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Untamed Heart (1993)

Untamed Heart poster

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Starring:
 Marisa Tomei, Christian Slater
Directed by: Tony Bill

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

Synopsis: Caroline (Marisa Tomei) is a lonely waitress who befriends a quiet busboy named Adam (Christian Slater) but soon finds there is more to him than she originally imagined.

Kitty Cameo: Caroline owns a tabby cat with white markings who is not named. The cat is first seen sitting on her bed as she is surrounded by presents for the boyfriend who just broke up with her. She then curls up on the bed.

Untamed Heart - tabby cat sitting on bed amongst presents

Untamed Heart - tabby cat sitting on bed with Caroline Marisa Tomei amongst presents

Untamed Heart - tabby cat sitting on bed with Caroline Marisa Tomei amongst presents

Untamed Heart - tabby cat sitting on bed with Caroline Marisa Tomei amongst presents

Untamed Heart - tabby cat sitting on bed with Caroline Marisa Tomei amongst presents

In another scene, the cat is sitting on the dining table. Caroline’s father (Richard Grusin) walks by and pushes the cat down off the table.

Untamed Heart - Caroline's father Richard Grusin sees tabby cat sitting on dining room table

Untamed Heart - Caroline's father Richard Grusin after pushing tabby cat off dining room table

Caroline invites Adam to a New Year’s Eve party at her house. He is seen sitting outside on the porch petting the cat which is in his lap.

Untamed Heart - Adam Christian Slater holding tabby cat on porch swing

Caroline sees Adam outside and joins him. It turns out he had arrived two hours before but was too shy to enter the house with all the people.

Untamed Heart - Caroline Marisa Tomei looking out window at Adam Christian Slater holding tabby cat on porch swing

Untamed Heart - Caroline Marisa Tomei looking out window at Adam Christian Slater holding tabby cat on porch swing

Untamed Heart - Adam Christian Slater holding tabby cat on porch swing

Untamed Heart - Adam Christian Slater holding up tabby cat on porch swing

At the end of the scene, Adam and Caroline kiss as the cat walks past them.

Untamed Heart - Caroline Marisa Tomei kissing Adam Christian Slater as tabby cat walks by on porch

Final Mewsings: Cats like it when people spend New Year’s Eve with them.


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Kitten Carrier Bag (1937)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Newsreel footage shows a woman carrying her cat around in a special carrier bag.

Reality Cat: The woman, location and name of the cat are unknown, but this woman has rigged her backpack with a board on the bottom and a snug wrap that holds the kitten in place so it can accompany her on her travels.

Kitten Carrier Bag - white kitten in harness on backpack

Kitten Carrier Bag - white kitten in harness on backpack

The woman is then shown sitting down and pouring something from a thermos into the lid cup for the kitten to drink.

Kitten Carrier Bag - woman pouring milk from thermos for white kitten in harness

Kitten Carrier Bag - white kitten in harness drinking milk from thermos cup

Final Mewsings: Kittens like a picnic when they are kept safe.


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Pet Sematary Two (1992)

Pet Sematary 2 poster

Paramount Pictures
Starring:
 Edward Furlong, Jared Rushton
Directed by: Mary Lambert

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

Synopsis: The sequel to the Stephen King book-based film finds a teen-aged boy named Jeff Matthews (Edward Furlong) arriving in his deceased mother’s hometown with his veterinarian dad Chase (Anthony Edwards) only to find strange things happening.

Purr Blur: When Jeff walks into the back of the deserted veterinarian’s office where his dad plans to open his new business, he is startled by a tabby cat which suddenly leaps from a cardboard box in true spring-loaded cat fashion.

Pet Sematary Two - tabby cat about to leap out of cardboard box

Pet Sematary Two - tabby cat leaping out of cardboard box onto Jeff Edward Furlong animated gif

Cat Burglars (Scene Stealers):  After the mother cat has run away, Jeff discovers the box contains several tabby kittens. Jeff picks out one of the kittens for his own. He then moves the box to the floor to start cleaning.

Pet Sematary Two - tabby kitten Tiger being picked up from cardboard box

Pet Sematary Two - Jeff Edward Furlong moving box of tabby kittens

One of the kittens gets out of the box (presumably the one Jeff picked out) and scampers across the floor, finally reaching the front door where he encounters a dog.

Pet Sematary Two - tabby kitten Tiger pausing outside doorway with Chase Anthony Edwards in background

Pet Sematary Two - tabby kitten Tiger looking startled

The dog chases the kitten back into the offices and the kitten hides under a table cart. The dog tries to get at the kitten but the kitten hisses and scratches defiantly.

Pet Sematary Two - tabby kitten Tiger hissing under table

Pet Sematary Two - tabby kitten Tiger running under table and hissing animated gif

The dog, whose name is Zowie, belongs to a boy named Drew (Jason McGuire). He and his father, police officer Gus Gilbert (Clancy Brown) have brought the dog in to be checked. Gus doesn’t really care about the dog, though, and is clearly not very nice, although he does pet Jeff’s kitten.

