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Cat in the Cage (1981)

A young man returns to his rich family's estate after a stay in a mental hospital. He finds that his father has married his deceased wife's nurse, who is secretly plotting with her lover, ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Behrouz Vossoughi ... Bruce Khan (as Bruce Vaughn)
Colleen Camp ... Gilda Riener
Sybil Danning ... Susan Khan (as Cybil Danning)
Mel Novak ... Ralph Desmond
Frank DeKova ... Rachid Khan
Ursaline Bryant Ursaline Bryant ... Ezil
Tony Bova Tony Bova ... Ali Khan
Paul Harper Paul Harper ... Detective Hoffman
Aram Katcher Aram Katcher ... Detective Pino
Nathan Roth Nathan Roth ... Dr. Parrish
Paul Durazzo Paul Durazzo ... Herman the Foreman
Patrick Wright ... Policeman at Cabin
Frederick Franklain Frederick Franklain ... Milkman
James Bacon James Bacon ... Police Captain
Tony Cesere Tony Cesere


A young man returns to his rich family's estate after a stay in a mental hospital. He finds that his father has married his deceased wife's nurse, who is secretly plotting with her lover, the chauffeur, to murder the father and take his fortune. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A torrid tale of passion and murder.




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25 September 1981 (Mexico) See more »

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El gato en la jaula See more »

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Cat in the Cage
Sung by Colleen Camp
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Definitely one of kind (but I'm not sure WHAT kind)
11 June 2007 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

A young man gets out of a mental institution and returns home to his wealthy father, his beloved cat "Sampson", and his sexy but wicked stepmother (Sybil Danning), the latter of whom may have murdered his mother and is scheming with the shady chauffeur (Mel Novak) to do the same to his father.

God knows this is not a good movie. Nor does it even fall into that almost mythical category of "so bad, it's good", but I found it entertaining because it is so randomly plotted and jaw-droppingly incompetent that it seems to violate the very laws of cinematic narrative structure (and perhaps even Cartesian logic). I think the cat "Sampson" is supposed to be a metaphor because he completely disappears about halfway through the movie. Or maybe the cat is a metaphysical incarnation of the protagonist's equally disturbed brother who shows up out of nowhere halfway through the film (just in time for an overlong 70's style car chase). Or maybe the feline actor just walked off the set prompting a quick re-write--it's kind of hard to say.

Mel Novak is pretty good actually, and Sybil Danning...well, she takes her clothes off a lot. Both of them exit prematurely, however, and the film is left in the hands of uncharismatic male lead and Colleen Camp, who is normally a talented actress but plays a completely superfluous character here (although she DOES get to belt out the risible theme song). This is definitely a one-of-a-kind movie; maybe not the good kind, but. ..

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