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Strays (1991)

A troubled family move to an isolated house, and find and adopt a couple of cats already in residence. These are not the only occupants however...

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John McPherson

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Shaun Cassidy
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kathleen Quinlan ... Lindsey Jarrett
Timothy Busfield ... Paul Jarrett
Claudia Christian ... Claire Lederer
William Boyett ... Dr. Lyle Sokol
Heather Lilly Heather Lilly ... Tessa Jarrett (as Heather Lilley)
Jessica Lilly Jessica Lilly ... Tessa Jarrett (as Jessica Lilley)
Gary McGurk ... Phone Man
Eve Brenner ... Old Woman
Michael McNab Michael McNab ... Policeman
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A troubled family move to an isolated house, and find and adopt a couple of cats already in residence. These are not the only occupants however...

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They say cats have nine lives. Will one of them be yours? See more »

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Horror

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Rated R for violence and terror. | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Artigli See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Paul Jarrett: Oh well it does have a certain charm, in an Amityville kind of way.
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Cat Scratch Fever? Attack of the psycho-kitties? Kitten with a Whip?
22 September 2003 | by Eric-1226See all my reviews

I've heard of a "wolf pack" (think Nazi U-boats). I've heard of the "Rat Pack" (think Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. etc.). Now we have the "Cat Pack": think gang of furry ferocious crazed felines on a bloodthirsty rampage in some old house out in the middle of nowhere, terrorizing a hapless young family, and you basically have the premise for this movie.

I can't say it's entirely a bad premise, but unfortunately it doesn't come off well in this movie. 'Lame and un-scary' doesn't begin to describe this mess of a film. My overall reaction: much like you'd do with a bad kitty who claws the sofa legs, you want to take a rolled up newspaper and give this movie a good swat on the rear end.

The acting by everyone involved is embarrasing (especially the wife and kid, who, traumatized by cat-induced fear and shock, overplay their overblown reactions so bad that you'd swear you'd seen better acting in your junior high school play). As for Claudia Christian, who later went on to fame and fortune in Babylon 5 as Susan Ivanova, well, the less said the better.

A great theme song for this movie would have been "Psycho Killer" by the Talking Heads - only with the name and lyrics changed to "Psycho Kitty". Now that would have been a nice touch. Meow. Purrrrrr.


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