An American veteran (Weller) of the Dominican Republic intervention (LBJ era) is running a hotel in Miami, and is trying to put the memories of the intervention behind him. He gets involved with a former Dominican Republic general's wife (McGillis). He then gets duped through a series of intricate plot twists into helping a group of people trying to rip the general off. Based on the novel by Elmore Leonard.Written by
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Kelly McGillis has cited the film as discouragement from pursuing acting. She hates the film and did not have a good experience during filming. See more »
In 2014, Anthology Film Archives screened an alternative version of this film as part of a series of films based on Elmore Leonard's novels and stories. According to AFA's website, "Ferrara's cut of this critically chastised film was spliced to hell by the studio, who only ever released a 90-minute version direct-to-VHS (and later DVD) in the US. While that version certainly had its problems, one could tell that there was a better movie in there, somewhere. Lo and behold, Anthology has laid hands on the only video copy that exists of the entire film, all two hours and forty plus minutes of it. Transferred from ¾" tape with burned-in time code and a significant lack of music, foley and efx ..." See more »
Despite having some notable people in the roles of writer, director, and actor, "Cat Chaser" was never given a theatrical release. It may have been because Vestron Pictures was always struggling when it came to releasing its movies since it never had as much money as the major studios had when it came to marketing and distribution. But I think the real reason for the movie going direct to video is that it isn't very good overall. Not everything about the movie is bad - the acting (especially by Charles Durning) is decent. But the movie ultimately sinks due to a combination of unspectacular locations (which are also flatly photographed) and a story that after the first twenty minutes makes very little sense afterwards. The trivia section says the rough cut ran 157 minutes - obviously A LOT of explanation was taken away in the editing room. If I ever get the chance to see the 157 minute version someday, I'll give the movie another chance. Until then, this is a movie to avoid.
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