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Because of the Cats (1973)

A gang of wealthy ne'er do wells rape and terrorize women for fun and force their husbands to watch. A police detective tries to catch them, but can he break their twisted loyalty to one another?

Director:

Fons Rademakers

Writers:

Hugo Claus (screenplay), Nicolas Freeling (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Marshall ... Van der Valk / Inspector
Alexandra Stewart ... Feodora
Edward Judd ... Mierle
Sebastian Graham Jones Sebastian Graham Jones ... Jansen
Anthony Allen Anthony Allen ... Erik Mierle
Nicholas Hoye Nicholas Hoye ... Kees van Sonneveld
Sylvia Kristel ... Hannie Troost
Ida Goemans Ida Goemans ... Carmen
Delia Lindsay ... Mevr. Maris
Roger Hammond ... Maris
Derek Hart Derek Hart ... Kieft
Christopher Blake Christopher Blake ... Frank Kieft
George Baker ... Boersma
Guido de Moor Guido de Moor ... Marcousis
Lous Hensen Lous Hensen ... Mevr. Van Sonneveld
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Storyline

A gang of six wealthy, well-dressed and well-spoken hoodlums break into a married couple's house and rape the wife while forcing the husband to watch. Thus begins a dogged investigation by a determined detective who quickly finds that their cult-like solidarity can be a serious obstacle to breaking them. Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Netherlands | Belgium

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brutalization See more »

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Budget:

NLG1,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Film debut of Sylvia Kristel. See more »

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Originally drew an X rating from the MPAA. Film was cut and received an R rating. See more »

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Because Of The Cats
21 April 2014 | by a_baronSee all my reviews

It has been said of the 1960s, if you can remember them, you weren't really there; the same has on occasion been said of the 1970s. This film dates from 1973, and I must have been there because I watched it on Monday and didn't remember it, although shortly before he uttered them, I repeated the villain's last words verbatim – words that can't be repeated here.

I'd probably forgotten "Because Of The Cats" not because of the passage of 4 decades, but because it is such rubbish.

This is an off-beat film, even for the 1970s; the gang rape scene at the beginning is both extremely graphic and very realistic, but not really necessary; the gratuitous male nudity is inexcusable, as is the wooden dialogue. As for the terrible plot...was any police investigation in the UK, Holland or anywhere ever conducted like this? There was no DNA in the 70s, but the same cannot be said for fingerprints.

And the detective, this is not the Van De Valk I remember from the TV series. Unless you have an unhealthy fascination for pubic hair and/or male genitalia, give this one a miss.


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