Category Archives: Kitty Cameo

Foreign Friday bannerForushande (2016)

The Salesman poster

English Title: The Salesman
Arte France Cinéma
Starring:
 Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti
Directed by: Asghar Farhadi

Synopsis: Emad and Rana Etesami (Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti) move into a new apartment where Rana is assaulted, leaving Emad desperate to find the culprit.

Kitty Cameos: Finding themselves homeless at the start of the film, a friend named Babak (Babak Karimi) shows the couple an apartment in his building. When they arrive a large tuxedo cat is meowing outside the door. Rana picks up the cat and carries it away, treating it kindly.

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini, Rana Etesami Taraneh Alidoosti and Babak Karimi at apartment with large tuxedo cat

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini, Rana Etesami Taraneh Alidoosti and Babak Karimi at apartment with large tuxedo cat

Another tabby cat is seen in the background seconds later and moves down the stairs.

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini and Babak Karimi at apartment with tabby cat in background

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini and Babak Karimi at apartment with tabby cat in background

When Emad comes home one night he finds the door of the apartment open. As he calls for Rana, a cat runs outside.

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini enters apartment as cat runs outside

Later in the film Emad is trying to find a vehicle which can be opened by a set of keys left in the apartment. As he tries the door of a blue truck, a Bengal tabby cat can be seen moving from beneath the parked vehicle.

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini checking truck on street with Bengal tabby cat beneath

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini checking truck on street with Bengal tabby cat beneath

The same cat is in the street and moves away as Emad walks further down.

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini on street with Bengal tabby cat

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini on street with Bengal tabby cat

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini on street with Bengal tabby cat

Near the end of the film, Babak is moving the furniture the former tenant left behind. As he removes a cover, a little tabby kitten is in amongst the items.

The Salesman - tabby kitten in amongst items

The Salesman - tabby kitten in amongst items

Babak picks up the kitten gently, asking what it is doing there.

The Salesman - tabby kitten being picked up

The Salesman - tabby kitten being picked up

Final Mewsings: When looking for apartments, cat residents are a definite plus!


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Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

Touchstone Pictures
Starring:
 Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow
Directed by: David Mirkin

Synopsis: Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow) are two BFFs who face the prospect of going to their high school reunion.

Kitty Cameo: A long-haired ginger tabby cat who is never named lives with the girls. While it isn’t made clear if the cat belongs to one or the other or both, the cat is first seen lying beside Michele on her bed as the girls watch Pretty Woman on television.

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion - long haired orange tabby cat lying on bed beside Michele Lisa Kudrow with Romy Mira Sorvino

Moments later the cat is seen on a bed in the background as the girls look at the clothes they picked to wear for the day.

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion - out of focus long haired orange tabby cat lying on bed behind Michele Lisa Kudrow and Romy Mira Sorvino

The cat is last seen on the couch behind the girls after they break their pre-reunion diet and sit in misery, having been unable to better themselves before the big day. The cat is licking on a ham bone.

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion - long haired orange tabby cat lying on bed licking ham bone behind Michele Lisa Kudrow and Romy Mira Sorvino

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion - long haired orange tabby cat lying on bed licking ham bone behind Michele Lisa Kudrow and Romy Mira Sorvino

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion - long haired orange tabby cat lying on bed licking ham bone behind Michele Lisa Kudrow and Romy Mira Sorvino

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion - long haired orange tabby cat lying on bed licking ham bone behind Michele Lisa Kudrow and Romy Mira Sorvino

Final Mewsings: Cats like it when women break their diets!

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


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Cobb (1994)

Cobb poster

Alcor Films
Starring:
 Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Wuhl
Directed by: Ron Shelton

Synopsis: Baseball record holder Ty Cobb (Tommy Lee Jones) hires sportswriter Al Stump (Robert Wuhl) to write his autobiography, but Stump is torn between telling the story Cobb relates to him or the truth about the legend’s outrageous personality.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene Cobb is recounting his experiences with various U.S. Presidents over the years. He comments on how Woodrow Wilson has the best scotch and how Woodrow Wilson has the best broads and parties. He then states that ” . . . Calvin Coolidge and that stupid cat of his weren’t any damn fun at all.” This is accompanied by a shot of Cobb posing for a photo with Coolidge who is holding a long-haired cat in his arms.

Cobb - Ty Cobb Tommy Lee Jones standing on steps with Calvin Coolidge and long-haired cream Persian

Cobb - Ty Cobb Tommy Lee Jones with Calvin Coolidge and long-haired cream Persian

Calvin Coolidge was noted for owning cats among many other pets, including the most famous one, a tabby named Tiger. It’s strange the filmmakers didn’t use a tabby cat for the short clip here.

