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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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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

The position of the two ropes keeping Patti tied up appear to change dramatically between shots. When Patti is first seen tied up the ropes appear to tightly intersect each other. The ropes seem to suddenly be inches apart vertically when Zeke shows up seconds later, only to go back to their original tight intersection when there is a close up of Patti right before she gets free. See more »

Quotes

Judy Randall: Why are you always in black?
Patti Randall: Because it matches my soul.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1997 (1998) See more »

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You Must Be an Angel
Written by Richard Myhill
Performed by Donald Waugh
Courtesy of KPM
By Arrangement with Associated Production Music
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That Darn Remake!
8 April 2003 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

"That Darn Cat" is a makeover of the Disney film with Haley Mills. This time around, the world is darker, the main character is darker...and the cat is darker.

Christina ("Addams Family," "Sleepy Hollow") Ricci is the main character for our story. She's a psychopathic, Gothic creature with black all around. She moves to a new town, finds a new cat, finds a new mystery, and solves it (I wasn't expecting that). Along the way is Thomas F. Wilson, better known as Biff from "Back to the Future," and Michael McKean--who does a bunch of nothing considering how funny the guy usually is.

"That Darn Cat" fails on a lot of levels. It's watchable, and probably should be seen once on TV, but I wouldn't go out of your way to see it.

Christina Ricci is fine as the title character; but I found that the whole moody, Gothic thing was a bit overdone--whether it was on the script like that or not, it was overbearing. They kept stressing to the audience, "This girl is dark," but I think I got it the first time.

Dean Jones, from the original "That Darn Cat," makes a few cameos in this flick. Whatever happened to him? The last I remember him in a film without being a cameo was "Beethoven"...

Thomas F. Wilson does seem to prove he can act out characters other than Biff, Griff and Buford Tannen, but if I were him I wouldn't quit the day job just yet--a film like this isn't going to get him back in the acting arena.

The film's gags don't exactly work all the time. Sometimes they work a little bit, but on the whole, this film is a pretty big mess that should only be seen on television when nothing good is on.

2/5 stars -

John Ulmer

P.S.--Be on the lookout for cameos galore, including "Cheers" man John Ratzenburger.


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