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Unforgettable (1996)

Unforgettable poster

Dino De Laurentiis Company
Starring:
 Ray Liotta, Linda Fiorentino
Directed by: John Dahl

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

Synopsis: Medical examiner Dr. David Crane (Ray Liotta) uses an experimental drug that tranfers memories from one person to another to try to find out who killed his wife, a murder he was almost convicted of himself.

Featured Feline: The creator of the experimental drug is medical student Martha Briggs (Linda Fiorentino). Dr. Crane visits her university laboratory to find out more about her tests on animals. She demonstrates by pulling a tabby cat named Zelda from a carrier.

Unforgettable - tabby cat Zelda held up by Martha Linda Fiorentino

Zelda is placed behind a door inside a maze and a lab rat which does not know the maze is placed beside the cat.

Unforgettable - tabby cat Zelda behind door in maze with rat

The doors are open in sequence and Zelda chases the rat through the maze. Since the rat doesn’t know where to go for safety, Zelda soon corners it. Martha pulls the rat to safety before Zelda can touch it.

Unforgettable - tabby cat Zelda held up by Martha Linda Fiorentino

Unforgettable - tabby cat Zelda running through maze

Unforgettable - tabby cat Zelda closing in on rat in maze

Unforgettable - Martha pulling rat away from tabby cat Zelda in maze

Unforgettable - tabby cat Zelda looking up in maze

Martha then injects the necessary chemical from another rat who knows the maze and mixes it with her formula, injecting it into the same rat which just unsuccessfully ran the maze. Dr. Crane watches as the experiment is repeated and the rat runs away from Zelda through the maze as if having done it before, reaching the safe area this time.

Unforgettable - tabby cat Zelda held by Martha Linda Fiorentino

Unforgettable - tabby cat Zelda behind door in maze

Unforgettable - tabby cat Zelda running after rat in maze

Unforgettable - tabby cat Zelda running after rat in maze animated gif

Zelda is then put back into her carrier. Later in the film the lab is blown up by a bad guy. No mention is made of what happened to Zelda and the rats but it probably wasn’t good news.

Unforgettable - tabby cat Zelda held by Martha Linda Fiorentino

Final Mewsings: Does anything good ever happen to a cat in a laboratory?


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Kolja (1996)

Kolya poster

English Title: Kolya
Biograf Jan Sverak
Starring:
 Zdenek Sverák, Ondrej Vetchý
Directed by: Jan Sverák

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

Synopsis: A bachelor Czechoslovakian musician named Louka (Zdenek Sverák) agrees to an arranged marriage for money and unexpectedly ends up caring for the woman’s son named Kolja (Andrey Khalimon).

Kitty Cameos: Louka’s gravedigger friend Broz (Ondrej Vetchý) is the one who suggests the arranged marriage to Louka. He is married with several kids and a menagerie of animals, including a black kitten.

Kolya - black kitten on floor with black and white rabbit

Kolya - black kitten on floor with black and white rabbit

Later in the film a speckled cat can be seen on top of the mynah bird’s cage.

Kolya - speckled cat on mynah bird cage in background of Broz home

Kolya - speckled cat on mynah bird cage

Kolya - speckled cat on mynah bird cage

Final Mewsings: No menagerie is complete without some cats.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for reminding us of the cats in this movie.


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Moon Over Parador (1988)

Moon Over Parador poster

Universal Pictures
Starring:
 Richard Dreyfuss, Raul Julia
Directed by: Paul Mazursky

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

Synopsis: Actor Jack Noah (Richard Dreyfuss) is shooting a film in the country of Parador and finds himself in the strange position of having to substitute for President Alphonse Simms (also played by Dreyfuss) when the man unexpectedly dies.

Purr Blur: In one scene Simms’ assistant Roberto (Raul Julia) is in the back of a limousine when the man keels over. The limo pulls up to the back of a club and they struggle to carry the lifeless man inside. As they enter a back door, a barely visible calico cat runs out.

