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That Darn Cat (1997)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy, Family  |  14 February 1997 (USA)
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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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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. See more »

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

14 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mačka na zadatku  »

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$18,239,932 (USA) (20 June 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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This was 'Christina Ricci''s last Disney movie, as the original was for actress Hayley Mills in the 1960s. See more »


When Patti goes into the police station for the first time, she is wearing black tights. When she leaves a few minutes later, her tights are gray. See more »


Agent Zeke Kelso: Wherever the informant leads, it is our responsibility to follow him in a fluid moving perimeter.
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This is far from Spielberg's class
26 July 2002 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

I guess there are two ways to make a movie with kids as the intended audience. You can either say to yourself a) "Let's make a movie that kids today will love!" or b) "Let's make a movie that I would have loved when I was a kid!" The second approach explains why Steven Spielberg often make movies that appeal to a younger audience. Prime examples are E.T., The Goonies or Indiana Jones. That Darn Cat is an example of the first approach. You see these flat, unbelievable characters saying things that is supposed to be funny but isn't. The plot itself is enough for a ten minute short, but instead it goes on and on. And although I'm not a kid, I don't quite understand what in this movie is supposed to be fun for kids? The clumsy cops chased by a dog, the old lady with a tweety bird or Christina Ricci's sarcastic oneliners? One actor showed a spark of talent with his very acrobatic humour: Doug E. Doug playing the FBI agent.

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