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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:
Brilliant film, but should not be thought of as a remake 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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Runtime:
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:
This remake of Cat People (1982) was made and released around the same time as The Thing from Another World (1951) was being remade as The Thing (1982). Both originals were horror movie classics from the RKO Studio.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: While Ruthie, was screaming "Somebody! Somebody help me!", her lips weren't moving. (After being attacked by the leopard, while crawling down the stairs)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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Take Me Home Tonight (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
Putting Out the FireSee more »

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71 out of 93 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant film, but should not be thought of as a remake, 11 February 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

After looking for years for his long lost sister, Irena Gallier (Nastassja Kinski), Paul (Malcolm McDowell) finally finds her and has her come to New Orleans, where he's currently living. While there, she gradually discovers the truth about their bizarre past and falls for a zoo curator.

First, a caveat. Director Paul Schrader, in his interview on the Cat People DVD, says that he regrets that he didn't just change the name of the film to remove some of the perception that this is a remake of Jacques Tourneur's Cat People from 1942. It is wrong to look at this as a remake. Aside from mostly superficial similarities, Schrader's Cat People really has little to do with the original--no more in common than, say, The Grudge (2004) and The Ring (2002), assuming that "Kayako" from The Grudge would have been named "Samara" instead, or no more similar than any two random vampire films. Irena's first name is the same, there are similarities in her background story and what she is, she visits a zoo, she falls in love with a man with the same first name of "Oliver", and there are maybe two and a half scenes similar to Tourneur's film. That's it. Yes, I'm a fan of Tourneur's film, too--it's my favorite out of his collaborations with producer Val Lewton. But you have to forget about Tourneur's film when watching this one. This is a remarkable work of cinematic art in its own right, with its own story and goals.

Schrader's Cat People deserves a 10 on visual terms alone. The cinematography, production design and lighting are nothing short of genius throughout the film. Almost every shot is one that deserves to be paused and studied. Director of photography John Bailey never ceases to find interesting perspectives, angles and tracking. The sets are elaborate and exquisitely constructed for visual impact. In conjunction with the lighting, the film is mired in a rich, varied palette of colors similar to (and as good as) Dario Argento's best work.

Of course the film is more graphic than Tourneur's--it would be almost impossible for it not to be, both in terms of blood/gore and nudity, and all of that is shot brilliantly as well. The only cinematic instance of blood that I can think of that is as effective as the scene in this film where blood runs by Irena's shoes and down a drain is the shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). The event leading up to this image has more impact of most similar scenes, as well. The copious amounts of nudity throughout the film are never gratuitous (not that I have anything against gratuitous nudity, mind you), but always interestingly blocked, with some grander artistic purpose. These scenes range from creating juxtapositions between prurient voyeurism and horror, to surrender to and (sometimes perverse) domination of animality, to interior psychological conflicts--just look at the ingenious placement of a window frames during a full frontal nudity shot in Oliver's "swamp cabin".

The music--both the score and the incidental songs, are just as good. Most of it is an eerie, synthesized score by Giorgio Moroder. It often approaches the tasty moodiness of Brian Eno's excellent work with David Bowie (Low, Heroes, Lodger), which is perhaps ironic in light of the fact that Bowie contributed a great song for the closing credits. The limited incidental music--such as Jimmy Hughes' "Why Not Tonight?" during the cab ride to the zoo--fits the mood of the film perfectly.

Of course, the film isn't all just visuals and music. There's an intriguing, surreal story here, and great performances from a seemingly odd combination of actors--ranging from Kinski and McDowell to Ed Begley, Jr. and John Laroquette. Setting the film in New Orleans was an inspired choice, as it allowed for eerie voodoo-weirdness ala Angel Heart (1987) and moody swamp vistas ala Down By Law (1986) to seep into the already creepy story. Setting the more dreamlike imagery in a desert (albeit a studio-created desert) also helped draw me into the film, as there is probably no environment I find more aesthetically captivating.

I first saw Cat People as a teen during its theatrical run. I didn't like it near as much then, and that fact caused me to put off re-watching it for a number of years. I think at that time, the film may have been too slow for me, I may not have understood it very well, and I certainly didn't have the visual and overall aesthetic appreciation that I currently have. Now, I think it's a masterpiece--perhaps one of the better films of the 1980s. It's worth checking out at least once, and if you've seen it awhile ago and think you didn't like it so well, it's worth giving a second chance.

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