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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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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

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

Gross USA:

$18,301,610

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

Agent Zeke Kelso's car, a classic Ford Falcon, shares a platform and many components with the Ford Fairlane, the vehicle which served as Agent Kelso's car in the original 1965 film. See more »

Goofs

The headlights during the chase. See more »

Quotes

Lizzie: I know karate.
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Old Fashioned (2016) See more »

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Birdland
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User Reviews

 
Even with Christina Ricci in the title role, this could have been much better
19 May 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The main reason why I wanted to see this movie remake was because of Christina Ricci who I loved in Casper and the two Addams Family movies. While she was decent in the title role, although her character is pretty bratty and unlikeable, the cat is cute and Doug E.Doug brings a touch of class to Zeke, the whole film could have been much better. Other than Ricci and Jones, the remainder of the cast are unexceptional and that for me was a disappointment as I like Michael McKean, he is very talented, as was Peter Boyle. The cinematography and scenery from decent to adequate, but the real problems were in the story and the script. The story is very predictable, and there are parts where it drags very badly. The script is also very weak, lacking in a lot of areas, and I did feel the music was not that great either. The length is just right, but with such pedestrian pacing it feels twice as long sometimes. Also there is nothing new from the original, which was very entertaining otherwise unexceptional. Overall, watchable but disappointing. 4/10 Bethany Cox


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