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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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Plot Keywords:

cat | ufo | talking cat | alien | night | See All (127) »

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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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Official Sites:

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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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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

In reality, Sandy Duncan is allergic to cats. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene, the judge is wearing a doctoral gown, not a judge's robe. 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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It's a campy kid's movie from the late 70s, get over it critics!
11 January 2007 | by pgb2998See all my reviews

This movie was one of my earliest memories of childhood and a fond one at that.

This was Disney making a sci fi movie fit for children, it's cute, it's campy, it's not meant to be an Oscar-grabbing masterpiece of acting, effects, or even plot. If Disney had produce the pinnacle of special effects, acting and storyline for its day, everyone would trash it as being either too complex, or unsuitable for children. Disney makes movies for kids, that's what they do. Deal with it.

Kids would be frightened by a true alien being, so a cat is a suitable substitute, makes for a warm cuddly visual even. The story had to be simple or kids wouldn't and couldn't follow it.

Those who want to critique this film as though it were high art need to get over it. If a 6 year old needs to be handed Masterpiece Theater to properly entertain them, there is something very wrong indeed.


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