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The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)

The Legend of Billie Jean poster

Gomillion Studios
Starring:
 Helen Slater, Christian Slater
Directed by: Matthew Robbins

Synopsis: A girl named Billie Jean (Helen Slater) mistakenly becomes a hero outlaw and goes on the run with her brother (Christian Slater).

Purr Blur: In one establishing shot outside of the mobile home where Billie Jean and her brother Binx live we see a tuxedo cat walking nearby.

The Legend of Billie Jean - tuxedo cat walking by mobile home

The Legend of Billie Jean - tuxedo cat walking by mobile home

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t get involved with accidental outlaws.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for spotting the cat 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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Moving Target (1988)

Moving Target poster

MGM/UA Television
Starring:
 Jason Bateman, Chynna Phillips
Directed by: Chris Thomson

Synopsis: Toby Kellogg (Jason Bateman) is an aspiring rock and roller who is confused and in danger when he sneaks home from band camp to find his family missing and killers on his tail.

Kitty Cameo: Toby’s new love interest, Megan (Chynna Phillips) works in a veterinarian’s office. In one scene she is working behind the counter and calls the name Dinkman. An older woman holding a large long-haired orange tabby with white paws gets up and walks towards the back.

Moving Target - older woman holding long-haired ginger tabby cat with white paws in veterinarian's waiting room

Moving Target - older woman carrying long-haired ginger tabby cat with white paws into veterinarian's office

Moving Target - older woman carrying long-haired ginger tabby cat with white paws into veterinarian's office

Final Mewsings: Do cat actors know they’re really not going to the vet?

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


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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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Lion Loves Our Local (1961)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Newsreel footage from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire shows zookeeper Morris Sharpe at home and at the pub with a fifteen month old lion named Simba.

Reality Cat: While showing the lion in the Sharpe home, a tuxedo cat peeks in through a doorway, then beats a hasty retreat as the narrator explains, “Lions, of course, are easily house trained. All the same, poor old kitty prefers another room.” In actuality it appears that someone on the other side of the door grabs and cat and pulls it back through, accounting for the startled look on the poor cat’s face.

Lion Loves Our Local - tuxedo cat in doorway

Lion Loves Our Local - tuxedo cat in doorway

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like it when they’re not invited to the pub as well!


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