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The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973)

Western story about a defiant wife who leaves her husband to take up riding with outlaws.

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Marilyn Durham (novel), Eleanor Perry (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burt Reynolds ... Jay Grobart
Sarah Miles ... Catherine Crocker
Lee J. Cobb ... Harvey Lapchance
Jack Warden ... Dawes
George Hamilton ... Willard Crocker
Bo Hopkins ... Billy Bowen
Robert Donner ... Dub
Sandy McPeak ... Ben (as Sandy Kevin)
Larry Littlebird Larry Littlebird ... Iron Knife
Nancy Malone ... Sudie
Jay Silverheels ... The Chief
Jay Varela ... Charlie Bent
Owen Bush Owen Bush ... Conductor
Larry Finley ... Bartender
Sutero García Jr. Sutero García Jr. ... Dream Speaker
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Storyline

It's the frontier of the American west. Shortly after being released from prison where he was serving a sentence for murder, Jay Grobart leads a band of three other men - Dawes, Billy Bowen and an Indian named Charlie Bent - in robbing a train of its Wells Fargo cargo of $100,000. In their escape from the scene, they are forced out of circumstance to take along a young woman, against her will, she who is traveling by herself on horseback. She is Mrs. Willard Crocker - Catherine - who they can tell is wealthy. Although they do not let her go, she vows that she will not tell the authorities about them as she, like them, is running away. As Jay, the leader, embarks on his next mission - to fulfill the reason he stole the money - he has the problems of managing the three men, Dawes and Billy in particular who are solely out for their own selfish wants which now includes their carnal wants with Catherine, and making sure Catherine does not escape. But as they spend more time together and ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Two women loved him. One died for him. One killed for him.

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1973 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

A férfi, aki szerette a táncoló macskát See more »

Filming Locations:

Ajo, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Richard C. Sarafian replaced original director Brian G. Hutton. See more »

Goofs

During the opening credits Catherine is riding "side saddle" but her legs are both on the right side of the horse, which is the "wrong" side for an English ladies' saddle. The film is flopped in this shot as later she has her legs on the proper side. See more »

Quotes

Lapchance: I had a woman run off on me once... mailed her a suitcase.
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Connections

Referenced in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) See more »

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Melodrama 'spoof'
19 March 2008 | by jain_daughSee all my reviews

It amazes me how many people see this movie as a B grade western! I found it to be an excellent adaptation of a decent western genre book that happened to have been written by a WOMAN. The casting could not have been more perfect in that each person played their character so well. And the characters were a 'spoof' at the cliché of melodrama types that most westerns portray anyway. This is a story about how people LIE to themselves and end up not only ruining their own lives, but harming those near them too. And how honesty comes hard and maybe late, but can come before one dies. The only flaw of the movie is that it didn't tell the full tale of Cat Dancing and the tragedy that befell her, Burt's character and their children's lives. On the other hand, I liked the movie ending better than the book's.


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