A stray cat is the linking element of three tales of suspense and horror.
Release Year: 1985
Rating: 6.0/10 (8,541 voted)
Stars: Drew Barrymore, James Woods, Alan King
Three horror-thriller tales revolve around a mysterious stray cat which is attempting to find a little girl in trouble. In "Quitters, Inc.": the cat is picked up by a shady New York "doctor" who uses experimental techniques to get people to quit smoking. His latest client is a man named Morrison, who learns he'll suffer some terrible consequences if he tries to cheat. In "The Ledge": the cat is picked up by Cressner, a shady Atlantic City millionaire who forces tennis pro Norris (his wife's lover), to walk a narrow ledge around his high-rise penthouse apartment. In "The General": the cat arrives in Wilmington, North Carolina, where it is found by Amanda, the young girl it has been sent to protect. What she needs protection from is a tiny, evil troll who lives behind the skirting board in her bedroom.
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Release Date: 12 April 1985
Filming Locations: Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $3,451,000
(14 April 1985)
Did You Know?
Stephen King wrote this script with Drew Barrymore in mind because of her performance in
When Robert Hayes gets past the falling section of sign, there is a hole in the right shoulder on the back of his shirt. When he enters the apartment, the hole is no longer there.
Polly got in one good peck before that cat killed her. Good for Polly!
I certainly never realized that Polly had such a big pecker.
Fun horror/anthology movie
"Cat's Eye" is another horror anthology movie that I found to be a nice
companion piece with "Twilight Zone: The Movie". The thing that surprised me
about this film is that it's a suspense comedy loaded with thrills galore
and dark humor. Instead of four separate tales, "Cat's Eye" has just three,
with a plucky tabby cat intervening through all three stories. And all three
segments are directed by the same man (Lewis Teague). Stephen King wrote all
three segments, with the first two segments based on short stories written
by King. The first segment is a black comedy starring James Woods in some of
the funniest acting that he's ever done as a man who wants to quit smoking.
He goes to a place called Quitters, Inc. This clinic is run by a most
unusual doctor played by comedian Alan King. Woods finds out quickly that
their methods of trying to make smokers quit are odd. Very, very odd. This
story isn't really scary but it's downright hilarious with Woods trying
desperately to kick the habit. King is also very funny as the doc. This is a
very good segment. But my favorite segment of "Cat's Eye" is the second one.
The late Kenneth McMillan stars as a ruthless gambler who kidnaps a tennis
player (Robert Hays from "Airplane!") who's been doing a little
you-know-what on his wife. McMillan makes a strange bet with the tennis pro:
walk on top of a short ledge around the gambler's high rise building 50-60
stories up. This segment is a scary one, with a few touches of black humor
(even though this segment isn't as funny as the first one). King wrote the
third segment directly for the screen. He wrote it for a then very young
pre-teen Drew Barrymore (who a year earlier starred in King's
"Firestarter"). Barrymore plays a little girl who takes that tabby cat in to
live with her after the cat runs into her house. The reason why the cat ran
into her house: kitty spotted a little tiny gremlin strolling into the
place. The cat comes in and tries to save the day. This segment is silly but
fun. All in all, "Cat's Eye" is an underrated gem. Funny, scary, and
*** (out of four)