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Cat Chaser (1989)

A Miami hotel owner finds danger when he becomes romantically involved with the wife of a deposed general from the Dominican Republic where he fought many years back.

Director:

Abel Ferrara

Writers:

Elmore Leonard (novel), James Borrelli (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Weller ... George Moran
Kelly McGillis ... Mary DeBoya
Charles Durning ... Jiggs Scully
Frederic Forrest ... Nolen Tyner
Tomas Milian ... Andres DeBoya
Juan Fernández ... Rafi
Kelly Jo Minter ... Loret
Phil Leeds ... Jerry Shea
Tony Bolano Tony Bolano ... Corky
Adrianne Sachs Adrianne Sachs ... Anita DeBoya
Roberto Escobar ... Mario Prado (as Robert Escobar)
Millie Ruperto ... Luci Palma (as Maria M. Ruperto)
Vivian Addison Vivian Addison ... Maid Lula
Brooke Becker Brooke Becker ... Philly
Fara Schiller Fara Schiller ... Marilyn
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Storyline

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 Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Passion. Greed. Murder. Tonight they pay. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Referenced in A Short Film About the Long Career of Abel Ferrara (2004) See more »

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ALL FOR THE LOVE OF A WOMAN
Performed by JEFF HLAVATY
Written by Barry Goldberg
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I'm still not sure what a "cat chaser" is
24 April 2012 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1989 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Cat Chaser See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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