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Cat Chaser (1989)

A Miami hotel owner finds danger when he becomes romantically involved with the wife of a deposed general from the Dominican Republic where he fought many years back.

Director:

Abel Ferrara

Writers:

Elmore Leonard (novel), James Borrelli (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Weller ... George Moran
Kelly McGillis ... Mary DeBoya
Charles Durning ... Jiggs Scully
Frederic Forrest ... Nolen Tyner
Tomas Milian ... Andres DeBoya
Juan Fernández ... Rafi
Kelly Jo Minter ... Loret
Phil Leeds ... Jerry Shea
Tony Bolano Tony Bolano ... Corky
Adrianne Sachs Adrianne Sachs ... Anita DeBoya
Roberto Escobar ... Mario Prado (as Robert Escobar)
Millie Ruperto ... Luci Palma (as Maria M. Ruperto)
Vivian Addison Vivian Addison ... Maid Lula
Brooke Becker Brooke Becker ... Philly
Fara Schiller Fara Schiller ... Marilyn
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Storyline

An American veteran (Weller) of the Dominican Republic intervention (LBJ era) is running a hotel in Miami, and is trying to put the memories of the intervention behind him. He gets involved with a former Dominican Republic general's wife (McGillis). He then gets duped through a series of intricate plot twists into helping a group of people trying to rip the general off. Based on the novel by Elmore Leonard. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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In the heat of passion lies the coldest desire. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1989 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Caça Grossa See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

Kelly McGillis has cited the film as discouragement from pursuing acting. She hates the film and did not have a good experience during filming. See more »

Alternate Versions

The following scenes were trimmed to receive an MPAA rating of "R" rather than an "X":
  • A scene in which Mary is cornered by a thug in her bedroom, and is told to strip down to nude. After she does this, her captor penetrates her with the barrell of his gun, then rubs it all over her body.
  • The shower murder scene with the two fully nude males contains more graphic violent footage.
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Soundtracks

I'LL BE THE ONE
Performed by JIM BULLOCK
Music by Greg De Belles (as Greg Debelles)
Lyrics by Greg De Belles (as Greg Debelles) and Darleen Carr
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Flawed but interesting Abel Ferrara film
20 January 2002 | by cfisanickSee all my reviews

It's no secret that "Cat Chaser" was taken away from director Abel Ferrara and slapped together by committee right around the time of the Vestron bankruptcy. Consequently, Ferrara has disavowed this film. But he shouldn't. While it has some murky plotting, no doubt due to the re-editing, it's quite an interesting, evocative adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel. Ferrara always impresses with his sharp direction, and the wonderful art direction really captures the feel of sleazy bars, motel rooms, and the Dominican Republic. Peter Weller is fine, Kelly McGillis is quite uninhibited in her numerous nude scenes, and it's fun to hear Charles Durning pronounce "toilet" as "tur-let." "Cat Chaser" is a lost treasure from the late 80's worthy of rediscovery and a director's edition DVD.


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