Category Archives: Kitty Cameo

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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Matinee (1993)

Matinee poster

Universal Pictures
Starring:
 John Goodman, Simon Fenton
Directed by: Joe Dante

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

Synopsis: Lawrence Woolsey (John Goodman) is a low budget horror movie producer and director who comes to Key West to promote the latest theatrical gimmicks with his newest film entitled Mant.

Kitty Cameos: When we first see Woolsey and his partner, actress Ruth Corday (Cathy Moriarty) they are at a gas station. The shot opens with a dog chewing on a bone on the ground. A tabby kitten approaches and also starts chewing on the bone. Moments later, the dog leaves.

Matinee - kitten approaches dog eating bone

Matinee - kitten starts chewing on bone with dog

Matinee - kitten starts chewing on bone with dog

A second cat is seen sitting by a record player at Stan’s (Omri Katz) house as he and Gene (Simon Fenton) listen to a Lenny Bruce album.

Matinee - cream colored cat sitting beside record player

Matinee - cream colored cat sitting beside record player with Stan Omri Katz

When the boys hear Stan’s mother coming, they quickly change the record. The cat just sits calmly by while this happens and while Stan’s mom (Belinda Balaski) turns off the record player.

Matinee - cream colored cat sitting beside record player with Stan Omri Katz and Gene Simon Fenton

Matinee - cream colored cat sitting beside record player with Stan Omri Katz

Matinee - cream colored cat sitting beside record player with Stan's mom Belinda Balaski

Final Mewsings: Cats are not shocked by off-color humor.

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


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Head in the Clouds (2004)

Head in the Clouds poster

Remstar Productions
Starring:
 Charlize Theron, Stuart Townsend
Directed by: John Duigan

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

Synopsis: The lives of an heiress (Charlize Theron), an Irish teacher (Stuart Townsend) and a student nurse / stripper (Penélope Cruz) are entangled in Europe during the Spanish Civil War and during World War II.

Kitty Cameo: The heiress, whose name is Gilda (Charlize Theron) lives in an apartment in Paris across the street from a café. The owners of the café, a man and wife, own a tabby cat with white markings who sits on their second floor windowsill with a clear view into Gilda’s apartment.

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on windowsill across the street from window

Head in the Clouds - blurry tabby cat with white markings on windowsill across the street from window with Penélope Cruz

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on windowsill across the street

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on windowsill across the street

This is especially notable the last time the cat is seen, as a man lifts the cat from the window before using this vantage point to gain access to a German officer.

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on windowsill

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on windowsill looking around at man standing in front

The cat is also seen briefly in the café itself on a table with the owner’s wife in the background.

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on table in background of café

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on table in background of café

Final Mewsings: A view and free meals. What more does a cat want?


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Radio Flyer (1992)

Radio Flyer poster

Columbia Pictures
Starring:
 Elijah Wood, Ben Johnson
Directed by: Richard Donner

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

Synopsis: A man named Mike (Tom Hanks) tells the story of his life as a boy (Elijah Wood) growing up with his little brother Bobby (Joseph Mazzello) in a home where Bobby was abused by the boys’ stepfather.

Kitty Cameo: As the story begins, the boys are travelling with their mother (Lorraine Bracco) across country. They stop at a dilapidated roadside attraction in Oklahoma called Geronimo Bill’s Wild West Adventure. When Geronimo Bill (Ben Johnson) steps out of a mobile home he is holding a tortoiseshell cat.

Radio Flyer - Geronimo Bill Ben Johnson looking out of mobile home while holding tortoiseshell cat

The elderly man pauses to set the cat down on a nearby bench and grabs his hat, warning the cat, whose name is Eugene, to keep an eye on the German Shepherd the family has with them.

Radio Flyer - Geronimo Bill Ben Johnson stepping out of mobile home while holding tortoiseshell cat

Radio Flyer - Geronimo Bill Ben Johnson preparing to set down tortoiseshell cat

Final Mewsings: Cats are loyal, especially when living in the middle of nowhere.

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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