Category Archives: Cat Cattle Call

Silence (2016)

Silence poster

SharpSword Films
Starring:
 Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver
Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Synopsis: Set in the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan to find their missing mentor who has reportedly commited apostasy.

Cat Cattle Call:  In one scene, one of the priests named Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) travels to a village where he had previously preached. When he arrives he finds the place completed deserted. Suddenly a tabby Japanese bobtail appears, growling as it moves along.

Silence - tabby Japanese bobtail moving through empty village

Silence - tabby Japanese bobtail moving through empty village

Silence - tabby Japanese bobtail standing behind Rodrigues' legs

When the scene cuts to a wider shot we can see the village is full of cats.

Silence - Rodrigues Andrew Garfield standing in deserted village full of cats

Silence - Rodrigues Andrew Garfield standing in deserted village full of cats

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t sit still for sermons.


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The Good Wife – “Pilot”

The Good Wife Season One poster

Original Air Date: September 22, 2009
Starring: Julianna Margulies, Karin Konoval
Directed by: Charles McDougall

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

Synopsis: In the pilot episode of this acclaimed series, lawyer Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) returns to work after a scandal involving her husband.

Cat Cattle Call: Alicia’s first case is pro bono work defending a woman whose murder trial previously ended with a hung jury. She soon learns the one holdout was a crazy cat lady named Mrs. Duretsky (Karin Konoval). Alicia calls on the woman to hear her reasons for insisting the defendent is innocent and is surrounded by the woman’s cats as they discuss the trial.

The Good Wife - Pilot - long haired ginger and tabby cats on table

The Good Wife - Pilot - Alicia Julianna Margulies looking at long haired ginger and tabby cats on table

The Good Wife - Pilot - Mrs. Duretsky Karin Konoval sitting in chair with tabby and white cat

The Good Wife - Pilot - Alicia Julianna Margulies and Mrs. Duretsky Karin Konoval in room with two cats

The Good Wife - Pilot - Alicia Julianna Margulies in room with three cats

The Good Wife - Pilot - Mrs. Duretsky Karin Konoval in bedroom with four cats

The Good Wife - Pilot - Mrs. Duretsky Karin Konoval picking up Siamese cat

Final Mewsings: Crazy cat ladies are not always so crazy!

Many thanks to Stevie Holcomb for letting us know about the cats in this episode!


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Let Him Have It (1991)

Let Him Have It poster

British Screen Productions
Starring:
 Christopher Eccleston, Tom Courtenay
Directed by: Peter Medak

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

Synopsis: The true story of Derek Bentley (Christopher Eccleston), a slow-witted young man who fell in with a bad crowd and ended up on trial for murder.

Cat Cattle Call: The Bentley family lives in a small two-story home which is also the residence of numerous animals, including dogs, chickens, a turtle and at least three cats. Two of the cats are first seen in Derek’s smoke-filled bedroom along his sister Iris (Clare Holman) and some of the other animals.

Let Him Have It - two cats in smoke-filled room with Derek Christopher Eccleston Iris Clare Holman dogs chickens and turtle

Later a tabby cat is sitting on the back of a couch when Derek’s father (Tom Courtenay) enters.

Let Him Have It - tabby cat on back of couch with dog and Mr. Bentley Tom Courtenay

Derek surprises his father with a present that turns out to be stolen. All three cats are there during this scene in which Derek’s mother (Eileen Atkins) is also present.

Let Him Have It - tuxedo cat on Mrs. Bentley's Eileen Atkins lap with tabby cat nearby

Let Him Have It - tuxedo cat on Mrs. Bentley's Eileen Atkins lap with tabby cat and tuxedo cat nearby and Mr. Bentley Tom Courtenay

Let Him Have It - tuxedo cat on back of couch and tabby cat on arm of couch with Mrs. Bentley's Eileen Atkins

Finally two of the cats are seen in the final moments with the Bentley family in their living room.

Let Him Have It - tuxedo and tabby cat on couch in overhead shot of Bentley's hugging in living room

Let Him Have It - tabby cat on back of couch in shot of Bentley's hugging in living room

Final Mewsings: Sometimes it’s better to just stay home with your cats.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cats in this movie!


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The Internecine Project (1974)

The Internecine Project poster

MacLean and Company
Starring:
 James Coburn, Harry Andrews
Directed by: Ken Hughes

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

Synopsis:  Professor Robert Elliot (James Coburn), a retired secret agent who is offered a job as a top rank government advisor, comes up with a cunning plan to eliminate those who know about his sordid past.

Cat Cattle Call: One of the people who have worked closely with Professor Elliot is a masseuse named Bert (Harry Andrews). Elliot comes to call on Bert in his home and pets a long-haired white cat outside the door.

The Internecine Project - hand petting long-haired white Angora cat

The Internecine Project - long-haired white Angora cat moving away from Professor Elliot James Coburn at front door

When Bert opens the door, he is also holding a long-haired white cat. As Elliot enters, he pauses to pet this cat as well.

The Internecine Project - long-haired white Angora cat held by Bert Harry Andrews opening door to Professor Elliot James Coburn

The Internecine Project - long-haired white Angora cat held by Bert Harry Andrews being petted by Professor Elliot James Coburn

After entering the home, we see that Bert actually owns many cats, and they are all over his place. To make room for Elliot to sit, Bert pushes a couple of cats off a chair.

