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Cat Chaser

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Peter Weller, Kelly McGillis. Shady characters, double crosses, and an old flame with a dangerous husband. Welcome to Elmore Leonard country! 1989/color/97 min/R/fullscreen.

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  • Actors: Peter Weller, Kelly McGillis, Charles Durning, Frederic Forrest, Tomas Milian
  • Directors: Abel Ferrara
  • Writers: Elmore Leonard, James Borrelli
  • Producers: Guy Collins, Josi W. Konski, Mari Provenzano, Peter S. Davis, William N. Panzer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CDLBB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,671 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By A Customer on January 4, 2004
Format: DVD
Viewers hoping to see the controversial "pistol" scene, in which McGillis's character is forced by her jealous husband to open her legs for his gun will be disappointed to find that it has been cut from the R-rated DVD version. For that, you'll apparently have to stick with the unrated VHS tape. Other than that, the movie is a decent if unspectacular B thriller, and the digital transfer is pretty good.
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This DVD is 7 min. shorter than the previously released VHS version. Most of the steamier scenes have been cut
completely or edited for content.While these scenes are not crucial to the plot,they were part of the original presentation and should have remained as they aided in character developement.A good movie lessened by censorship.
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By A Customer on February 13, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
A thin story of intrigue and desire in Miami is made very watchable by a good director and a superb collection of actors. Weller and McGillis are thoughtful and convincing as reluctant lovers trying simply to be left in peace. Frederick Forrest provides strong support. Charles Durning, in a small role, walks away with the movie. The character he plays is smart, cunning and, by turns, endearing and brutal. Durning is the reason I've watched this film three or four times since it first appeared in 1990, and I recommend you give it a try.
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Format: DVD
Viewed: 5/08
Rate: 7

5/08: Cat Chaser is through and through film noir that seems to be obvious and too easy. I am familiar with two previous films by Abel Ferrara: Bad Lieutenant and King of New York. He is similar to Henry Hathaway because both of them are flawed directors. Abel Ferrara can direct and is capable of making a film to work, but he doesn't possess command of realizing potential out of a script. Usually, he holds back, never fully realizing what direction his movie should be heading into. Bad Lieutenant is a good example since Harvey Keitel gave his best performance, but it's the message of the film that seems to go nowhere. Christopher Walken of King of New York was destined to give an acclaimed performance, but there was too little of him and too much of nothingness. For some while, I thought Cat Chaser was going to end up in the same avenue as the other two, but it turned out to be a better film than I anticipated. Yet I feel the execution of the story to be ordinarily simple. Obviously, the two survivors should have been faced with imminent death, but Charles Durning's character wasn't much of a threat. I did think Tomas Milian's Andres DeBoya to be a more credible villain that was supposed to be on a warpath after what had happened and contributed to his shame. Somehow, the development of his character during Cat Chaser left him weak and disappointing. There is a certain scene in Cat Chaser that reminds me of the one from Scarface. Overall, I thought Cat Chaser was a fine film that benefited greatly from direction and cinematography. Peter Weller did a great job playing the typical odd man out who is found involved in some intricate situation yet he actually stays outside of it.
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Forgotten for good reason Elmore Leonard adaptation about a hotel owner named George Moran (Peter Weller) in love with a bad man's wife (Kelly McGillis--about as sexy as a piece of frozen trout). The bad man in question is a former South American general who made his bones by torturing prisoners (stripping them naked, cutting off their genitalia--you know, the fun stuff) and is definitely not someone whose wife you want to sleep with. Some shady characters try to rope Moran into a plan to steal a large sum of money from the general that he hides in his home as an emergency getaway fund and in return they promise to kill the sadistic jerk, making all Moran's problems go away so he can live happily-ever-after with the ex Mrs. General. But Weller's Moran is smart enough not to trust these shady characters--the problem is that they won't take no for an answer and he doesn't see a way out.

While Cat Chaser is credited to director Abel Ferrara (Ms. 45; Fear City) it was almost certainly taken out of his hands in post-production. Cat Chaser has no pacing whatsoever, especially in its early scenes which move from one to the next without every pausing to take a breath. The lack of pacing between scenes kills any drama, making Cat Chaser feel like one of those old condensed, airline versions of a feature film. Then there's the narration of what is presumably text straight from Elmore Leonard's source material and which frequently feels like someone is playing a Books-On-Tape over the soundtrack for no particular reason.

Kelly McGillis was probably the chilliest actress of her generation and never showed much chemistry with any of her male costars. Peter Weller is nicely cast as the likable hero but deserved a much better movie.
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CAT CHASER is my favorite Elmore Leonard novel, but this film is a major disappointment. With the exception of the ever-reliable Charles Durning, the acting (by otherwise fine actors) is oddly wooden, and the direction is uninspired. It also has a flat, third-person voice-over narration that bridges scenes and does not work at all. Read the book. And for the best Leonard on film, watch the TV show JUSTIFIED, which, even though it is based on a short story (and a character that has appeared in 3 books), captures the essence of what made Leonard a master.
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