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Cat People -- Irena is a beautiful young woman entering the new terrain of her sexuality; she discovers love for the first time only to find that the explosive experience brings with it tragic consequences. The tremendous passion of this girl's first romantic love is so strong, however, it bypasses the chaos around her including her brother's extraordinary demands as it pushes her on to her own bizarre destiny.


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DeWitt Bodeen (story)
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Release Date:
2 April 1982 (USA) See more »
An erotic fantasy about the animal in us all. See more »
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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 nomination See more »
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  (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)
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)
Anthony Marinelli .... musician: synthesizer
Anthony Marinelli .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Richard Austin .... driver (as Dick Austin)
Russ Buckens .... transportation captain
Edward Cook .... driver
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)
Anthony Marinelli .... synthesizer programmer
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 | 93 min (TV version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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

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The Irena Dubrovna Reed character played by Nastassja Kinski in this movie is the same character name played by Simone Simon in the original Cat People (1942). Simon was French whereas Kinski is German.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: The straw in Irena's glass disappears and reappears between shots when she is in the bar with Alice. This may not be a goof because at the end of the scene, you see Irena holding the straw between her hands, which suggests that she has been playing with it throughout the scene.See more »
Irena Gallier:I'm not like you.
Paul Gallier:That is the lie that will kill your lover.
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34 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Not as Good as the Original, but Still Interesting, 29 March 2004
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

Like many horror films, `Cat People' has at its centre an inherently absurd concept. The central characters, Irena and Paul, are brother and sister and the descendants of a long line of human/animal hybrids. In their normal form, they are human, but they turn into black panthers whenever they have sex with a normal person (but not when they have sex with one of their own kind). After such a transformation, they can only revert to human form by killing.

Absurdity, however, is not always a bad thing in the context of horror films; indeed, the success or failure of such films frequently depends upon the director's ability to persuade his audience to believe six impossible things before breakfast. Once the ground-rules have been laid down, they have to be developed with strict logic; if this is done convincingly enough, the audience can overlook the fact that those rules are implausible or even impossible. In `Cat People' this is largely achieved. At the start of the film, Irena is an innocent girl, still a virgin and unaware of her true nature. Paul, by contrast, is well aware of the truth, and has no compunction about killing to regain human form after his many promiscuous sexual encounters. Irena finds out the truth about herself after she moves to live with Paul in New Orleans. He proposes that they should have an incestuous relationship as this would mean they were free to indulge themselves sexually without transforming. Irena, however, recoils from the idea of incest, and falls in love with Oliver, a curator at the local zoo.

`Cat People' reminded me of another early eighties horror film, Tony Scott's `The Hunger'. Both are frankly erotic, both have an absurd concept at their core, and both are shot in a self-consciously stylish manner reminiscent of a pop video, aiming for a deliberately aesthetic look. (Another link is that David Bowie, who starred in `The Hunger', sings the song at the end of `Cat People' as the final credits are playing). `Cat People', however, is in my view the better film, precisely because it remains true to the rules inherent in its central concept whereas `The Hunger' does not. To take an example, Catherine Deneuve's character in that film is supposed to be ageless and immortal, yet nevertheless dies at the end. `Cat People' can develop its basic concept without departing from it. Moreover, it develops the idea in such a way as to arouse sympathy for the characters, or at least for Irena. She is confronted with an essentially tragic dilemma; she must either resign herself to a life without the man whom she loves and without any possibility of sexual love, or else become a killer. She is aware of this dilemma, and her conscience is troubled by it. As a result, we find that she is a character with whom we can identify, even though she is only half-human. In `The Hunger', by contrast, the vampires played by Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie have absolutely no conscience about killing in order to feed, and therefore seem more alien.

As she showed in `Tess', Nastassja Kinski has a great ability to suggest a disturbing mixture of innocence and sensuality, and this was much in evidence in `Cat People'. While the film is not on the same level as Polanski's, and does not test her as an actress to the same degree, it probably shows off her beauty to even greater effect. With her lithe, slim figure, her piercing gaze and her short, dark hair, she seems physically perfect for the role of Irena. It would be difficult to think of another actress who could have suggested the feline side of her nature more convincingly. Malcolm McDowell, as Paul, showed that he is much practised in the art of combining the charming with the sinister. John Heard gave a more stolid performance as Oliver, but this was not necessarily a fault; the intention could have been to contrast the safe, conventional Oliver with the dangerous but fascinating Paul.

The film is not as good as the Jacques Tourneur original from 1942, lacking the earlier film's ability to convey mood and emotion through suggestion and nuance. Schrader's film is much more direct and less subtle, but nevertheless it is still worth watching. 6/10.

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