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"Jellicle" cats join for a Jellicle ball where they rejoice with their leader, Old Deuteronomy. One cat will be chosen to go to the "Heavyside Layer" and be reborn. The cats introduce themselves.

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Elaine Paige ...
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Gus the Theatrical Cat
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Rosemarie Ford ...
Bombalurina
Michael Gruber ...
John Partridge ...
Aeva May ...
Geoffrey Garratt ...
Skimbleshanks
James Barron ...
Jo Gibb ...
Rumpleteazer
Drew Varley ...
Mungojerrie
Susie McKenna ...
Jennyanydots the Gumbie Cat
Jacob Brent ...
Susan Jane Tanner ...
Jellylorum
Phyllida Crowley Smith ...
Victoria
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Cats is a pop-cultural phenomenon that has been performed on stage for more than 50 million patrons in 26 countries for almost 18 years, resulting in more than two billion dollars in ticket sales. Now that Cats has finally made it to the small screen, attention must be paid not just by fans of this critic-proof show, but also by those entertainment mavens who have somehow avoided it until now. Written by Anonymous

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Das weltweit beliebteste Musical von Andrew Lloyd Webber - Die Erinnerung wird immer bleiben! (The worldwide most liked musical of Andrew Lloyd Webber - The memory will last forever!) See more »


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The actors pictured on the cover of the movie are not the actors you will see performing in the film. The actors were taken from the London cast that was performing in the show at that time. The only actor who actually appears in the film is Veerle Casteleyn who performed as Jemima in the film and the stage show. See more »

Goofs

The poem/song "The Naming of Cats" states that a cat's "second name," such as those used by the characters in this show, is unique and not shared by any other cat. However, the song introducing Old Gus the Theatre Cat says that his full name is Asparagus, which is also the name of another cat in the show. This is because John Mills, who played Gus, was unable to do the rest of the singing and dancing the role required, so the character was split into two identically-named characters. See more »

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BombalurinaDemeterJellylorum: But, when the day's hustle and bustle is done, then the gumbie cat's work is but hardly begun. She thinks that the cockroaches...
Jennyanydots the Gumbie Cat: Just need employment...
BombalurinaDemeterJellylorum: To prevent them from...
Jennyanydots the Gumbie Cat: Idle and wanton destroyment.
BombalurinaDemeterJellylorum: So she's formed from that lot of disorderly louts a troop of well-disciplined, helpful boy scouts...
Jennyanydots the Gumbie Cat: With a purpose in life and a good deed to do...
BombalurinaDemeterJellylorum: And she's even created a beetle's tatoo!
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Crazy Credits

In the credits, when it lists additional song voices, Jemima is spelled as Jemmima. See more »

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Featured in I Love the 80's 3-D: 1982 (2005) See more »

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Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat
Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and T.S. Eliot
Performed by Ken Page, Geoffrey Garratt and chorus
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Perhaps the most entertaining of all stage musicals, now in its filmed version.
13 January 2004 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

I have long enjoyed the musical 'Cats', both in several attendances at live productions and simply listening to the music on CD. 'Cats', the movie, was created in 1997, a full 16 years after its debut on stage. This isn't simply the taping of a stage performance. For the movie they assembled the best cast they could from among 'Cats' stage veterans. The set was designed especially for the movie, the makeup was toned down to look better in the closer perspective of the movie, especially the close-ups, a full orchestra was used, songs were recorded in a studio, and conventional movie techniques were used for the filming -- multiple angles, close-ups, cameras moving on tracks, etc. What we get is a movie that is does not have the realism of a stage production, and it is fairly obvious most times that singers are lip-syncing their own recordings, but a movie nonetheless that is a superb supplement to the live performances. The DVD has a very nice 'making-of' special, we see Andrew Lloyd Weber personally supervising the musical numbers, we see some of the makeup artistry at work, and a few before/after shots of actors and their characters.

Overall a fine DVD of a superb movie of perhaps the most entertaining stage musical of all.


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