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Cat People (1982)

A young woman's sexual awakening brings horror when she discovers her urges transform her into a monstrous black leopard.

Director:

Paul Schrader

Writers:

DeWitt Bodeen (story), Alan Ormsby (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nastassja Kinski ... Irena Gallier (as Nastassia Kinski)
Malcolm McDowell ... Paul Gallier
John Heard ... Oliver Yates
Annette O'Toole ... Alice Perrin
Ruby Dee ... Female
Ed Begley Jr. ... Joe Creigh
Scott Paulin ... Bill Searle
Frankie Faison ... Detective Brandt
Ron Diamond Ron Diamond ... Detective Ron Diamond
Lynn Lowry ... Ruthie
John Larroquette ... Bronte Judson
Tessa Richarde Tessa Richarde ... Billie
Patricia Perkins Patricia Perkins ... Taxi Driver
Berry Berenson ... Sandra
Fausto Barajas Fausto Barajas ... Otis
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Storyline

The Cat People originated way back in time, when humans sacrificed their women to leopards, who mated with them. Cat People look similar to humans, but must mate with other Cat People before they transform into panthers. Irene Gallier was raised by adoptive parents and meets her older brother Paul for the first time since childhood. We follow brother and sister - who seem to be the only ones of their kind left. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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An erotic fantasy for the animal in us all. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La marca de la pantera See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,617,636, 4 April 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,000,000
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

William Hurt was considered for the role of Oliver Yates. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where the panther is in the hooker's room and Oliver is cleaning the window on the outside of the building, there is no silhouette on the inside shot of the room visible. See more »

Quotes

Paul Gallier: I didn't think you were ready, but you are. I knew it when I saw you with HIM.
Irena Gallier: Who? Oliver?
Paul Gallier: You want to fuck him, don't you? You dream about fucking him! Your whole body burns, it burns all along your nerves, in your mouth, your breasts... you go wet between your legs.
Irena Gallier: Stop it!
Paul Gallier: Every time it happens... you tell yourself it's love. But it isn't. It's blood. And death. You can't escape your nightmare without me, and I can't escape my nightmare without you. I've waited a long time for you.
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Alternate Versions

Syndicated TV version also features brief shots of the animatronic leopards that were ultimately cut from the theatrical release. See more »

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Referenced in Night Court: Dad's First Date (1985) See more »

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Why Not Tonight?
Performed by Jimmy Hughes
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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a highly charged, visual, erotic feast that transcends the horror genre
27 August 2003 | by fookooSee all my reviews

With "Cat People," Nastassja Kinski indelibly seared her erotic image into the American male psyche. There is no American actress today who would dare take her role in this film. "Cat People" is a landmark film that has never been equaled. Paul Schrader, the director, made this movie his own, turning the original movie upside down. That effort has withstood the test of time that is nearing twenty years and still counting. The film has a visual style that is stunning. Without Nastassja, this film fails. Beginning with a demure, vulnerable character in Irena Gallier, Nastassja transforms herself into a smoldering film presence that spontaneously erupts and torches the screen. With the lone exception of Ruby Dee, none of the supporting cast is capable of withstanding Nastassja's considerable presence, meaning that their character portrayals are quickly forgotten - an effect that separates her from most actresses and is an all too real hazard for most actors appearing in her films. Notorious? Infamous? However one puts it, Nastassja redefined eroticism on screen with not one of today's actresses ever coming close. It is a legendary performance that knows no peer within its genre.


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