The Internecine Project numerous cats in home of Bert Harry Andrews with Professor Elliot James Coburn

The Internecine Project numerous cats in home of Bert Harry Andrews with Professor Elliot James Coburn

The Internecine Project - long-haired white Angora cat held by Bert Harry Andrews with Professor Elliot James Coburn in background

The Internecine Project - long-haired white Angora cat held by Bert Harry Andrews who is pushing other cats aside for Professor Elliot James Coburn

The cats are present through much of the scene in which Elliot asks a favor of Bert. It is clear that Bert is an avid woman-hater.

The Internecine Project - long-haired white Angora cat held by Bert Harry Andrews

The Internecine Project - long-haired white Angora cat on couch behind Bert Harry Andrews

The Internecine Project - several cats on table with Bert Harry Andrews and Professor Elliot James Coburn

Later Bert is shown receiving instructions from Elliot. An orange and white cat is eating on the table beside him with one of the long haired white cats in the background.

The Internecine Project - long-haired orange and white tabby cat on table beside Bert Harry Andrews with white Angora cat in background

The Internecine Project - long-haired orange and white tabby cat on table beside Bert Harry Andrews with white Angora cat in background

Final Mewsings: Not all men who love cats hate women.

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


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Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Bohemian Rhapsody poster

New Regency Pictures
Starring:
 Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton
Directed by: Bryan Singer

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

Synopsis: The story of the rise to fame of the band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek).

Cat Cattle Call: It is well known that singer Freddie Mercury was a huge lover of cats and as such cats are well represented in the film. The cats are shown around Mercury’s homes, and several shots are devoted to the cats alone. One of the opening shots shows Mercury walking past his many cats as they eat from their bowls.

Bohemian Rhapsody - cats eating from food bowls on floor as Freddie Mercury Rami Malek walks by

The cats also watch as he drives away to perform at Live Aid.

Bohemian Rhapsody - cats looking out of window

Cats are present in the early years when Mercury was living with his lifelong friend and fiancee Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton).

Bohemian Rhapsody - tabby kitten poking head up

Bohemian Rhapsody - orange and white tabby walking on piano keys

Bohemian Rhapsody - tabby cat running past doorway

Bohemian Rhapsody - black cat approaching beaded doorway

Bohemian Rhapsody - tabby cat sitting on bed

While the band is touring the U.S., Mercury is talking to Mary over the phone and asks of the cats Tom and Jerry can hear him. He then asks Mary if she can put Romeo on the phone so he can tell the cat he misses him.

Bohemian Rhapsody - Mary Lucy Boynton petting tabby cat while on phone with other tabby cat on couch behind

The cats even watch as Mary eventually walks out on Mercury, although they remain friends.

Bohemian Rhapsody - tabby cat on bed in background behind Freddie Mercury Rami Malek and Mary Lucy Boynton

Bohemian Rhapsody - tabby cats watch as Mary Lucy Boynton leaves

When Mercury moves into a larger house in London he explains that each cat can have its own room, Delilah’s by the kitchen, Miko next door, and Tiffany, Oscar and Romeo upstairs. And a large room for Lily.

Bohemian Rhapsody - ginger tabby cat sitting on floor

Bohemian Rhapsody - grey tabby cat lying on bed

A few of the cats are seen in the latter part of the film. One is eating breakfast on a table with Mercury.

Bohemian Rhapsody - tortoiseshell cat eating on table with Freddie Mercury Rami Malek

Two cats watch as Mercury warms up his voice for Live Aid.

Bohemian Rhapsody - grey and ginger tabby cats sitting on chair looking up

The cats are seen watching the Live Aid performance on television as well.

Bohemian Rhapsody - cats in living room watching Freddie Mercury Queen Live Aid performance on television

As the end credits begin, a photo of Mercury and his boyfriend Jim is shown with Jim holding a tabby cat.

Bohemian Rhapsody - photo of Freddy Mercury and boyfriend Jim holding tabby cat

The cat actors were provided by Stunt Dogs and Animals, Ltd.

Bohemian Rhapsody - grey tabby and ginger tabby sitting on bed

Cinema Cats follower Elisabeth Riba was kind enough to send us some further information about Freddie Mercury and his cats, as well as other cats connected to the band Queen. The liner notes of Freddie’s first solo album included the line “This album is dedicated to my cat Jerry – also Tom, Oscar and Tiffany, and all the cat lovers across the universe – screw everybody else!”

Many of the interactions shown in the film were based on real life. While touring, Freddie would regularly phone home and have his housekeepers or assistants hold each cat up to the phone so he could talk to them.

Some of the cats Mercury loved were Tom, Jerry, Oscar, Tiffany, Goliath, Miko, Romeo, Lily, Dorothy and Delilah. Delilah was his favorite, and he even wrote this song about her:

In his final video, These Are The Days Of Our Lives, Freddie wore a custom-made vest illustrated with pictures of his cats.

Freddie left his house and most of his possessions to his close friend, Mary, who took care of his cats for the rest of their natural lives.

But Freddie wasn’t the only cat-lover in the band. One of the earliest photos of Brian May with his Red Special guitar (taken in 1963) shows him playing for Squeaky, the family cat. And Brian’s childhood pet cat Pixie inspired the 1977 song, “All Dead, All Dead.” We will be writing up the animated music video for the song next week!

Bohemian Rhapsody - Brian May with his black cat Squeaky

Final Mewsings: We love people who love cats!


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