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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 (127) »

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Mysterious visitor with unknown powers on our planet for supplies.... A six-pack of tuna? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cat from Outer Space See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The Army patch is that of Cerebus. Not identified with any active army unit. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, Frank and Jake discuss procuring the bar of gold necessary to repair the ship. During the discussion, Jake says that he will need to reduce it while retaining all its properties. Later, when Jake reduces the gold to the size of a small pencil, Liz easily picks it up. If the "reduced" gold had retained all of its original properties as Jake said, it should have had the same mass as a bar of gold. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Elizabeth 'Liz' Bartlett: But I don't have a parachute!
Mr. Charlie Olympus: Then you have a problem.
Mr. Stallwood: But I don't have a parachute either!
Mr. Charlie Olympus: Then you have the same problem.
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: A Talking Cat!?! (2016) See more »

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*Insert Cat Joke Here*
3 September 2015 | by wrightiswrightSee all my reviews

Films lauding cats come around about as often as Halley's Comet, so whenever one does arrive it should be shouted about from the rooftops. Yeah, sure... Dogs save peoples lives, look cute and are a reliable source of defecation jokes, but can anything compare to the grace and mystique of a feline? I say no. And if you disagree, you're wrong. 'Nuff said.

It's a pretty unusual plot... A cat from another planet crashlands on our shores in his spaceship, and needs 120k dollars worth of gold for repairs (Don't ask). He enlists the help of a maverick scientist, a ditzy blonde and a sleazy gambler to these ends, all the while pursued by the military and an evil criminal mastermind, who would LOVE to possess the pussy's magical collar (which has levitation and telepathic powers).

What did I tell ya? I said it was an odd story... And yet, despite the sheer inanity of what's on display, it somehow all holds together. The mystical capabilities of the collar provide much of the humour, including freezing people in mid-movement, and helping to rig a very one-sided game of pool.

The special effects are about as good as you'd expect from the 70's (e.g not very) but the adorable cat is so well trained you'd almost think it WAS an intelligent extra-terrestrial lifeform, and with the exception of an over-elongated climax in the sky, there's little padding here to make young minds impatient.

So, not quite the cat's whiskers, but far from worthy of the litter box. Did'ja see what I did there?! 6/10


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