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The Cat from Outer Space (1978)

Three scientists help an Alien feline, stranded on Earth, to repair its damaged spacecraft in order to return home but their efforts are hampered by inept army officials and foreign spies.

Director:

Norman Tokar

Writer:

Ted Key
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Berry ... Frank
Sandy Duncan ... Liz
Harry Morgan ... General Stilton
Roddy McDowall ... Mr. Stallwood
McLean Stevenson ... Link
Jesse White ... Earnest Ernie
Alan Young ... Dr. Wenger
Hans Conried ... Dr. Heffel
Ronnie Schell ... Jake - voice / Sgt. Duffy
James Hampton ... Capt. Anderson
Howard Platt ... Col. Woodruff (as Howard T. Platt)
William Prince ... Mr. Olympus
Ralph Manza ... Weasel
Tom Pedi ... Honest Harry
Hank Jones ... Officer
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Storyline

A UFO is stranded on earth and impounded by the US government. Its pilot, a cat with a collar that has special powers, including the ability to allow the cat to communicate with humans, has eluded the authorities and needs the help of a man named Frank in order to reclaim and repair his ship to get back home. Written by LVJeff

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cat | ufo | talking cat | alien | night | See All (126) »

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A close encounter of the 'furred' kind! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le chat qui vient de l'espace See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The breed of cat used for Jake was Abyssinian. See more »

Goofs

Stallwood (Roddy Mc Dowall) films the house using an 8mm cine camera. Although he might have been able to take it to a laboratory that could process it the same day, when the film is being projected an Academy trailer has been spliced onto the end of the film, which isn't used on 8mm film. See more »

Quotes

Jake - voice: My name is Zunar J 5 Slash 9 Doric 4 7.
Frank: Uh, Z-Zunar...
Jake - voice: ...Let's just stick with 'Jake', okay?
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"B-b-but your lips aren't moving, I mean, you're not speaking"
1 June 2000 | by The_Movie_CatSee all my reviews

The Cat From Outer Space was a troubled shoot, with a severe personality clash between it's two stars.

The film involves, as you might guess from the title, a cat. From outer space. Except the cat, "Jake", looks suspiciously like an Earth cat. If this were modern-day Disney then sophisticated CGI would be used to at least make Jake's mouth move. Yet this was 1978 and we had to settle for Jake being "telepathic" and looking in vaguely the right direction.

But while Jake – played by two cats, a boy and a girl – may act on cue, his body language tells a different story. Whenever he/she is picked up by Frank (Ken Berry), Jake's tail flashes furiously, despite the on-screen buddy-buddy nature of their relationship. I don't know what Berry made of Jake, but it's obvious the cat wasn't his biggest fan and didn't like being handled.

I imagine that Hollywood egos came into effect, Jake demanding a bigger trailer. The sex, the drinking, the catnip. Finally, his claim that "I'm worth $20 million a picture" would have sunk his movie star prospects.

Berry went on to appear in Featherstone's Nest, The Golden Girls and The Legend of Forrest Tucker. For Jake (Rumpler/Amber), this amiable, likeable family comedy was the only role in his short-lived career.



FILM'S LASTING INSPIRATION: A scene where Jake the alien cat is in the basket of a (motor)bike ridden by Frank and makes it fly in the air to avoid capture. Mr. Spielberg, were you watching?


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