The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing Reviews
(1973) The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing
Burt Reynold's stars as Jay who successfully lead a group of train robbers, but along the way while escaping with horses waiting, bumps into a girl Sarah Miles as Catherine on a horse who witnessed the whole escapade while waiting for a train to get married to her fiance, Crocker played by George Hamilton, but the group decide to drag her along as a hostage as they escape, during this journey she brings out the best and the worst of them with Jay holding his own and being the most civilized out of the whole bunch and as the film progresses even more, he tells her about a Native American woman he used to be with by the name of "Cat Dancing"- hence the title!
Based on a novel written by Marilyn Durham and while watching it showed some realistic things if people were to be travelling in whe west eg: putting mud on the face to prevent it from sunburning or a dip into some water to prevent dehydration! But with a more than two hours of running time is a very good movie is often slow, but as a movie holding it's own is still interesting to say the least!
2.5 out of 4
"The man who loved Cat Dancing" is different from most westerns in that it is focused on relationships. This may not be surprising, in the light of the fact that the novel it is based on was written by a woman. Burt Reynolds plays a train robber whose gang is disrupted by the intrusion of a woman, the aristocratic Catherine née Cat Crocker (British actress Sarah Miles) who is fleeing an unhappy marriage.
Catherine's husband hires on a tracker (Lee J. Cobb) to find his wife who he believes is kidnapped. You never get the impression that Crocker (George Hamilton) isn't a decent enough guy in his own right only that his wife doesn't love him enough to want to stay married. With Jay Grobart's gang, Catherine gets more than she's bargained for, having to fend off the lecherous likes of Bo Hopkins' Billy, and the brutish Jack Warden's Dawes and later some renegade Indians.
Meanwhile Grobard himself is a driven man on the trail to retrieve his two children from a Shoshone tribe, left behind after he killed the man who raped his wife, the 'Cat Dancing' character of the film's title. We also follow Catherine's emotional changes. She is at first simply running away from a husband she does not love. She later has sex with a man who has protected her, and is then raped by a sociopath.
The scenery in this movie was outstanding with excellent performances by Jack Warren and Lee J. Cobb.
Worth checking out...wait a minute...just two people on my friend's list have seen this one???
The plot although not unique has its moments as the dynamics of the "gang" are played out. Reynolds has never been better and clearly missed his calling as a western hero, he plays the strong silent type much better than road he went down in his career.