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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 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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Genres:

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:

NLG 1,200,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Sylvia Kristel. See more »

Alternate Versions

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

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Eurocrime?
23 May 2018 | by michelle-263See all my reviews

This film is now available in all its 98 minute glory on a Dutch (Region 2) DVD for a very reasonable price. The really good news is that the rape scene is nothing like as graphic or as protracted as other reviewers suggest. The five minutes are intercut with the police questioning of the victims. I'm at a loss to understand why four minutes were cut from the original British release as the rape scene itself lasts for no more than two minutes.

My title for this review has a question mark because it is very different from the treatment we have become used to in long-form dramas like "The Bridge". The film is very much of its time. It is certainly not as action-packed as modern American dramas which may be why some reviewers find it slow. I thought the portrayal of Van Der Valk was reasonably true to the novels save, of course, for the philandering with Feodora.

The film as a whole worked well aside from the hippy-trippy bit towards the end which really stamped it as being from the early 1970s, although I think that the basic plot idea or rich kids going bad is one of Freeling's less believable stories.


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