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That Darn Cat (1997)

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A maid is kidnapped and scratches a message onto D.C. the cat's collar and when his owner Patti discovers this, she plays amateur detective with the help of D.C. to try to find the culprits.

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Pa
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Peter Randall
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Old Lady McCracken
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In a small Massachusetts town, two bumbling criminals mistakenly kidnap a maid, thinking her to be the wife of a prominent businessman. D.C., short for Darn Cat, is an alley cat who, while looking for his nightly snack, stumbles upon the kidnap victim, bound and gagged in a shed. The kidnap victim scratches a plea for help on the back of her wristwatch and puts it around the cat's neck. Patti finds the watch and links it to the missing maid. Playing amateur detective, she enlists the aid of an FBI agent, Zeke, who has been assigned to the case. Patti and Zeke follow D.C. through tight openings to track down the captive. Written by Michael Betzold

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This FBI agent is putting his life on the line. Fortunately, he's got nine.


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Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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$18,239,932 (USA) (20 June 1997)
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Trivia

Dean Jones acted in both "That Darn Cat" movies. In 1965's original, That Darn Cat! (1965) he had the top leading actor's role as FBI agent, Zeke Kelso. In the remake, That Darn Cat (1997) his acting was very short with character role, Mister Flint. See more »

Goofs

Shortly after Zeke entered the kidnappers hideout, there was a medium range shot of him approaching Patti as she was still tied up. Patti has her head turned to the left, looking at the masked kidnappers as Zeke gets closer to her chair. She suddenly has her head turned to the right, looking at Zeke when the shot switches to a close-up one second later. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Peter Randall: Why are you always in black?
Patti Randall: Because it matches my soul.
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References Charlie's Angels (1976) See more »

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You Must Be an Angel
Written by Richard Myhill
Performed by Donald Waugh
Courtesy of KPM
By Arrangement with Associated Production Music
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Darn beautiful Christina!
18 April 2004 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Disney Productions…I don't suppose I'm still a part of their target group, but I am complete Christina Ricci target group on my own! That was pretty much the only reason for me to see this film, since I'm not that interested in a cat ‘s adventures… The film is a remake of a 1965 film with the same name, also produced by the Disney Studio's. Christina is an angry and introvert teenage girl – Patti - who's loathes the boring, little town she's living in. Her mother is vain and super-polite, she has no friends and the only one she feels some affection for is her cat, J.D. This cat `witnesses' a kidnapping during one of her nightly escapades and Patti alarms the goofy FBI Agent Zeke (Doug E. Doug).

The film causes a surprisingly big amount of chuckles, since the little town and its inhabitants are so wondrously stereotypical. The grand finale – which involves a boisterous car chase through the town – will certainly impress and please the younger viewers. Some overall good acting as well. First and foremost by the lovely Christina Ricci, but also by a few familiar and respected side characters like George Dzundza (Basic Instinct), Peter Boyle (F.I.S.T) and Michael McKean (Airheads)… Doug E. Doug simply has to act like a Eddie Murphy or Chris Rock clone but he's pretty good in doing so. That Darn Cat is warmly recommend fun for young families and animal lovers.


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