Moon Over Parador - calico cat running out of back door of club

Moon Over Parador - calico cat running out of back door of club

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t want to hang around dead bodies.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for spotting the cat in this movie!


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Konga (1961)

Konga poster

Merton Park Studios
Starring:
 Michael Gough, Margo Johns
Directed by: John Lemont

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

Synopsis: Dr. Charles Decker (Michael Gough) is a mad scientist determined to combine plants and animals to make a gigantic ape out of a tiny chimp named Konga.

Featured Feline: Decker lives with his assistant and secretary Margaret (Margo Johns) and they have a ginger tabby cat named, of course, Tabby. Tabby is first seen on the couch beside Margaret when Decker first returns home after having been lost in a jungle for a year.

Konga - ginger cat Tabby sitting on couch with Margaret Margo Johns with Dr. Decker Michael Gough

Konga - ginger cat Tabby sitting on couch with Margaret Margo Johns with Dr. Decker Michael Gough

Konga - ginger cat Tabby sitting on couch with Margaret Margo Johns with Dr. Decker Michael Gough

Later the pair are working in the lab on Decker’s new experiment. His chemical boils over onto the floor. Margaret observes that even Tabby is fascinated by the experiment as the cat is seen lapping the formula up from the floor. Decker is furious that the cat was allowed into the lab.

Konga - ginger cat Tabby licking up spilled formula from floor

Kitty Carnage Warning!  Decker quickly runs to a drawer, pulls out a revolver and walks over and shoots Tabby twice. This is not seen on camera and only a brief shot of Tabby’s bloody body is seen (obviously a fake dead cat). Decker explains that they are not ready for a super-sized cat running around and that Konga is to be the subject of his experiment.

Final Mewsings: Cats should learn to stay out of labs.

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


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The Last Starfighter (1984)

The Last Starfighter poster

Lorimar Film Entertainment
Starring:
 Lance Guest, Catherine Mary Stewart
Directed by: Nick Castle

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

Synopsis: Alex Rogan (Lance Guest) is a good kid stuck in a dead-end life until his prowess at video games brings him to the attention of some interstellar freedom fighters.

Kitty Cameo: Alex lives in the Starlite Starbrite trailer park which is a sleepy little park in the middle of nowhere. An orange tabby cat is one of the residents and is first seen popping out of a mailbox in the morning.

The Last Starfighter - orange tabby cat climbing out of mailbox

The Last Starfighter - orange tabby cat climbing out of mailbox animated gif

The rest of the time the cat is seen sitting on top of the Starfighter arcade game which Alex plays often. The cat is seen sitting on top during the daytime . . .

The Last Starfighter - orange tabby cat on top of Starfighter arcade game played by Alex Lance Guest

. . . and is still sitting there at night. Although in reality the cat is sometimes on the game and sometimes not, even in the same scene.

The Last Starfighter - orange tabby cat on top of Starfighter arcade game played by Alex Lance Guest at night

The Last Starfighter - orange tabby cat on top of Starfighter arcade game played by Alex Lance Guest at night

The Last Starfighter - orange tabby cat on top of Starfighter arcade game played by Alex Lance Guest as Maggie approaches

The cat is so mellow it just hangs out without a care, even when Alex starts to break the record on the game and everyone in the park crowds around to watch.

The Last Starfighter - orange tabby cat on top of Starfighter arcade game played by Alex Lance Guest with people gathering around

The Last Starfighter - orange tabby cat on top of Starfighter arcade game played by Alex Lance Guest with people gathering around

The only interest the cat shows is right when Alex is about to win the game, as he then stretches down a paw down toward the screen. After this the cat is not seen again.

The Last Starfighter - orange tabby cat on top of Starfighter arcade game played by Alex Lance Guest with people gathering around

The Last Starfighter - orange tabby cat on top of Starfighter arcade game reaching down

Final Mewsings: Cats would always hang out on video games if they could only get to the arcade.

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


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