Based on the international best selling book. The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.

Director:

Roger Spottiswoode

Writers:

James Bowen (novel), Garry Jenkins (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Treadaway ... James
Bob the Cat ... Bob
Ruta Gedmintas ... Betty
Joanne Froggatt ... Val
Anthony Head ... Jack Bowen
Darren Evans ... Baz
Tony Jayawardena Tony Jayawardena ... Tony
Adam Riches ... Man with Car
Llewella Gideon Llewella Gideon ... Meter Woman
Lorraine Ashbourne ... Local Housing Officer
Akbar Kurtha Akbar Kurtha ... Pharmacist
John Henshaw John Henshaw ... Tube Station Guard
Beth Goddard ... Hilary
Ivana Basic ... Vet Receptionist
Jessica Woodland Jessica Woodland ... Vet Assistant
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Based on the international best selling book. The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Sometimes it takes nine lives to save one See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Second time James closes the "mouse neighbor door" he uses the book "Of Mice and Men" from John Steinbeck. See more »

Goofs

James & Bob catch the 38 bus (a real bus route) from his new flat somewhere in Islington, which is in north London, to get to Covent Garden in central London. This is a journey of approximately 2.5 miles in a southerly direction on this route (presumably James gets off around Cambridge Circus and walks the few hundred yards to Covent Garden). The final destination on the front of the bus should therefore read 'Victoria Station' if it is heading south but in the film the front of the bus says the 38 bus terminates at 'Angel Islington' which indicates that the bus is travelling northwards and therefore in completely the wrong direction. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
James Bowen: Give it a try... help Bob and I
James Bowen: [from the trailer] So what number life are you on? Apparently I'm on my ninth
James Bowen: [from the trailer] Everyone gets a second chance! But not everyone manages to take them! Luckily for me I had a very important companion to help with my second chance
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Crazy Credits

On the UK release, the British Board Of Film Censors card preceding the feature reads 'A Streetcar Named Desire' briefly, before being replaced by the appropriate card for the film. This may have been a glitch peculiar to the cinema. See more »

Connections

References The Journey Home (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Somewhere on the Avenue (Life is Good)
Written by Charlie Fink
Performed by Luke Treadaway
(p) 2016 Sony Music Entertainment
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Emotional, Suspenseful and Thought Provoking
14 January 2017 | by tom-beckerSee all my reviews

A Street Cat Named Bob was a surprise for me.

I think Roger Spottiswoode's extensive directing experience and meticulous casting make this work by never relenting intensity. I don't think there could have been a better casted lead; Luke Treadaway is brilliant but more important, believable. His singing, real or sync'd, is just stellar and heartfelt. Joanne Froggatt also adds realism but Betty, Ruta Gedmintas, is probably a bit too good looking for the overall feel of the film but she's great nevertheless.

Sure, it's yet another down-on-their-luck story but, being closely based on true events, I found it gripping and real with dialogue that's cinematic but believable. There are moments in the film where my disbelief was certainly suspended.

If you are an animal person, the film may be even more rewarding.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Street Cat Named Bob See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,887, 20 November 2016

Gross USA:

$82,703

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,053,043
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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