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"Jellicle" cats join for a Jellicle ball where they rejoice with their leader, Old Deuteronomy. One cat will be chosen to go to the "Heavyside Layer" and be reborn. The cats introduce themselves.


David Mallet


T.S. Eliot (book)





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Elaine Paige ... Grizabella
John Mills ... Gus the Theatre Cat
Ken Page ... Old Deuteronomy
Rosemarie Ford Rosemarie Ford ... Bombalurina
Michael Gruber Michael Gruber ... Munkustrap
John Partridge John Partridge ... Rum Tum Tugger
Aeva May Aeva May ... Demeter
Geoffrey Garratt Geoffrey Garratt ... Skimbleshanks (as Geoffrey Garrat)
James Barron James Barron ... Bustopher Jones
Jo Gibb Jo Gibb ... Rumpleteazer
Drew Varley Drew Varley ... Mungojerrie
Susie McKenna Susie McKenna ... Jennyanydots
Jacob Brent Jacob Brent ... Mistoffelees
Susan Jane Tanner Susan Jane Tanner ... Jellylorum
Phyllida Crowley Smith Phyllida Crowley Smith ... Victoria


Cats is a pop-cultural phenomenon that has been performed on stage for more than 50 million patrons in 26 countries for almost 18 years, resulting in more than two billion dollars in ticket sales. Now that Cats has finally made it to the small screen, attention must be paid not just by fans of this critic-proof show, but also by those entertainment mavens who have somehow avoided it until now. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

27 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cats See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Really Useful Films,KQED See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The cast, dancers and singers were drawn together from the various stage productions of the musical. Examples of this include Elaine Page originated the role of 'Grizabella' in London; 'Ken Page', who originated 'Old Deuteronomy' on Broadway; Sir John Mills as 'Gus The Theatre Cat', Michael Gruber as 'Munkustrap'; John Partridge as 'The Rum Tum Tugger'; Jo Gibb as 'Rumpleteazer'; 'Susan Jane Tanner' as 'Jellylorum' etc. See more »


During 'Old Deuteronomy', Mungojerrie can been see in the background lying in front of Rumpleteazer with his head on her lap. The film then cuts to a close up, in which Mungojerrie is now lying *behind* Rumpleteazer, propped up on one elbow. When the film goes back to a long shot, Mungojerrie is back to his original position. In some shots, Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer disappear entirely. See more »


Rum Tum Tugger: Old Deuteronomy's buried nine wives, and more I am tempted to say... 99.
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Crazy Credits

Credits show clips of each person in their characters costume from the video along with their name and character role. See more »


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The Rum Tum Tugger
Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and T.S. Eliot
Performed by John Partridge and chorus
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7 July 2003 | by abby_cgSee all my reviews

I saw this musical 11 years ago in my country and I became in love with it. I knew about the existing film 4 years after it was made. Beautiful memories came to my mind and i think it can not be better. Excellent work. Dances are full of energy, fantastic choreography, costumes and make up, every cat has a unique personality, the cast is incredible, excellent. The music infects you with joy. IT´S A BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE.

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