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  • Actors: Steve Guttenberg, Cynthia Watros, Lombardo Boyar, A.J. Benza, Tom Wright
  • Directors: Steve Guttenberg
  • Writers: Steve Guttenberg, James Kirkwood Jr., Jeff Korn
  • Producers: Addison Wright, Dawn Youngsteadt, Derek Vaughn, Jeffery C. Foy
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A2ZPZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,157 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "P.S. Your Cat Is Dead" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

It's New Year's Eve and Jimmy Zoole is having a bad day. He's been robbed twice, his girlfriend is leaving, he just lost his job and the only one left to talk to is a burglar who he has tied to the kitchen counter!

Customer Reviews

The book is one of the funniest things ever written.
Dani H
And for a film like this to work, the audience must connect with the characters and care about them.
Phillip O.
If you read the book and watched this movie you'll know what I mean.
PWTSM

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 29, 2003
Format: DVD
PS YOUR CAT IS DEAD was almost as important a book and play as CATCHER IN THE RYE when it was created in the 1970s. For those legions of us who loved both book and Kirkwood's own adaptation as a play, this new film, for all its flaws, conjures up many great memories and many sad elegies. The film is in the hands of actor/director Steve Gutenberg and his touch is just too heavy handed to do the work justice. As is often the case, when the main actor is also the director and worse, when the character acted is prone to extremes of behavior, then who is left to tighten the reins on the over all piece? Gutenberg takes practically the whole movie to make us care and warm to him, so whining, screaming and self-indulgent is his portrayal. The best part of the film is the very sensitive work of Lombardo Boyar as the burglar. He manages to touch on almost every aspect of this complicated character and is never less than entertaining and sympathetic.
Despite the shortcomings of this film, author Kirkwood still shines as a sensitive observer of the human condition, of the panorama of sexuality, and as master of the short quip. It is to Gutenberg's credit that he dedicated this film to Kirkwood and to Sal Mineo (both deceased now) who played the burglar in an early form of the play. THAT brings back a lot of memories worth holding.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Roberts on January 23, 2004
Format: DVD
It's been years since I read the book, but this film brought back none of the good feelings I remember from that experience. The usually charming Steve Guttenberg is annoying beyond belief. Sadly, his directing debut is even worse. Pacing is agonizingly slow, editing is all wrong. The apartment, which is described in the film's own dialogue as a dump, is gorgeous. The whole thing makes no sense. Only my fond memories of the book kept me watching to the end, hoping against hope it would get better. It never did. The best thing in the movie is A. J. Benza as the would-be rapist Carmine. During his two brief scenes the screen pulses with energy. You know you're in trouble when the best thing in the movie is the rapist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Walters Judson Group on March 3, 2011
Format: DVD
This film shows that it is possible when two completely opposite people clash
with their worthless futures and can find a solace together. Enemies
can become friends.

Steve Guttenberg plays a run down actor who is at the end of his rope.
On the "worst day of his life" his girlfriend has left him, he has lost his
job, and his cat is gravely ill at the Vet.

After his apartment is ransacked multiple times, he finds the burglar
hiding under his bed after a heated argument with his girlfriend.

Guttenberg plans to torture Eddie, his newly found "gay" burglar, but
things just don't always go right for him and he finds himself in hot water
after his plans fall through. A very quiet, but agreeable ending.

Danie James Tyler, The WJGroup
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Get What We Give VINE VOICE on July 7, 2004
Format: DVD
P.S. Your Cat is Dead should be hilariously funny. It should be poignantly touching. The film version of the same is neither.
Steve Guttenburg, who both stars and directs this film is to be commended for making a film that most would not bother putting to celluloid. Unfortunately, he needs someone to provide him with better direction and someone to provide better pacing of the film.
The basic premise is that Jimmy Zool is a poor jerk who has just lost his girlfriend, his job, his cat is in the vet, and his apartment has just been robbed - for the 3rd time! Life can't get much worse can it? Enter the robber for another return visit. Caught in the act, the robber is forced to undergo humiliations at the hands of Jimmy. Eventually the two come to terms with each other and learn to actually not only like each other but realize there may be something more in the offing.
Guttenburg plays Jimmy as a sad sack with little or no likable characteristics. The character is supposed to merely be the victim of a series of bad incidences. He's feeling pretty low. Unfortunately, Guttenburg's Jimmy is morose and not likable at all. Also, he wears this tragically unattractive facial expression throughout most of the film that is supposed to pass for sadness - not an emotion that is one that Jimmy is really dealing with - it's more deeply felt than just that.
The fellow who plays the robber is at least refreshing in his role, though I feel that he's playing it a bit too light heartedly. (You see, I've directed the stage version of this play). This is the role that Sal Mineo was playing at the time of his murder - I doubt that the talented Mineo would have played him quite as flippant on the whole.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mal Tempo on August 29, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
James Kirkwood once described his play as "a little kinky dinky."
Over 30 years ago, when it first appeared, indeed it was quite a
shock for audiences. Rather than maintain its contemporary 1970 look, Guttenberg's version updates: instead of cold New York City, we have hot L.A. on New Year's Eve. Instead of a crude Italian cat burglar, we have a Latino version. That the changes update, but do not alter the original intent may be testimony to the basic symbols that Kirkwood used in his catty, semi-autobiographical tale. The author also once noted that, once the original is sold to another, the story belongs to them. From that view, Guttenberg has done much that ought to be complimented, esp. the casting of Lombardo Boyer as the burglar. Casting himself as a Woody Allen sort on steroids was not the best move. Jimmy Zoole was meant to be charming and likeable, even under adverse conditions. On stage Keir Dullea conveyed that. As played by Steve Guttenberg, the character of Jimmy Zoole does not become likeable at all. As a former actor, Jimmy Kirkwood wrote characters that actors could play with elan...and nearly every performer has that chance to shine. Guttenberg is to be commended for finally bringing Kirkwood's story to the screen. The road to becoming a film was cursed; it had so many false starts, including the murder of Sal Mineo who was to direct the original film and star, as he rehearsed the play in Los Angeles. Jim Kirkwood himself intended to direct a film version as late as 1988. For Kirkwood's legion of fans, the film is a welcome renewal of Kirkwood's work; for others, it may be just another cult film.
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