Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
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Dig That Cat... He's Real Gone 

A bum displays his ability to resurrect himself.


Richard Donner


Terry Black (screenplay), Steven Dodd (creator)

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Episode cast overview:
John Kassir ... Crypt Keeper (voice)
Joe Pantoliano ... Ulric
Robert Wuhl ... Barker
Kathleen York ... Coralee
Gustav Vintas ... Dr. Emil Manfred
Steve Kahan ... Father (as Stephen Kahan)
Michael Bower ... Junior (as Michael Ray Bower)
Dorothy Neumann ... Old Lady
Jack O'Leary Jack O'Leary ... Archer
Paul Tuerpe Paul Tuerpe ... Policeman
Rick Zumwalt ... Workman #1
Al Maines Al Maines ... Workman #2


The vagrant Ulric is invited by Dr. Emil Manfred to participate in a medical experiment; in return, he would receive his savings. Dr. Manfred implants a group of cells from a cat and Ulric is able to die nine times. Ulric associates to the owner of a side show, Barker, and together with his mistress Coralee, they make a successful show where Ulric dies in front of the audiences. When Ulric uses the eight life, he schedules a great last show... for real. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

10 June 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The ringmaster tells Ulric that HBO has sent their check. Tales from the Crypt was produced and aired by HBO. See more »


Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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It doesn't get much better than this.
30 May 2006 | by TheScottmanSee all my reviews

This is my favorite episode of the whole series, it has the best jokes throughout the whole show and it was nothing short of horror. Joe Pantoliano (Bad Boys) plays Ulric a bum who meets Dr. Emil Manfred (Gustav Vintas) which gives him money to do and experiment on him. When Ulric wakes up he now has nine lives, so he and Dr.Manfred go into business with Barker played beautifully by Robert Wuhl (HBO's Arli$$)and the business is death.

A wonderful story of betrayal, greed, and murder. It's really hard for "Tales From The Crypt" to top this episode, they set the bar with this one and had the rest try to meet it, but few of them did.

This might be the best episode to introduce yourself with "Tales From The Crypt" if you don't know what it's about already. If you like this episode you'll love the rest of the series and if you don't, then no hard feelings, this show really isn't for you.

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