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- Release Date: 1985
- Genre: Compilation of Shorts
- Cast and crew: Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King, Kenneth McMillan, Robert Hays, Candy Clark, James Naughton, Tony Munafo, Court Miller, Russell Horton, Patricia Benson, Mary D’Arcy, James Rebhorn, Jack Dillon, Susan Hawes, Shelly Burch, Sal Richards, Jesse Doran, Patricia Kalember, Mike Starr, Charles S. Dutton
- Director: Lewis Teague
- Screenwriter: Stephen King
Cat’s Eye (1985) Rating:
- Dylan = 8 / 10;
- Simina = 8 / 10;
- IMDb = 6.3 / 10;
- Rotten Tomatoes = 6.7 / 10;
Cat’s Eye (1985) Synopsis:
Cat’s Eye, written for the screen by Stephen King, revolves around a cat and her connection with three different stories taking place in three different cities.
Cat’s Eye (1985) Review:
All my friends know my almost fanatic love for Stephen King. Once or twice, I even proclaimed undying respect for this author, on my Facebook page (Movie Quotes). Maybe it happened more than twice but either way, it never is enough. When you grow up reading an author, his books shape your thinking and your personality. He single handily forms the person you are today. He was one of the first authors I’ve read and thanks to him (and the others) I’ve learned to love and respect the written word. Thereee are movies or books I still compare to Stephen King’s work and often I go back to his novels and short stories because they make me feel like home. I know some of you won’t consider him as a role model but when you have a certain inclination towards horror, he’s the best there is. That’s why I wanted to see this movie.
Cat’s Eye, directly written for the screen by the master of horror, revolves around a cat and her connection with three different stories taking place in three different cities.
In “The Quitters”, a stray tabby cat who searches for a little girl (Drew Barrymore) that needs his protection, is picked up by a man working for a clinic that helps people to quit smoking, where a desperate Dick Morrison, played by James Woods, enlists himself in the program not having a clue what awaits him behind the door. He soon finds out though, when he’s received by the doctor in charge and showed a horrific demonstration of the same tabby cat being electrocuted behind a glass wall. The doctor explains to him if he even puffs from a cigarette, his wife will get the same treatment as the cat and if he has a second fall back, his daughter too. All Morrison has to do is not smoke for a month and his family will be in a clear. Easier said than done. In the second story “The Ledge”, the cat escapes from the clinic and ends up in the hands of a gangster who makes his wife lover take a tour around his penthouse apartment, outside on the narrow ledge of the building. And finally, in the final story “The General” after the cat hides in a truck, he ends up in a small town where he’s taken home by the girl he supposed to protect. What she needs protection is from a tiny evil troll living in the girl’s bedroom wall.
The first story although odd and suspenseful, I found it hilarious. Smoker myself trying desperately to quit, I tried to put myself in James Wood’s shoes but I couldn’t. The idea is genius and macabre and it wouldn’t work in real life but for a piece of fiction, I thought it was brilliant. The second story has some touches of black humor, it is gripping and well-acted. The third one has the cat as the main character, and being an animal lover and a cat person, I absolutely loved it. Thereee are tens of movies about dogs saving the day but very few about the smallest of felines. “The General” presents a side of this small animal, rarely shown in movies but we, as cat lovers, know it’s there.