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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Flint
Peter Randall
Judy Randall
Mrs. Flint
Old Lady McCracken
Melvin (as Tom Wilson)


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


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

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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 »


The monument in the town square is clearly marked as given by the women of Edgefield, SC (filming location) when the town is supposedly Edgefield, MA. See more »


Patti Randall: God, I'm really good. Those "Charlie's Angels" reruns are starting to pay off.
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References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »


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That Darn Christina...
6 April 2001 | by (Attleboro, MA) – See all my reviews

I have an extremely open mind when it comes to Hollywood remaking, revisiting, creating a sequel to, or otherwise building upon an established film. Consider that mind slammed firmly shut!

The original "Darn Cat" featured a precocious feline surrounded by a village of humans (some funny, some scary, some just plain annoying). But the cat always remained at the center of the story, and the cat's actions are what propelled the whole thing forward. But here, the focus is on Patty Randall (Christina Ricci) and her FBI-rookie pal, Zeke Kelso (Doug E. Doug).

Apparently, the producers knew that they had an up-and-coming young starlet in their midst when they created this litter-box, because the focus is moved away from D.C. and onto Ricci's bratty and generally unlikeable Patty Randall. While no producer can be blamed for seeing talent and grabbing it (Two "Addams Family" films and "Casper the Friendly Ghost" had already gotten Ricci significant exposure!), they forgot that the film's title is "That Darn Cat"... not "That Darn Pat".

And it shows. We still have a minor league all-star cast, and we still have the FBI agent, the young girl and her cat as the heroes of the piece, but we cannot even see the villains (who provided so much of the menace in the original) and we see entirely too much of the assortment of freaks, geeks and throwaway nutcases that populate this burg.

I submit a challenge: Watch this one, then go back and watch the original. Then TRY to remember something significant that the cat in the new version did.

See, you're learning!

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