Cat's Eye

Cat's Eye

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Director: Lewis Teague

Cast: Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King

     
 

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Cat's Eye is an uneven, tepid trilogy of stories written by Stephen King connected by a cat which appears at the beginning of each story. The best story, and first episode, concerns chain-smoker Morrison (James Woods) who joins a stop-smoking group run by sadistic Dr. Monatti, played with great relish by Alan King. In the second episode, a gambler namedSee more details below

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Cat's Eye is an uneven, tepid trilogy of stories written by Stephen King connected by a cat which appears at the beginning of each story. The best story, and first episode, concerns chain-smoker Morrison (James Woods) who joins a stop-smoking group run by sadistic Dr. Monatti, played with great relish by Alan King. In the second episode, a gambler named Cressner (Kenneth McMillan) makes a bet with his wife's lover. In the third episode, a young girl (Drew Barrymore) is terrorized by a tiny troll. Although he wrote the screenplay, Stephen King was disappointed with the results and thought the interconnection of the stories using the cat clumsy and distracting. Directer Lewis Teague does an average job of directing the confusing and sometimes foolish script. However, James Woods' fine performance and the special effects by Jeff Jarvis make the film worth a view.

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This darkly witty anthology lacks the polished narratives that graced Cujo and Carrie but still manages to offer plenty of mordant delights for the Stephen King aficionado. The film's disjointed framing device of a homeless cat weaving its way through the three stories (reportedly altered for the worse by post-production tampering) doesn't hold things together the way it should but the individual tales have plenty to offer in the way of chills and sly humor: "Quitters, Inc." mixes some wry commentary on the self-help movement into its tale of a mysterious treatment center, "The Ledge" overcomes its pro-forma 'life-and-death bet' scenario with witty dialogue and colorful characterizations and the final untitled tale has plenty of fun playing with the audience's ideas about superstitions. The appeal of Cat's Eye is further enhanced by inspired acting: Drew Barrymore makes for a plucky, likable young heroine in the finale and Robert Hays and Kenneth McMillan infuse their roles in "The Ledge" with a palpable sense of emotional desperation that gives the tale added depth. However, the big scene-stealers in the acting department are James Woods and Alan King, whose solid comic timing and willingness to act on the tale's darker conceits make "Quitters, Inc." a blackly comedic winner. Director Lewis Teague adds plenty of visual wit to the tales (avid Stephen King fans should look for all the film's references to his other works) and keeps things rolling at a speedy, suspenseful clip that is in keeping with the overall playful tone of the stories. In the end, some viewers might be thrown off by the odd framing device and the accent on humor in Cat's Eye but horror fans who can overlook these quirks will be rewarded with an amusing blend of chills and laughs.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/2000
UPC:
0012569524736
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Drew Barrymore Girl
James Woods Morrison
Alan King Dr. Donatti
Kenneth McMillan Cressner
Robert Hays Norris
Candy Clark Sally Ann
James Naughton Hugh
Tony Munafo Junk
Mary D'Arcy Cindy

Technical Credits
Lewis Teague Director
Clifford Capone Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Cardiff Cinematographer
E.C. Chen Set Decoration/Design
Scott Conrad Editor
Sandi Duncan Makeup
Howard Feuer Casting
Jeffrey S. Ginn Art Director
Jeff Jarvis Special Effects
Stephen King Screenwriter
Giorgio Postiglione Production Designer
Glenn H. Randall Stunts
Jeremy Ritzer Casting
Kuki Lopez Rodero Asst. Director
Martha Schumacher Producer
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Milton Subotsky Co-producer

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