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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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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:
Not as good as the original but still worth watching See more (104 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)
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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Runtime:
118 min | 93 min (TV version)
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Trivia:
On Oliver's nightstand there's a copy of the book "Mishima: A Biography." Director Paul Schrader would a few years later go on to direct qv_ Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)_ based in part on that biography.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
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 Fire (Theme from Cat People)See more »

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29 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Not as good as the original but still worth watching, 7 May 2004
Author: sol1218 from brooklyn NY

****SPOILERS**** Paul Schrader's remake of the 1942 horror classic "Cat People" this time set in New Orleans La. not in New York City. Irena Gallier, Nastassja Kinski, comes to live with her older brother Paul, Malcolm McDowell, in the hot and sweltering southern city. Feeling for the first time in her life wanted Irena was orphaned at the age of four when her parents killed themselves. She spent her formidable years in and out of orphanages and it wasn't until her brother tracked her down that she fond a home of her own in Louisiana. It turns out later in the movie that what Paul wants from her is more then what Irena is willing to give him.

Nastassja Kinski in one of her most sexiest roles is both seductive and innocent as Irena and gives the film the electricity that keeps the movie going even though the cast has trouble keeping up with her performance at times. Malcolm McDowell is both creepy and unnerving as Irena's older brother Paul who's like a Tom-Cat in heat during the entire movie having no trouble getting women for his sexual pleasures. Paul also ends up murdering them because of his submerged animal instincts that those affairs bring to the surface. John Heard, Oliver Yates, is very good as the zoo curator and Irena's frustrated lover who Irena, who loves him, avoids having an affair with Oliver in order not to be forced to kill him. Annette O'Toole, Alice Perrin, is also very good in a small but important role as Oliver's co-worker in the New Orleans Zoo. Alice later becomes the focus of Irena's jealousy and resentment for being the woman who's standing between Oliver and her.

The movie recreates a number of scenes from the 1942 version with the cat-like woman coming up to Irena at a bar, in the first film it was at Irena's wedding party, and greets her in a foreign language calling her "My sister" or, what it obviously meant, fellow cat person. There's also the classic indoor swimming pool scene with Alice. This time around with Alice being topless which of course she couldn't have been in the 1942 version due to the censorship of nude scenes by the Hollywood Watchdog Hayes Commision. Alice taking a swim in the indoor swimming pool has the lights suddenly shut off and what seemed to be some kind of big cat in the shadows hounding her in the dark.

Unlike the original movie the new version of "Cat People" has a number of extremely gory scenes that are really shocking. With the black leopard in the movie who both Irena and Paul turn into being so horrific and terrifying that he makes the villains in horror/slashers movies today look as scary as Pee Wee Herman in comparison. With his eerie green eyes and ferocious and deadly fangs and claws you just cringe with fear every time the big cat comes on the screen. There's a blood splattered sequence where the enraged leopard grabs the zoo-keeper's Joe Creigh's, Ed Bagley Jr, arm between the bars of his cage. The sight of the big cat, who was really Paul, going wild when as saw Joe together with Irena, his sister, was one of the most terrifying scenes I've even seen in a motion picture. Joe foolishly tried to settle the leopard down with an electric prong as the dangerous feline suddenly and cat-like grabbed and ripped Joe's arm off with the ease as if it was attached to his body with just a rubber band. The frighting thing about the leopard's actions is that, unlike the killers in most horror films, it was so realistic knowing that a big dangerous jungle cat like that can do that in real life just like in the movies.

Even though Paul Schrader's "Cat People" doesn't in any way measure up to the original the ending was more interesting and innovative with Irena not being killed and Oliver ending up together with her instead of leaving Irena for Alice like Oliver did in the 1942 movie. In the end of the movie we see that Oliver finally accepts Irena for what she is with the knowledge that the only way he can be with her is between the bars that separate them.

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