Category Archives: Gray Cat

Malicious (1995)

Malicious poster

Keystone Pictures
Starring:
 Molly Ringwald, Patrick McGaw
Directed by: Ian Corson

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

Synopsis: College baseball star Doug Gordon (Patrick McGaw) has a brief affair with a medical student named Melissa Nelson (Molly Ringwald). But when Doug’s girlfriend returns from a trip he tries to break it off with Melissa. Not so easy to do!

Featured Feline: Doug lives at home with his widowed mother (Mimi Kuzyk) and a gray cat (whose name is not mentioned, which is never a good sign). The cat is first seen in two scenes sitting by Doug’s answering machine and listening to the message of “You know what to do when you hear the beep!”

Malicious - gray cat sitting by phone and answering machine

Malicious - gray cat sitting by phone and answering machine

Malicious - close up of gray cat

Later the cat is lying on Doug’s lap as he works on college homework.

Malicious - gray cat sitting on lap of Doug Gordon Patrick McGaw at desk

Doug gets a call from his girlfriend Laura (Sarah Lassez) but they are interrupted when Melissa also calls Doug. He tries to juggle the two calls before finally getting rid of Melissa and sitting down on a chair with the cat to finish his conversation with Laura.

Malicious - gray cat being picked up by Doug Gordon Patrick McGaw

Malicious - gray cat sitting on lap of Doug Gordon Patrick McGaw in chair

Malicious - gray cat sitting on lap of Doug Gordon Patrick McGaw in chair

Later in the film Melissa breaks into Doug’s house and drugs him. She approaches the cat, petting and then picking it up.

Malicious - gray cat sitting on fireplace bricks

Malicious - gray cat being petted on fireplace bricks

Kitty Carnage Warning!  Of course in the next scene Laura wakes up and goes into her bathroom to find the cat murdered and hanging on the back of the bathroom door. The dead cat is clearly fake but this is just another example of a poor cat being the victim of a crazy killer to set the tone of the film.

Malicious - gray cat being lifted from fireplace bricks

Final Mewsings: Cats really don’t know what to do when they hear the beep.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cat in this movie.


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Frantic (1988)

Frantic poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Harrison Ford, Emmanuelle Seigner
Directed by: Roman Polanski

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

Synopsis: Dr. Richard Walker (Harrison Ford) is confused and desperate when his wife mysteriously disappears from their Paris hotel room.

Kitty Cameo: During his long and exasperating search for his wife, Dr. Walker ends up at the apartment of a man named Dede. He waits for an answer to his knock at the door then realized the door is open and looks inside. A gray cat is sitting on the arm of a couch as he enters.

Frantic - gray cat sitting on arm of couch in apartment behind Dr. Walker Harrison Ford

Frantic - gray cat sitting on arm of couch in apartment as Dr. Walker Harrison Ford enters

The cat jumps down and heads for the door but Dr. Walker puts out his foot to keep the cat from going out, closing the door.

Frantic - gray cat heading for door of apartment

After finding a shocking discovery, Dr. Walker leaves the apartment in a hurry and the door slowly opens again, letting the cat out.

Frantic - gray cat walking towards open door of apartment

Later Dr. Walker returns to the building and is sitting in the dark waiting for someone to arrive. The gray cat sits nearby, looking at him.

Frantic - gray cat sitting by stairs in the dark

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like being shut in.


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Kvinnors väntan (1952)

Secrets of Women poster

English Title: Waiting Women
Also Known As: Secrets of Women
Svensk Filmindustri (SF)
Starring:
 Maj-Britt Nilsson, Anita Björk
Directed by: Ingmar Bergman

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

Synopsis: Three sisters-in-law share stories about the relationships with their husbands while waiting for the men to arrive at a secluded cabin retreat.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): The second of the three stories told is that of Marta (Maj-Britt Nilsson) who explains how she became pregnant by an artist named Martin (Birger Malmsten) who found himself suddenly having to quit painting and join the family business. Marta keeps the pregnancy secret and has the baby alone. As she wakes up one day towards the end of her expectancy in her parents’ apartment, she walks into the bathroom to splash some water on herself to cool off. A small, dark cat is sitting in the hallway as she approaches.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in hallway as Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson approaches

She stops to lean down and push the cat aside, not roughly but still the kitten wasn’t really in her way. She then continues to the bathroom.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in hallway pushed aside as Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson passes

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in hallway watching Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson walk into other room

The cat is later seen in the middle of the living room as Marta looks out a window.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in living room with Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson at window

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in living room with Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson at window

The kitten is next on a mantel as Marta makes a phone call, watching as she hangs up the receiver.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten on mantel

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten on mantel as hand reaches to hang up phone

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten on mantel as hand reaches to hang up phone

As Marta prepares to walk to the hospital, she stops in front of a mirror. The kitten is in her bag!

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in bag with Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson

Marta takes the kitten to the hospital with her and is petting it in the waiting room.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten being petted by Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson in hospital waiting room

When Marta is finally seen by a nurse, the woman is surprised to see the cat. But she simply asks a younger nurse to take the kitten from Marta. This is done very kindly and gently, but the kitten is not seen again even after Marta gives birth.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson bag in admission area of hospital with nurses

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson bag in admission area of hospital with nurses

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten being taken from Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson by nurse in admission area of hospital

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten being taken from Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson by nurse in admission area of hospital

Final Mewsings: Why would anyone trade in a cat for a baby?


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