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Eye of the Cat (1969)

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A man and his girlfriend plan to rob the mansion of the man's eccentric but wealthy aunt. However, the aunt keeps dozens of cats in her home, and the man is deathly afraid of cats.


David Lowell Rich


Joseph Stefano





Complete credited cast:
Michael Sarrazin ... Wylie
Gayle Hunnicutt ... Kassia Lancaster
Eleanor Parker ... Aunt Danny
Tim Henry ... Luke
Laurence Naismith ... Dr. Mills
Jennifer Leak ... Poor Dear
Linden Chiles ... Bendetto
Mark Herron Mark Herron ... Bellemonde
Annabelle Garth Annabelle Garth ... Socialite
Tullia ... Cat


A man and his girlfriend plan to rob the mansion of the man's eccentric but wealthy aunt. However, the aunt keeps dozens of cats in her home, and the man is deathly afraid of cats.

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The screenwriter of "Psycho" now brings you a tale of terror to test your nerves. See more »




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Film had a re-shot alternative ending which was less horrific and graphic when the film was shown on television in the early 1970s. This alternative ending can be seen in multiple home released versions available on the Internet. See more »

Alternate Versions

New scenes were added to the network showing to make it "less intense." The Network-TV version has a different last half-hour, replacing the plot's supernatural element and an army of killer housecats with one somewhat-menacing housecat and a person with a paranoid delusion. This was made from outtakes and a few new scenes filmed in 1971, shortly before it aired. See more »


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For those who appreciate this type movie, it's a gem.
10 November 2007 | by ags123See all my reviews

"Eye of the Cat" is an engaging thriller if you can overlook the stilted dialogue, the gaping holes in logic, some clumsy direction and just surrender to its cozy atmosphere. In scenic San Francisco, we meet several characters driven by greed, all of who will stop at nothing to get their share of a wealthy old lady's fortune. The action plays out in her hilltop home that's full of cats. If that sounds intriguing to you, then you're in for a treat. Among the main characters, Gayle Hunnicutt is the standout. Not just for her supermodel looks (big hair, short skirts) but for her expert portrayal of a cold, calculating opportunist. When she says to Michael Sarrazin "I'm not afraid of anything.", we tend to believe her. Hunnicutt should have become a bigger star; the right part just didn't come along, as it did for fellow Universal contract player Katherine Ross. Michael Sarrazin on the other hand, had a good shot at stardom, costarring with the likes of Jane Fonda and Barbra Streisand in hit movies, but as this film demonstrates, his acting ability is sorely limited and he's devoid of any real charisma. Even the totally unknown Tim Henry, who plays his brother, radiates more appeal. It's good to see old pro Eleanor Parker hamming it up as the object of everyone's bad intentions. She gets her star turn in the stranded wheelchair scene. Screenwriter Joseph Stefano (who also wrote "Psycho") created a Hitchcockian premise here without being derivative of the master. There are two versions of this film, one slightly less violent for airing on television (with a lot fewer cats), and neither version is available on DVD. A real shame, for this is nice, intelligent fun.

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Release Date:

17 July 1969 (West Germany) See more »

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Wylie See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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