Cat People (1982)

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Film Review

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Cat People is an American horror film first released on 2nd April 1982, directed by Paul Schrader. Cinematography was by John Bailey and the film was scored by Giorgio Moroder. It is based on a story by DeWitt Bodeen and stars Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard, Annette O'Toole and Ruby Dee.   It is a RKO Pictures production, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and distributed by Universal Pictures. Location filming was in 1031 N Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.   The film was released with the tagline: "An erotic fantasy about the animal in us all."   It is a color film and runs to 1 hour and 58 minutes.  

Our overall rating for Cat People is: good - passable entertainment.

Other notable films that have been directed by Paul Schrader include: American Gigolo (1980), The Comfort of Strangers (1990), Touch (1997) and Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005). The actor Nastassja Kinski has also appeared in: Frühlingssinfonie (1983), La bionda (1996), Savior (1998) and An American Rhapsody (2001).

Other recommended films include the following: George Marshall's The Blue Dahlia (1946), Léonide Moguy's Conflit (1938), Nicolas Saada's Espion(s) (2009), Jacques Doillon's Le Premier venu (2008) and Jacques Tati's Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (1953).




Film Credits

  • Director: Paul Schrader
  • Script: Paul Schrader, DeWitt Bodeen (story), Alan Ormsby
  • Cinematographer: John Bailey
  • Music: Giorgio Moroder
  • Cast: Nastassja Kinski (Irena Gallier), Malcolm McDowell (Paul Gallier), John Heard (Oliver Yates), Annette O'Toole (Alice Perrin), Ruby Dee (Female), Ed Begley Jr. (Joe Creigh), Scott Paulin (Bill Searle), Frankie Faison (Detective Brandt), Ron Diamond (Detective Ron Diamond), Lynn Lowry (Ruthie), John Larroquette (Bronte Judson), Tessa Richarde (Billie), Patricia Perkins (Taxi Driver), Berry Berenson (Sandra), Fausto Barajas (Otis), John H. Fields (Massage Parlor Manager), Emery Hollier (Yeatman Brewer), Stephen Marshal (Moonie), Robert Pavlovich (Ted), Julie Denney (Carol), Arione De Winter (Indian Village Mother), Francine Segal (Church Woman), Don Hood (Train Station Agent), David Showacre (Man in Bar), Neva Gage (Cat-Like Woman)
  • Editor: Jacqueline Cambas, Jere Huggins, Ned Humphreys
  • Set designer: Bruce Weintraub
  • Costume designer: Daniel Paredes
  • Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer, Charles W. Fries, Nanette Siegert, Max Rosenberg
  • Production company: RKO Pictures, Universal Pictures
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Support: Color
  • Runtime: 118 min




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