Purr Blur Thursday bannerComa (1978)

Coma poster

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Starring:
 Geneviève Bujold, Michael Douglas
Directed by: Michael Crichton

Synopsis: Based on the novel by Robin Cook. Dr. Susan Wheeler (Geneviève Bujold) becomes convinced that something sinister is happening at her hospital where patients are inexplicably slipping into comas.

Purr Blur: In the middle of the film Susan and Dr. Mark Bellows (Michael Douglas) are spending a relaxing day together by the seaside. They stop to look into the window of an antique store where a tuxedo cat is making itself comfortable in a chair.

Coma - tuxedo cat in chair in antique store window with Susan Geneviève Bujold and Mark Michael Douglas

Coma - tuxedo cat in chair in antique store window with Susan Geneviève Bujold and Mark Michael Douglas

Final Mewsings: The cat is not for sale!

Many thanks to Nick Wale for spotting the quick kitty in this film!


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Midnight Express (1978)

Midnight Express poster

Columbia Pictures
Starring:
 Brad Davis, John Hurt
Directed by: Alan Parker

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: The somewhat controversial interpretation of Billy Hayes’ (Brad Davis) book about his experience as an American college student who was thrown into a Turkish prison for attempting to smuggle hashish out of Turkey.

Featured Feline: Billy meets an older drug-addicted prisoner named Max (John Hurt) whose companion is an orange and white tabby cat named Higbert.

Midnight Express - Max John Hurt sitting on bed with orange and white cat Higbert in lap

Midnight Express - orange and white cat Higbert in lap

Max has altercations with another prisoner named Rifki (Paolo Bonacelli) who strikes out at the cat in one scene.

Midnight Express - orange and white cat Higbert lying on bed

Midnight Express - orange and white cat Higbert lying on bed with ears back

Late one night Max is calling for Higbert, who is sitting in a small high window and won’t come down. Max gives up, muttering, “Sodding cat” before walking away.

Midnight Express - orange and white cat Higbert in high window

The next morning the prisoners are shocked to see Higbert hanging by his neck from a light bulb cord. Max hurries down to take down the cat and cradles him in his arms, crying. It’s not clear how this scene was achieved, since for all appearances a real cat was used. The cat may have been heavily drugged and hooked to the cord with a harness but we have no confirmation at this time of how the scene was filmed.

Midnight Express - Max John Hurt sitting and holding dead orange and white cat Higbert

Kitty Cameo:  In another earlier scene Billy is walking around the prison at night alone. He picks up a calico cat and hugs her briefly before setting her down.

Midnight Express - Billy Brad Davis holding calico cat

Final Mewsings: What did the cats do to deserve prison time?


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Crossing Over (2009)

Crossing Over poster

The Weinstein Company
Starring:
 Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta
Directed by: Wayne Kramer

Synopsis: The lives of various people of different nationalities come together as they struggle with different aspects of the U.S. immigration process.

Bad Kitty: Immigration official Max Brogan (Harrison Ford) is seen at home one evening, sitting on a couch while drinking. Beside him is his pet orange tabby cat. As Max drinks, the cat turns and jumps off the couch. The cat is only seen this one time.

Crossing Over - orange tabby cat on couch with Max Brogan Harrison Ford

Crossing Over - orange tabby cat being petted by Max Brogan Harrison Ford

Crossing Over - orange tabby cat turning away on couch with Max Brogan Harrison Ford

Final Mewsings: Cats and booze are one way to wind down after a hard day.


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Tales from the Crypt – “Collection Completed”

Tales from the Crypt Season One DVD

Original Air Date: June 28, 1989
Starring: M. Emmett Walsh, Audra Lindley
Directed by: Mary Lambert

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains spoilers for this episode!

Synopsis: A man named Jonas (M. Emmett Walsh) is forced to retire and finds life with his pet-loving wife Anita (Audra Lindley) unbearable. That is until he takes up a new hobby.

Featured Feline: The episode begins with Anita waiting for Jonas to come home and give him a surprise party. She thinks she hears him outside but when she opens the front door a long-haired ginger tabby is sitting there, wet from the rain.

Tales From the Crypt - Collection Completed - orange tabby cat Mew Mew wet on front step

Anita happily gathers the cat in her arms and asks her name. When the cat meows twice Anita names her Mew Mew. She takes Mew Mew inside, not realizing she has closed the door on her husband.

