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
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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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Passion. Greed. Murder. Tonight they pay. See more »


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20 October 1989 (Portugal)  »

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Caça Grossa  »

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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 »


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Leonard's Cat Chaser
26 November 2012 | by (san francisco, usa) – See all my reviews

Of all the Leonard stories put to film, this to me is the best. The voice-over along with the visuals carry the book's feel, both plot and dialogue. Peter Weller has a subtleness that breaks through his seeming deadpan, and Charles Durning couldn't be better at ambiguity. Kelly McGillis is more than a pretty and sexy figure. All the characters are mixtures of good and not so good, and as typical Leonard characters they work out the balances of their desires.

The direction is great. It keeps you moving, wondering, and figuring out the mystery. The story has several components that mix well as they are revealed. And there is the basis of reality to this film. It helps to recall the invasion of the Dominican Republic and the practices of torture attributed to the head of police at the time.

One of this films wonderful attributes is the score by jazz pianist/composer Chick Corea. It surprises me that no one has mentioned it.

And lastly, let me say that the film is exciting. Viewing after viewing it holds up well.

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