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Cat's Eye (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Horror, Thriller | 12 April 1985 (USA)
A stray cat is the linking element of three tales of suspense and horror.

Director:

Lewis Teague

Writer:

Stephen King (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Drew Barrymore ... Our Girl / Amanda
James Woods ... Dick Morrison
Alan King ... Dr. Vinny Donatti
Kenneth McMillan ... Cressner
Robert Hays ... Johnny Norris
Candy Clark ... Sally Ann
James Naughton ... Hugh
Tony Munafo Tony Munafo ... Junk
Court Miller Court Miller ... Mr. McCann
Russell Horton ... Mr. Milquetoast
Patricia Benson Patricia Benson ... Mrs. Milquetoast
Mary D'Arcy Mary D'Arcy ... Cindy
James Rebhorn ... Drunk Businessman
Jack Dillon Jack Dillon ... Janitor
Susan Hawes Susan Hawes ... Mrs. McCann
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Storyline

Three horror-thriller tales revolve around a mysterious stray cat which is attempting to find a little girl in trouble. In "Quitters, Inc.": the cat is picked up by a shady New York City "doctor" who uses experimental techniques to get people to quit smoking. His latest client is a man named Morrison, who learns he'll suffer some terrible consequences if he tries to cheat. In "The Ledge": the cat is picked up by Cressner, a shady Atlantic City millionaire who forces tennis pro Norris (his wife's lover), to walk a narrow ledge around his high-rise penthouse apartment. In "The General": the cat arrives in Wilmington, North Carolina, where it is found by Amanda, the young girl it has been sent to protect. What she needs protection from is a tiny, evil troll who lives behind the skirting board in her bedroom. Written by Matt Patay

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Through the eye of the cat, a twisted tail of macabre suspense from the author of CARRIE, The SHINING and THE DEAD ZONE. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quitters, Inc. See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,451,000, 14 April 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,086,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was Drew Barrymore's second film based on King's writing. She had previously appeared in Firestarter (1984) in 1984. Both films are De Laurentiis productions and were filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina. See more »

Goofs

The last story takes place in Wilmington, North Carolina, but all the vehicle license plates are for Connecticut. See more »

Quotes

Cressner: [after planting Mr. Norris' car with narcotics] I've set you up, Mr. Norris. In ten minutes, Albert will call the police, and tell them a tale of heroin. 1970 Mustangs. Aging tennis pros with drug records. You'll be eagerly sought after, Mr. Norris.
Johnny Norris: Unless I tell you where Marcia is.
Cressner: With you gone, she'd come back. She got nowhere else to go. Now as for you, when you get out of jail, you'll be more concerned with your arthritis than your libido.
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Connections

References Shirt Tales (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Twist And Shout
Composed by Phil Medley and Bert Berns
Published by EMI Music Publishing, Ltd. and Unichappell Music, Inc.
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User Reviews

 
Fun horror/anthology movie
19 September 2000 | by jhaggardjrSee all my reviews

"Cat's Eye" is another horror anthology movie that I found to be a nice companion piece with "Twilight Zone: The Movie". The thing that surprised me about this film is that it's a suspense comedy loaded with thrills galore and dark humor. Instead of four separate tales, "Cat's Eye" has just three, with a plucky tabby cat intervening through all three stories. And all three segments are directed by the same man (Lewis Teague). Stephen King wrote all three segments, with the first two segments based on short stories written by King. The first segment is a black comedy starring James Woods in some of the funniest acting that he's ever done as a man who wants to quit smoking. He goes to a place called Quitters, Inc. This clinic is run by a most unusual doctor played by comedian Alan King. Woods finds out quickly that their methods of trying to make smokers quit are odd. Very, very odd. This story isn't really scary but it's downright hilarious with Woods trying desperately to kick the habit. King is also very funny as the doc. This is a very good segment. But my favorite segment of "Cat's Eye" is the second one. The late Kenneth McMillan stars as a ruthless gambler who kidnaps a tennis player (Robert Hays from "Airplane!") who's been doing a little you-know-what on his wife. McMillan makes a strange bet with the tennis pro: walk on top of a short ledge around the gambler's high rise building 50-60 stories up. This segment is a scary one, with a few touches of black humor (even though this segment isn't as funny as the first one). King wrote the third segment directly for the screen. He wrote it for a then very young pre-teen Drew Barrymore (who a year earlier starred in King's "Firestarter"). Barrymore plays a little girl who takes that tabby cat in to live with her after the cat runs into her house. The reason why the cat ran into her house: kitty spotted a little tiny gremlin strolling into the place. The cat comes in and tries to save the day. This segment is silly but fun. All in all, "Cat's Eye" is an underrated gem. Funny, scary, and entertaining.

*** (out of four)


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