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      That Darn Cat!

      G Released Dec 2, 1965 1h 56m Comedy Mystery & Thriller List
      94% Tomatometer 16 Reviews 72% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings Sisters (Hayley Mills, Dorothy Provine) need an FBI agent (Dean Jones) after their siamese brings home the only clue to a bank robbery. Read More Read Less Watch on Disney+ Stream Now

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      William J. Nazzaro Arizona Republic That Darn Cat is enjoyable, perhaps even delightful holiday fare for the younger members of the family. Sep 2, 2020 Full Review Dave Kehr Chicago Reader Robert Stevenson directed, and it's one of Disney's more watchable live-action efforts. Mar 10, 2009 Full Review Trevor Johnston Time Out The two legged cast play second string to the marvellous moggie. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Michael Scheinfeld Common Sense Media Amusing but long romp for both adults and kids. Rated: 5/5 Jan 2, 2011 Full Review TV Guide Silly, fun stuff, and perfect for kids. Rated: 3/4 Mar 10, 2009 Full Review Rob Thomas Capital Times (Madison, WI) Lightweight, forgettable family fun. Rated: 3/5 Apr 28, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Margaret G This rating is from the 10 year old me who saw the movie in 1965. Remember more extended scenes from that movie than most. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/30/24 Full Review Audience Member That Darn Cat is a film I likely wouldn't have heard of if it weren't for internet reviewers Nostalgia Critic and Cinema Snob, who covered both the 1965 original and the 1997 remake, a film that, having heard what they said about it, I have no interest in seeing. The original, on the other hand, is a fun little romp that never takes itself too seriously. It's got a pretty intense plotline line featuring a kidnapped woman whose life always hangs in the balance, considering how trigger-happy her kidnappers are. But this never gets too dark, and is always counterbalanced by the light-hearted, zany antics that make up the central story. The cat that plays DC has such presence and leaves a definite impact because they always look invested in what they're doing. I didn't know it was possible to train a cat so well. The story is unabashedly silly, but that's what make it fun. Some of the conversations go on longer than they need to, and the film could do with having about 10 minutes cut out of it. But if you plan on watching it I reckon you'll know what you're getting yourself in to. It's just a shame that Disney can't make live action films as enjoyable as this anymore. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review christopher c. m Other than some really annoying characters, mainly in the form of a nosey "Gladys Cravitz" neighbor, it's pretty good. It is mostly movie and the villains are scary. It's a Disney classic for a reason. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Starring Hayley Mills again as the female lead. This is her last film, and Dean Jones' first for Disney. The plot focuses on a cat that the FBI uses to solve a kidnapping and burglary. It started a little slow, but picked up in the second act and ended up being an entertaining movie. If you like drama/comedy or cats, I would suggest this movie. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Muito bobo e divertido ao mesmo tempo, um roteiro simples e inteligente, extremamente divertido, personagens cativantes e um cantinho exagerados, e o gato um fofo, poderia ter enviesado para o o lado do suspense, mas se com policial cômico satisfatório, mais uma excelente produção Disney, bora assistir o remake, espero que seja tão bom quanto... Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Seriously, of all the Disney live action I've watched over two weeks, this is my favorite. It's a solid mystery story that has a cat to keep kids interested, but never panders or plays down to its audience. Dean Jones is pretty solid as FBI Agent Zeke Kelso, Hayley Mills is wonderful as Patricia "Patti" Randall and Dorothy Provine as her sister Ingrid and Roddy McDowall as would-be suitor Gregory Benson are both perfect. Put them up against Neville Brand and Frank Gorshin as the duo who have kidnapped a woman* yet who are outwitted by a feline and you have a great movie. Its writing crew was recognized for their work. Mildred Gordon, Gordon Gordon (the Gordons wrote the original book, Undercover Cat) and Bill Walsh, were nominated by the Writers Guild of America for Best Written American Comedy and the movie was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Motion Picture. The real star is DC** — Darn Cat — a rare movie cat who acts exactly like a real cat. He's pretty much rude and even dangerous to everyone outside his owners Patti and Ingrid. Plus, William Demarest made me laugh out loud every single moment he was on screen, which is the hallmark of a comedic actor. One of the Seal Point Siamese cats in this film also appears in The Incredible Journey. Let's hear it for movie animals who appeared in more than one role! Also — I have a weakness for fake beatniks in kid movies. Witness Canoe, played here by Tom Lowell. He's everything plus! *Grayson Hall, Dr. Julia Hoffman from Dark Shadows! **In France, he is known as P.V., which comes from the French translation Petit Voyou, or little delinquent. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Sisters (Hayley Mills, Dorothy Provine) need an FBI agent (Dean Jones) after their siamese brings home the only clue to a bank robbery.
      Robert Stevenson
      Bill Walsh, Ron Miller
      Buena Vista Distribution Co. Inc.
      Comedy, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 2, 1965, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 11, 2020
      1h 56m
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