Pet Sematary Two - tabby kitten Tiger being petted on head

Pet Sematary Two - tabby kitten Tiger held by Jeff Edward Furlong who is looking up at Gus

Later Jeff takes the kitten with him to school and hides him in his jacket.

Pet Sematary Two - tabby kitten Tiger hidden in jacket by Jeff Edward Furlong at school

This proves to be a bad idea when Jeff is confronted by the school bullies led by a brute named Clyde (Jared Rushton). Clyde asks the kitten’s name. “Tiger,” Jeff answered. “Isn’t that a pussy name?” Clyde asks. Clyde asks to hold tiger and then runs off with the kitten. The boys jumps on their bikes and peddle away with Jeff chasing them.

Pet Sematary Two - tabby kitten Tiger held by Clyde Jared Rushton

Pet Sematary Two - tabby kitten Tiger in pocket of Clyde on bicycle

They end up at the regular pet cemetary and after Jeff fights with Clyde he finds Tiger okay inside a bird cage nearby.

Pet Sematary Two - tabby kitten Tiger inside bird cage

From then on Tiger is seen safely with Jeff at home until the very end when the house has burned down. Fortunately Tiger survives and Chase hands the kitten to Jeff before they drive out of town.

Pet Sematary Two - tabby kitten Tiger held by Jeff Edward Furlong in kitchen with Chase Anthony Edwards

Pet Sematary Two - tabby kitten Tiger sleeping next to pillow

Pet Sematary Two - tabby kitten Tiger lying next to Jeff Edward Furlong on bed

Pet Sematary Two - tabby kitten Tiger being handed to Jeff Edward Furlong by Chase Anthony Edwards

Kitty Carnage Warning!  Unfortunately Tiger’s brothers and sisters don’t fare so well. They are inside their cages when Zowie, who has been killed by Gus and buried in the secret Pet Sematary by Drew and Jeff and re-animated, is locked in a nearby cage. Later in the film a woman and her two daughters show up to adopt one of the kittens. When they walk into the back they scream in horror. Chase then sees that Zowie has broken out of his cage and torn the kittens to pieces. This is shown very graphically, although it should be noted the kitten pieces were of course fake.

Pet Sematary Two - tabby kittens inside cage

Bonus Cat Corpse:  There is also another dead cat seen in the film when Chase visits the former veterinarian who worked in the town. A couple of his very badly done taxidermy animals are shown, including that of a wildly crazy looking black cat.

Pet Sematary Two - crazy looking taxidermied black cat

Final Mewsings: I guess we should be happy at least one kitten survived the movie!

Thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cats in this movie.


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Made in America (1993)

Made in America poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Danson
Directed by: Richard Benjamin

Synopsis: Single mother Sarah Mathews (Whoopi Goldberg) is surprised when her daughter Zora (Nia Long) looks up the sperm donor used to create her and finds out he’s a car salesman named Hal Jackson (Ted Danson) . . . and he’s white.

Kitty Cameo: Sarah and Zora own an orange and white cat which is seen twice. The first time the cat is sitting on Sarah’s bed when she comes home to find Zora cooking dinner for her.

Made in America - orange and white cat sitting on bed of Sarah Whoopi Goldberg

Made in America - orange and white cat standing on bed of Sarah Whoopi Goldberg

Made in America - orange and white cat standing on bed of Sarah Whoopi Goldberg as she sets down coat

Made in America - close up of orange and white cat sitting on bed

Made in America - close up of orange and white cat sitting on bed

The second time is when Zora enters her mother’s room to ask about her father. The cat is sitting on the bed when Zora enters.

Made in America - orange and white cat sitting on bed with Sarah Whoopi Goldberg in background

Made in America - orange and white cat sitting on bed with Sarah Whoopi Goldberg in background as Zora Nia Long enters

When Zora exits, she scoops up the cat and takes him or her with her.

Made in America - Zora Nia Long reaching over to pick up orange and white cat from bed

Made in America - Zora Nia Long holding orange and white cat as she exits from room with Sarah Whoopi Goldberg in background

Final Mewsings: Cats like hanging out on beds.


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Our Man in Havana (1959)

Our Man in Havana poster

Columbia Pictures Corporation
Starring:
 Alec Guinness, Paul Rogers
Directed by: Carol Reed

Synopsis: Things spiral out of control for vacuum cleaner salesman Jim Wormold (Alec Guinness) when he acts as an agent for the British Secret Service.

Purr Blur: In a scene near the end of the film Wormold turns and walks away from an adversary. In the background a cat can be seen running up onto the curb and then disappearing.

Our Man in Havana - cat running onto curb in background behind Wormold Alec Guinness

Final Mewsings: Cats want nothing to do with the Secret Service.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for spotting the cat in this movie!


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