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That Darn Cat (1997)

A maid is kidnapped and scratches a message onto D.C. the cat's collar and when his owner Patti discovers this, she plays amateur detective with the help of D.C. to try to find the culprits.

Director:

Bob Spiers

Writers:

Gordon Gordon (novel) (as The Gordons), Mildred Gordon (novel) (as The Gordons) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christina Ricci ... Patti
Doug E. Doug ... Agent Zeke Kelso
Dean Jones ... Mr. Flint
George Dzundza ... Boetticher
Peter Boyle ... Pa
Michael McKean ... Peter Randall
Bess Armstrong ... Judy Randall
Dyan Cannon ... Mrs. Flint
John Ratzenberger ... Dusty
Megan Cavanagh ... Lu
Estelle Parsons ... Old Lady McCracken
Rebecca Schull ... Ma
Thomas F. Wilson ... Melvin (as Tom Wilson)
Brian Haley ... Marvin
Mark Christopher Lawrence ... Rollo
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Storyline

In a small Massachusetts town, two bumbling criminals mistakenly kidnap a maid, thinking her to be the wife of a prominent businessman. D.C., short for Darn Cat, is an alley cat who, while looking for his nightly snack, stumbles upon the kidnap victim, bound and gagged in a shed. The kidnap victim scratches a plea for help on the back of her wristwatch and puts it around the cat's neck. Patti finds the watch and links it to the missing maid. Playing amateur detective, she enlists the aid of an FBI agent, Zeke, who has been assigned to the case. Patti and Zeke follow D.C. through tight openings to track down the captive. Written by Michael Betzold

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mačka na zadatku See more »

Filming Locations:

Mc Cormick, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,424,617, 17 February 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,301,610
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was Christina Ricci's last Disney movie, as the original was for actress Hayley Mills in the 1960s. See more »

Goofs

During the car chase, the Trans Am is not able to turn right, but when it skids around corners you can se the wheels turning right. See more »

Quotes

Lizzie, the Flint's Servant: [about the Flints] What would they do without me?
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Written by Richard Myhill
Performed by Donald Waugh
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This is why remakes always get a bad rap...
15 January 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

An abomination. Disney's remake of their own 1965 slapstick classic concerns a clever feline leading an F.B.I. agent to a kidnapped woman. Christina Ricci gives a churlish, let-me-outta-here performance as the cat's owner, while the the fed is played embarrassingly over-the-top by Doug E. Doug, who has been directed to resemble a human cartoon. A pair of rich neurotics (Dyan Cannon and original "Cat" cast member Dean Jones) are amusing, and the formula plot still has a little juice left in it; but the handling here is so heavy and lugubrious--and the cat so dull and lifeless--that the whole project feels dog-tired. NO STARS from ****


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