That Darn Cat (1997)

That Darn Cat (1997)




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The original Disney feature film, That Darn Cat, was a feel-good hit in 1965, thanks largely to stars such as Hayley Mills, Roddy McDowall, and William Demarest. This 1996 remake also closely follows the novel Undercover Cat by Mildred Gordon and Gordon Gordon and features Christina Ricci in the Hayley Mills role. In a small Massachusetts town, two bumbling criminals mistakenly kidnap a maid, thinking her to be the wife of a prominent businessman. D.C., short for Darn Cat, is an alley cat who, while looking for his nightly snack, stumbles upon the kidnap victim, bound and gagged in a shed. The kidnap victim scratches a plea for help on the back of her wristwatch and puts it around the cat's neck. Patti (Ricci) finds the watch and links it to the missing maid. Playing amateur detective, she enlists the aid of an FBI agent, Zeke (Doug E. Doug), who has been assigned to the case. Patti and Zeke follow D.C. through tight openings to track down the captive. The cat also leads them to the woman's abductors (Peter Boyle and Rebecca Schull) and to a climactic car chase. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi
PG (for mild thematic elements.)
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Comedy , Kids & Family
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Christina Ricci
as Patti Randall
Doug E. Doug
as Agent Zeke Kelso
Dean Jones
as Mr. Flint
Dyan Cannon
as Mrs. Flint
Michael McKean
as Peter Randall
Bess Armstrong
as Judy Randall
Estelle Parsons
as Old Lady McCracken
Brian Haley
as Marvin
Rebecca Koon
as Lizzie
Ned Bellamy
as Agent #1
Brad Sherwood
as Agent #2
Rob Cleveland
as Agent #3
Jeffrey King
as Agent #4
Tom Turbiville
as Field Agent #1
Libby Whittemore
as Another Agent
Cassandra Lawton
as Newscaster
Margo Moorer
as Teacher
Hillary Tolle
as Kid #1
Paula Jones
as Kid #2
Kinsey McLean
as Kid #3
Jon Kohler
as Hollywood Cat Choreographer
Wilber T. Fitzgerald
as Scientist No. 1
Terrence Gibney
as Scientist #2
Harvey Reaves
as Cop #1
Bill Coates
as Old Ticket Man
Alex Van
as Trash Man
Michelle B. Cooper
as Female Nurse
Stephen Michael Ayers
as Disbelieving Cop #1
Frank Smith
as Announcer
Margaret Ellis
as Agent #6
George Dzundza
as Boetticher
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Critic Reviews for That Darn Cat

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

The script trips all over itself to be hip and flip before it takes a desperate dip into utter conventionality: dull car chases, explosions, inept slapstick.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
Top Critic

Obviously designed for cynical modern teens.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

Don't mess with D.C.!

Full Review… | January 28, 2005

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September 25, 2005

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Full Review… | April 8, 2005
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May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Audience Reviews for That Darn Cat

Awful family film that has no point whatsoever, this is a film that really doesn't offer anything to the viewer aside from a bad plot, poor acting and stupid jokes. There's nothing really to enjoy here, except for a bad cast that aren't memorable and are more tiresome than funny. This is among Disney's worst live action features, and it doesn't deliver anything worthwhile to the viewer. As a whole, this film fails as a family film, and you'd it be a fun, entertaining film. Unfortunately, this film really doesn't have any redeeming factors about it and it just fails to be memorable, or absolutely entertaining. Live Disney films tended to be hit and miss, and That Darn Cat missed the mark big time. This is a remake of a classic film, and like most remakes, it fails to be as fun as the original. The film's cast is horrible in their performances and the film's plot misfires big time and it really doesn't have anything to be entertaining for the viewer. This film fails and as all remakes before and after it, is forgettable. The direction is pretty poor as well, and is unfocused and only contributes to the downfall of this 1995 of the Disney classic. I remember as a kid I hated this film because I felt it was a stupid film that had pretty bad on-screen gags and bad story development. That Darn Cat remake is a film that should be avoided if you're looking for a well constructed family film that will appeal to the entire family. This remake could have been so much better, but due to a poor script, poor cast, and poor directing, it fails before the film's end. Avoid this if you're looking for a memorable family film with plenty of laughs, as this one won't offer anything for the viewer.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

With the 'charm' by a young Christina Ricci and the star of Cool Runnings, one of Disney's best pictures, Doug E. Doug, That Darn Cat become an awful and a shame to Disney studios.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

This remake of the Disney classic has a bad cast, stupid jokes, and it just doesn't have the spirit of the original. It's very disappointing.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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