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Cats (1998)

Not Rated | | Musical | 27 October 1998 (USA)
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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.

Director:

David Mallet

Writer:

T.S. Eliot (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elaine Paige ... Grizabella
John Mills ... Gus the Theatre Cat
Ken Page ... Old Deuteronomy
Rosemarie Ford ... Bombalurina
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 ... Mistoffelees
Susan Jane Tanner Susan Jane Tanner ... Jellylorum
Phyllida Crowley Smith Phyllida Crowley Smith ... Victoria
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Storyline

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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Das weltweit beliebteste Musical von Andrew Lloyd Webber - Die Erinnerung wird immer bleiben! (The worldwide most liked musical of Andrew Lloyd Webber - The memory will last forever!) See more »

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | USA

Release Date:

27 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Macskák See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally released theatrically by Universal Studios before being released on VHS and DVD, as well as broadcast on Public Television world-wide. See more »

Goofs

During the beginning of "The Awful Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles," Victoria and Jemima can be seen sitting next to Old Deuteronomy watching along. In one scene, it shows them start to get up and leave, and they are gone in the next scene. The scene afterward, they are shown sitting there again, and gone again in the next. See more »

Quotes

All: If it happens the sun is shining bright...
Rum Tum Tugger: ...you'd say we had nothing to do at all!
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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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Soundtracks

The Awful Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles
Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and T.S. Eliot
Performed by Ken Page, Michael Gruber and chorus
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Highly Enjoyable Musical-to-Video
15 February 1999 | by GislefSee all my reviews

Something for all ages; my children (3 and 5) get a huge kick out of this, and have the lyrics memorized. Unlike some movie musicals (JC Superstar, A Chorus Line), it really doesn't try to adapt to "being" a movie, but settles for being (mostly) just filming folks on stage performing in a musical. Some of the movie-style cuts are, IMO, a bit disconcerting (Rum Tug Tugger to Grisabella's entrance, Theater Cat to Shimbleskanks), and I'm not familiar enough with the musical itself to know if the cuts are part of the original or were bad edits unique to the video itself. You do get any number of close-ups to admire the costuming and make-up, and the casting is superb. Enjoyable for audiences of all ages if you like musicals.


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