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The Cat from Outer Space

Cat from Outer Space, The (1978) Movie Poster
  •  USA  •    •  104m  •    •  Directed by: Norman Tokar.  •  Starring: Ken Berry, Sandy Duncan, Harry Morgan, Roddy McDowall, McLean Stevenson, Jesse White, Alan Young, Hans Conried, Ronnie Schell, James Hampton, Howard Platt, William Prince, Ralph Manza.  •  Music by: Lalo Schifrin.
        Zunar J5/90 Doric 4-7, also known as Jake, is an alien cat who crash-lands on earth. He heads off to the nearest scientist to find gold ($120,000 worth!) in order to repair his spaceship. Jake reveals that he can predict the winners in sporting events and soon the military is trying to track him down.

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Image from: Cat from Outer Space, The (1978)
Image from: Cat from Outer Space, The (1978)
Image from: Cat from Outer Space, The (1978)
Image from: Cat from Outer Space, The (1978)
Image from: Cat from Outer Space, The (1978)
Image from: Cat from Outer Space, The (1978)
Image from: Cat from Outer Space, The (1978)
Image from: Cat from Outer Space, The (1978)
Why would I watch TCFOS let alone write about it? (Or is that "why would I write about it, let alone watch it"?) Well, for one thing, it gives me a small measure of satisfaction to rate a silly old Disney flick much higher than I would "Avatar". (Much much much higher.) Secondly, it's a nice little opportunity to compare the cat's "performance" to Tom Cruise's in… just about any movie he's been in. The cat beats him every time, hands down. (And it only got paid in Friskies, not millions of dollars.) It has only one facial expression, but it's a multi-faceted expression compared to Cruise's wide "variety" of annoying grins.

Someone pointed out that the cat used for TCFOS waggled its tail every time someone lifted it. "It didn't like being handled," this amazing Agatha-Christian detective pointed out. Which brings me to the third reason for writing this comment: considering what crap some daft people write, nothing I include in this comment can be any worse. Look, I can be a detective too! Example: I have NOTICED that the cat doesn't open its mouth when it talks. So they must have used a NORMAL cat as opposed to an actual alien feline that can talk. The bleedin'-obvious detective work; I am so glad I am capable of it too.

TCFOS is a cute little feature with a simple plot, the usual broad Disney acting, and dialog aimed at young kids – so it should be right up Nicholas Cage's alley. (I also hotly recommend the movie and its non-complex story to Sean Penn.) In fact, I'd suggest TCFOS to Nick as study material should he ever want to "improve" on his over-acting shout-a-lot method-acting technique (which I hear normally takes 500 years to develop). In any case, he should watch the film because I hear that these kinds of Disney flicks help develop the young, under-developed mind.

On a more embarrassing note, the grand-finale chopperplane action sequence beats almost anything any recent James Bond film had given us. Daniel Craig is actually shorter than the damsel-in-distress being rescued here (and she's of average female height), so I don't even know if she could have been cast in any new 007 movie; Bond should never be towered over by a taller woman – not even in a Craig "Bond". What this has got to do with either TCFOS or the rotting Bond franchise, you ask.


Review by Fedor Petrovic (fedor8) from the Internet Movie Database.