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That Darn Cat (1997)

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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Mr. Flint
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Boetticher
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Pa
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Peter Randall
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Judy Randall
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Mrs. Flint
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Dusty
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Lu
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Old Lady McCracken
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Ma
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Melvin (as Tom Wilson)
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Marvin
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Rollo
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Storyline

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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Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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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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Eddie Murphy turned down the part of agent Zeke Kelso. See more »

Goofs

The position of the two ropes keeping Patti tied up appear to change dramatically between shots. When Patti is first seen tied up the ropes appear to tightly intersect each other. The ropes seem to suddenly be inches apart vertically when Zeke shows up seconds later, only to go back to their original tight intersection when there is a close up of Patti right before she gets free. See more »

Quotes

Patti Randall: God, I'm really good. Those "Charlie's Angels" reruns are starting to pay off.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1997 (1998) See more »

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I'm Too Sexy
Written by Fred Fairbrass (as Fred) and Richard Fairbrass and Rob Manzoli
Performed by Right Said Fred
Courtesy of Charisma Records America, Inc./Gut Reaction, Ltd.
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This is far from Spielberg's class
26 July 2002 | by (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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