Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
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Dig That Cat... He's Real Gone 

A bum displays his ability to resurrect himself.




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Episode cast overview:
Crypt Keeper (voice)
Steve Kahan ...
Father (as Stephen Kahan)
Junior (as Michael Ray Bower)
Dorothy Neumann ...
Old Lady
Jack O'Leary ...
Paul Tuerpe ...
Workman #1
Al Maines ...
Workman #2


The vagrant Ulric is invited by Dr. Emil Manfred to participate in a medical experiment; in return, he would receive his savings. Dr. Manfred implants a group of cells from a cat and Ulric is able to die nine times. Ulric associates to the owner of a side show, Barker, and together with his mistress Coralee, they make a successful show where Ulric dies in front of the audiences. When Ulric uses the eight life, he schedules a great last show... for real. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

10 June 1989 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Richard Donner cameos as an audience member during Ulric's burial death and can be seen chanting "Ulric, Ulric, Ulric"! along with the crowd. His wife, Lauren Shuler Donner producer of the X-Men franchise, is sitting beside him. See more »


References Popeye the Sailor (1960) See more »


Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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Furballs lead to a coffin fit.
22 May 2011 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Three episodes in to things and Tales From The Crypt and the quality stays high in this tale concerning a bum (Joe Pantoliano) who finds himself able to make a lot of money after an operation that gives him the lives of a cat. And how do you make money from such a gift? Well, obviously, you get people to kill you so that you can then enjoy a glorious and profitable resurrection.

With a great supporting turn from Robert Wuhlm this episode benefits from a superb central performance, a great script from Terry Black and solid direction from Richard Donner.

And it has one of those great punchlines that you can use to sum up the episode to those who've already seen it.

Anyone curious about the movie release of Tales From The Crypt should remember/be made aware of the fact that it is nothing more than the first three episodes edited together. Fun as they are, fans would be better off buying the season boxsets whenever possible.

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