Cobb - Ty Cobb Tommy Lee Jones with Calvin Coolidge and long-haired cream Persian

Final Mewsings: Cats can be fun if they have the right owner.


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Sin Nombre (2009)

Sin Nombre poster

Scion Films
Starring:
 Paulina Gaitan, Edgar Flores
Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga

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

Synopsis: Honduran teenager Sayra (Paulina Gaitan) meets Mexican gang member Willy (Edgar Flores) while traveling to America and the two form a unique relationship.

Kitty Cameo: Willy and Sayra find themselves on the run when Willy’s gang is seeking him. They stop at the home of a woman Willy used to run errands for within the gang. The woman agrees to help them get to the border. During the scene where they are talking, the woman has a gray cat under her arm.

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores Sayra Paulina Gaitan and Aunt holding gray cat at table

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores Sayra Paulina Gaitan and Aunt holding gray cat at table

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores Sayra Paulina Gaitan and Aunt holding gray cat at table

The woman is not very gentle with the cat, tugging at its ear and tucking it under her arm when carrying it.

Sin Nombre - Sayra Paulina Gaitan with Aunt holding gray cat

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores and Aunt holding gray cat at table

Later she sits down at the table with Willy and sets the cat down before talking to him.

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores looking up at Aunt holding gray cat at table

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores looking at Aunt holding gray cat at table

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores looking Aunt setting gray cat on table

Final Mewsings: Don’t trust a woman who doesn’t know how to hold a cat!


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Man’s Best Friend (1993)

Man's Best Friend poster

New Line Cinema
Starring:
 Ally Sheedy, Lance Henriksen
Directed by: John Lafia

This review contains a severe Kitty Carnage Warning!

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

Synopsis: News reporter Lori Tanner (Ally Sheedy) breaks into an experimental lab and rescues a dog named Max, not realizing that he is actually a dangerous hybrid.

Kitty Cameos: At the beginning of the film several classic paintings and block drawings of dogs interacting with man (in both good ways and bad) are shown. In among these is a drawing of two fighting cats being thrown into some kind of ring.

Man's Best Friend - drawing of cats being thrown into ring

A couple of cats can be be seen in the lab. A tabby is startled when a woman’s bloody shoe is thrown against its cage. This is because the woman is being torn apart by Max.

Man's Best Friend - tabby cat reacting to bloody shoe class=

Kitty Carnage Warning! Later when Lori and her camerawoman break into the lab they film several animals which have been injured or maimed, including one little gray and white kitten which is bloody. It should be noted that while all the experiments shown are faked, they are very distressing for any animal lover.

Man's Best Friend - gray and white kitten in cage

Featured Feline:  Max is well behaved around Lori (at first) and even makes friends with the neighbor boy Rudy (J.D. Daniels). Rudy takes Max out for a run and meets up with his friend Chet (Bradley Pierce). As they are going down the street they spot an orange tabby cat nearby which hisses at them.

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo by tree

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo hissing by tree

Chet points out that it is Mrs. Barclay’s stupid cat Boo. Neither boy likes Boo and Rudy notes that the cat always tries to scratch him. The boys look at each other and have the same idea, telling Max to get the cat.

Man's Best Friend - close up of ginger tabby cat Boo

Man's Best Friend - nervous ginger tabby cat Boo by tree

This sets off a chase with Max racing after Boo.

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo being chased by dog Max

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo running to tree

Eventually Boo runs up a tree. But Max is no ordinary dog and he extends his claws to climb the tree. This startles Boo as well as the boys.

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo in tree

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo in tree hissing

Boo scrambles farther up the tree but has nowhere left to go. He turns to face Max.

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo at top of tree

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo in tree

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo hissing in tree

Kitty Carnage Warning!  Of course Boo doesn’t stand much of a chance. The boys watch in shock as Max proceeds to eat Boo. Yes, the dog eats the cat! Then belches. Rudy and Chet blame each other for the event and then hurry away.

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo being eaten by dog Max in tree

According to the American Humane Association, during the chase scene the cat and dog actors were kept a safe distance apart and were running for treats. In the scene in which Max eats Boo, an obvious fake dog’s head was used. The cat actor climbed through the dog’s mouth and then his trainer pulled him back into the mouth to create the necessary effect. While the cat actor was likely not hurt, it certainly looked awkward and uncomfortable on film!

Man's Best Friend - ginger tabby cat Boo being eaten by dog Max in tree

Final Mewsings: Cats give dogs indigestion.


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