of the time period (it's the 80s vs the 40s, so this time we get plenty of nudity, "bad" language, and the Giorgio Moroder musical accompaniment which has dated pretty terribly), and with its subject matter being far more based on the romantic than in the original film. It's a strange effort this Cat People, where incest even comes into question (or rather it's right out in the open, at least between the two parties), the look and feel of New Orleans and the Bayou becomes another character, and the characterizations become enhanced by the mere presence of Malcolm McDowell's inimitable face and Nastassja Kinski's irrepressible sexual charisma on camera. Not to say she can't act, since she can hold her own very well even when she's seemingly doing not much except walking naked through a field at night or, um, walking naked in a room or, you know, not naked in a swimming pool.

How much is actually taken from the original Tourner film or the short story I really can't say for certain. The pool scene is the only one I can recall specifically lifted from the original (and, not too sorry to say, 42 for the win on that one). But comparisons can get too petty in this instance, perhaps, since Schrader's goal is to analyze the characters in this setting, what sex and desire and the psychology of a were-cat does to a person, or to people who realize what they're capable of, as opposed to just simple horror. Schrader's direction has some genuine moments of thrill, or just plain artistic satisfaction, like a not-so simple composition of a tracking shot of one of the hookers walking along on a street at night at her foot level. I'm even reminded of De Palma, whom Schrader worked with once before.

But at the same time, for all of the versatility of the actors, and the occasional moments of surreal imagination, there's also much camp as well (Ed Begley's character's fate for example) and a few really cheesy parts or just scenes that don't work or, perhaps, are too saddled with a need to push the button of sex on film. It's a hot number that works well, more or less, and would take a deeper analysis to dissect than I can give it right now. It's respectable, at the least.

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