Tales From the Crypt - Collection Completed - Anita Audra Lindley holding orange tabby cat Mew Mew

Tales From the Crypt - Collection Completed - Anita Audra Lindley holding orange tabby cat Mew Mew and looking surprised

Jonas is in a bad mood already, having been forced to retire, and it gets even worse when he trips over Mew Mew. He’s furious that Anita has taken in another pet.

Tales From the Crypt - Collection Completed - Jonas tripping over orange tabby cat Mew Mew

Tales From the Crypt - Collection Completed - orange tabby cat Mew Mew

Cat Cattle Call:  Jonas goes upstairs to bed and Anita has to go into the kitchen and break the news of no party to her many pets waiting there. Included are three cats.

Tales From the Crypt - Collection Completed - animals wearing party hats and sitting at kitchen table

The next morning Jonas forgets he doesn’t have to wake up early. Anita tells him to sleep late and then picks up a pretty tabby and gives the cat a kiss.

Tales From the Crypt - Collection Completed - Anita Audra Lindley kissing grey tabby cat

Anita fixes a steak and gives a few pieces to several cats at her feet. Her husband is less than thrilled when she feeds the steak to a bulldog she has named Jonas.

Tales From the Crypt - Collection Completed - three cats at Anita's feet

Several cats are seen in the back yard when Jonas takes up gardening and trims the bushes.

Tales From the Crypt - Collection Completed - cats seen in back yard

In a later scene Jonas overhears Anita having a rather intimate talk with Mew Mew.

Tales From the Crypt - Collection Completed - orange tabby cat Mew Mew sitting on table

Jonas doesn’t like Mew Mew and things get worse when Mew Mew knocks over a pitcher of lemonade Anita has left for him.

Tales From the Crypt - Collection Completed - orange tabby cat Mew Mew pawing at pitcher of lemonade

Tales From the Crypt - Collection Completed - orange tabby cat Mew Mew knocking over pitcher of lemonade animated gif

Attempting to go after Mew Mew with his garden shears, Jonas falls into a pond.

Tales From the Crypt - Collection Completed - orange tabby cat Mew Mew meowing by pond

Tales From the Crypt - Collection Completed - orange tabby cat Mew Mew sitting on rock

Near the end of the episode Anita, who is carrying Mew Mew, calls down into the basement asking Jonas if he has seen Jonas. Jonas says the dog is in the back yard.

Tales From the Crypt - Collection Completed - Anita Audra Lindley carrying orange tabby cat Mew Mew into basement

Anita sets Mew Mew down and goes out back where she finds the dog has been stuffed. She confronts Jonas who shows that he has taken up taxidermy and stuffed all of her pets. He then pulls Mew Mew out of a box and threatens to stuff her as well.

Tales From the Crypt - Collection Completed - Jonas M. Emmett Smith holding up orange tabby cat Mew Mew to Anita Audra Lindley

Tales From the Crypt - Collection Completed - Jonas M. Emmett Smith holding orange tabby cat Mew Mew with Anita Audra Lindley

Tales From the Crypt - Collection Completed - Jonas M. Emmett Smith holding orange tabby cat Mew Mew

Anita takes matters into her own hands and hits Jonas over the head with the inscribed hammer he received for his retirement.

Tales From the Crypt - Collection Completed - Jonas M. Emmett Smith holding orange tabby cat Mew Mew close

In the final scene a neighbor calls on Anita and she says Jonas has learned to relax and enjoy his retirement. In fact he has been stuffed himself and is seen with Mew Mew sitting on his lap.

Tales From the Crypt - Collection Completed - Jonas M. Emmett Smith stuffed with orange tabby cat Mew Mew on lap

Final Mewsings: No good can come from trying to kill a cat.

Many thanks to Leila for letting us know about this episode!


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Trash Cat (2015)

Directed by: Kelsey Goldych

Synopsis: A girl has to deal with a pet cat who likes to knock over trash cans.

Cartoon Cat: This very clever short finds a girl lying on her bed. Her cat comes in and knocks over her trash can.

Trash Cat - cat knocks over garbage can as girl on bed looks

The girl angrily leaves the room and the cat gets up on the computer desk.

Trash Cat - cat on bed looks at girl with trash can

Trash Cat - cat jumps up on computer desk

When the cat sits on the keyboard it is zapped into the computer where it explores the windows and jumps around.

Trash Cat - cat sits on computer keyboard

Trash Cat - cat on computer screen

We won’t spoil the ending because it is just too cute not to experience yourself. And stick around through the credits for a bonus little joke.

Trash Cat - cat on computer screen

Trash Cat - cat on computer screen with trash can

Final Mewsings: Cats and computers often don’t mix.


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