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Miss Minoes (2001)

Minoes (original title)
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A cat who turns into a young woman helps a journalist protect their town from a factory boss with an evil plan.

Director:

Vincent Bal

Writers:

Annie M.G. Schmidt (novel), Tamara Bos (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Theo Maassen ... Tibbe
Carice van Houten ... Minoes
Sarah Bannier Sarah Bannier ... Bibi
Pierre Bokma ... Ellemeet
Marisa Van Eyle Marisa Van Eyle ... Mevrouw Ellemeet
Olga Zuiderhoek Olga Zuiderhoek ... Mevrouw van Dam
Kees Hulst Kees Hulst ... Meneer van Dam
Hans Kesting Hans Kesting ... Harry de Haringman
Jack Wouterse Jack Wouterse ... Burgemeester
Lineke Rijxman Lineke Rijxman ... Pia Bongers
Bas Teeken Bas Teeken ... Sjoerd de Wit
Bianca Krijgsman Bianca Krijgsman ... Roddeltante
Plien van Bennekom Plien van Bennekom ... Roddeltante
Wim Van den Heuvel Wim Van den Heuvel ... Meneer Pastoor
Joep Onderdelinden Joep Onderdelinden ... Leraar
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Storyline

A cat who turns into a young woman (Minoes) retains some of her feline characteristics and helps a journalist to gather news for the front page of a local newspaper. With the help of Minoes, who can talk to the cats in the small town, he soon discovers that the helpful and popular chairman of the "Club For Friends of Animals" and boss of a nearby factory has evil plans with the village. Written by <nbosboom@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

always listen to your felines See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief language, smoking and rude behavior | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

6 December 2001 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Miss Minoes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€5,328,737 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$604,275 (Netherlands), 21 December 2001

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,489, 30 December 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,541, 1 January 2012
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Georgina Verbaan and Nadja Hüpscher were other contestants for the lead role. See more »

Goofs

In her opening scene, Miss Minoes is wearing heels, but the stunt jumper (from the tree) is wearing flats; look close, it happens fast. See more »

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Featured in Pauw & Witteman: Episode #5.63 (2010) See more »

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Heart-warming, funny and not only for children.
11 December 2001 | by jroenSee all my reviews

December 2001. Amidst the noise of the other novel adaptations (Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Discovery of Heaven) comes a simple, loveable, heart-warming story of a cat that turned into a young lady.

Based on the famous children's book by Annie M.G. Schmidt, the movie tells of a young lady Minoes who takes shelter at Tibbe's house. Tibbe is a shy reporter on the verge of getting fired, because he is too afraid to go up to people to get any news. But Minoes turns out to be a big help. She still speaks with cats and in this way she hears about all the things happening in town. She tells tibbe the news and in return he lets her stay at his room. Things get complicated as Minoes and Tibbe find out about an evil plan of one of the town's most fore-standing men. But with help of the cats and Tibbe's neighbour-girl Bibi, they are too good a team to be beaten.

The story is one thing, but there is more to enjoy. The overall feeling of a small-town community comes through well. The characters are clearly drawn-out, the situations are simple and the world-events are fare away. People care about the fish-car that got crashed and a pot of golden coins found in the cemetary.

In that environment we get to know Minoes, played by Carice van Houten. She puts the problems and enjoyments of being a young lady with cat-qualities convincingly to the screen. She climbs roofs, is fond of fish and is terrified of even the smallest dog. Throughout the movie she more and more finds a balance between being human and cat at the same time. And that is the most important theme of the movie, being happy with your self and standing up for that. Tibbe, the reporter, has to overcome his shyness to stand up to the evil plans of mr. Ellemeet and convince the townspeople of those evil plans. But fortunately he has Minoes, Bibi and bunch of cats to back him up. Tibbe, played by comedian Theo Maassen, is fun to watch and really makes you feel for his problems.

And there is more, like the talking cats that all have different personalities, all the other actors that do great jobs, the typically dutch look and feel of the movie etc. But above all Minoes shows us the heart-warming qualities and timelessness of a well-made, old-fashioned, simple story. Treat yourself and take your kids or somebody elses.


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