Cat Chaser (1989)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  20 October 1989 (Portugal)
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A Miami hotel owner finds danger when be becomes romantically involved with the wife of a deposed general from the Dominican Republic where he fought many years back.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Moran
Mary DeBoya
Jiggs Scully
Nolen Tyner
Andres DeBoya
Jerry Shea
Tony Bolano ...
Adrianne Sachs ...
Anita DeBoya
Mario Prado (as Robert Escobar)
Luci Palma (as Maria M. Ruperto)
Vivian Addison ...
Maid Lula
Brooke Becker ...
Fara Schiller ...


An American veteran (Weller) of the Dominican Republic intervention (LBJ era) is running a hotel in Miami, and is trying to put the memories of the intervention behind him. He gets involved with a former Dominican Republic general's wife (McGillis). He then gets duped through a series of intricate plot twists into helping a group of people trying to rip the general off. Based on the novel by Elmore Leonard. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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20 October 1989 (Portugal)  »

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Kelly McGillis has cited the film as discouragement from pursuing acting. She hates the film and did not have a good experience during filming. See more »


Referenced in A Short Film About the Long Career of Abel Ferrara (2004) See more »


Performed by CHICK COREA and Mark Isham
Written by CHICK COREA and Mark Isham
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Hit and miss Elmore Leonard adaption
10 November 2012 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

Cat Chaser had a fair amount of promise from the start. Its director is the maverick Abel Ferrara who was responsible for such transgressive movies as The Driller Killer and The Bad Lieutenant, while its story is sourced from a novel by crime genre master Elmore Leonard. It has an interesting cast which has Peter Weller in the lead role, with a very good support. Charles Durning turns in the best performance as a sleazy sidekick. Tomas Milian is the chief baddie but looks almost unrecognisable from his days as an icon in 70's Italian movies. Kelly McGillis puts in a very uninhibited performance that includes a fair amount of full frontal nudity and a tough scene where she is abused by Milian. Frederic Forrest also stars, although his character doesn't really have a lot to do other than fall in swimming pools.

Despite the good personnel Cat Chaser lacks a certain overall impetus. Its story feels more than a little bit confused at times. The whole plot-line involving Weller's character travelling to the Caribbean to revisit a girl who saved his life years earlier is, to put it mildly, under-developed. It really could have been removed with no damage to the film in the slightest. I think the tales of the film being heavily re-edited by the studio would explain the somewhat haphazard cut of the film we have. The hand of Ferrara is only occasionally felt, most notably in a couple of shocking scenes. The aforementioned sequence involving McGillis is one, the other occurs later on where two men are stripped naked and shot to death. Both are pretty shocking for sure.

Although you have to think this movie should have been better, it's overall a decent enough flick.

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