Jinxed! (1982)

Jinxed! poster

MGM/UA Entertainment Company
Starring:
 Bette Midler, Ken Wahl, Rip Torn
Directed by: Don Siegel

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

Synopsis: Harold Benson (Rip Torn) has a jinx on blackjack dealer Willie Brodax (Ken Wahl) and a hold on his browbeaten girlfriend Bonita Friml (Bette Midler), so Bonita inducts Willie in her scheme to solve both of their problems.

Featured Feline: Bonita owns an adorable black cat named Angus who is seen throughout the film. Angus is first seen in the truck with Bonita and Harold. Angus jumps over Harold’s shoulder and the man attacks the cat, screaming at Bonita for having him in the truck with them instead of back in their trailer.

Jinxed! - black cat Angus jumping on Harold Rip Torn in truck

Angus is seen with Bonita inside the trailer for much of the film.

Jinxed! - black cat Angus sitting with Bonita Bette Midler in trailer

Jinxed! - black cat Angus lying upon Bonita Bette Midler in trailer

Bonita clings to Angus nervously as Willie visits the trailer.

Jinxed! - Bonita Bette Midler clutching black cat Angus in trailer

Jinxed! - Bonita Bette Midler clutching black cat Angus in trailer with Willie Ken Wahl

Jinxed! - Bonita Bette Midler clutching black cat Angus in trailer looking at Willie Ken Wahl working on car

Harold treats Bonita roughly as Angus watches. Angus meows several times, as if in protest, and Harold tells him to shut up.

Jinxed! - black cat Angus sitting in trailer

Kitty Carnage Warning! Harold finally gets fed up and throws his boot at Angus, who is thrown into the wall behind. This was done with clever cutting, as the cat actor was probably tossed back towards the wall but not hurt.

Jinxed! - black cat Angus thrown against wall

Having planned with Willie to kill Harold, Bonita first feeds Angus.

Jinxed! - Bonita Bette Midler feeding black cat Angus

They watch as Harold comes home after gambling.

Jinxed! - Bonita Bette Midler and black cat Angus looking out trailer window

Angus steals the show in the cutest way by being very cat-like while Bonita and Willie deal with the deceased Harold.

Jinxed! - black cat Angus upside down

Jinxed! - black cat Angus upside down animated gif

Jinxed! - black cat Angus close up

Jinxed! - black cat Angus sitting up animated gif

Following the plan, Willie drives the truck and trailer to a remote area to dump them over a cliff. What they forgot about was Angus, who having endured a bumpy ride up the mountain is desperate to escape and jumps on Willie in his mad dash out.

Jinxed! - black cat Angus running through trailer and jumping on Willie Ken Wahl animated gif

Realizing she has forgotten Angus, Bonita goes to the crash site and finds the cat, a bit scruffy but not much worse for wear.

Jinxed! - black cat Angus scruffy outside

Jinxed! - Bonita picking up scruffy black cat Angus

Bonita is then sent on a wild goose chase by the deceased Harold who was left her notes. As she drives to the various locations Angus is with her.

Jinxed! - black cat Angus sitting on dashboard with Bonita Bette Midler

Jinxed! - black cat Angus petted on dashboard by Bonita Bette Midler

Jinxed! - black cat Angus in bag held by Bonita Bette Midler

Finally ending up in the ghost town of Bodie, Bonita is desperate to leave but Angus jumps out of the car and runs into an old school room.

Jinxed! - black cat Angus running to school house

Jinxed! - black cat Angus hiding

There Bonita deciphers the message. Sadly this is the last time we see Angus in the film.

Jinxed! - black cat Angus sitting in school house with Bonita Bette Midler

Final Mewsings: Why oh why was Angus left out of the final shot??


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