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February 27, 2016
A provokative and thoughtful western, although extremely slow paced.
August 21, 2015
One of Burt's better films of the 70's
½ July 22, 2014
Burt Reynolds followed up his strong performance in "Deliverance" with this film, which did give him the opportunity to show off that he did have an acting range, but unfortunately, this film was pretty boring. Directed by Richard C. Sarafian, who later made the excelling "Vanishing Point", directed this film, but the story of an independent woman, Sarah Miles, who leaves her husband, George Hamilton, and hooks up with a band of outlaws led by Reynolds had potential, but the film drowns in self seriousness and mock emotion. A good cast is wasted, which included Lee J. Cobb, Jack Warden, Jay Silverheels. John Williams provided the films fine score.
½ September 6, 2012
Based on the 1972 novel by Marilyn Durham, and directed by Richard C. Sarafian (Vanishing Point (1971)), this is a romantic western that's also tough and downright dirty. It was meant to showcase a softer side to it's star, who had been in some tough films up until then, but production problems marred it's reputation, despite all good intentions. Set in the old west, around the turn of the century, Jay Wesley Grobard (Burt Reynolds), is a train robber who is in the process of holding up one train, when he ends up with excess baggage in the form of Catherine Crocker (Sarah Miles), who is on the run from her cruel husband (George Hamilton), who has teamed up with lawman Lapchance (Lee J. Cobb), who is hot on Grobard's tail. It turns out Grobard isn't a bad person, he's a father with two children, that live with an Indian tribe, their mother was an Indian called Cat Dancing. Even though Catherine is repulsed by Grobard's behaviour, she soons warms to him, seeing him as the man her husband can never be, and they end up staying one step ahead of Lapchance and his men. It's a good western, but it had one hell of a troubled production, Miles' boyfriend/manager committed suicide during filming, Reynolds suffered a herniated disc and John Williams only had a week to compose a new score after Michel Legrand's score was rejected. Despite all this, it holds together, Reynolds and Miles have chemistry, and it's quite a sweet love store as well.
September 12, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011

(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
August 29, 2010
Unfortunate name aside, this is a pretty good, fairly low key drama set in the old west. Burt Reynolds was at the height of his career, playing a strong, silent type. Sarah Miles is the meek woman who falls in with his gang of ruffians. With Lee J. Cobb and George Hamilton in hot pursuit, they travel across some gorgeous scenery and get into occasional trouble. Veteran character actor Jack Warden turns in a frightening supporting performance. Like a lot of westerns, it is a bit overlong and could have used some more liberal editing. Worth a watch.
Super Reviewer
August 22, 2010
"Well, if she doesn't look as fresh as a daisy next to an outhouse"!

"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???
Super Reviewer
½ October 23, 2009
A Burt Reynolds western I actually liked
August 27, 2009
This movie has a great plot. And a great story. I like it. I enjoy. Burt Reynolds done a amazing job during this moving. The title of the movie get me. After I watched it turn out being a good movie. Sarah Miiles she done a great job to. I like her in it. Great movie!
Super Reviewer
July 31, 2009
Great script, but I want to know why Burt murdered Sarah Miles' personal assistant on the set. Actually, I think I know why, I want the details of their sordid, hopefully perverse, sex triangle.
Super Reviewer
½ July 22, 2009
This is my first-time of Burt Reynold's western classic. A strong cast with excellent performances by Jack Warren and Lee J. Cobb, it is the only Reynolds movie I like. he scenery is outstanding and all the characters fit nicely in the roles and are believable.
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.
December 26, 2008
Worth seeing to see two of the most interesting (and seemingly forgotten) 70's actors Bo Hopkins and Sarah Miles. Miles doesn't have much to do here besides look forlorn but Hopkins is brilliant. There is also a vicious fight between Reynolds and Jack Warden that works very well indeed.
½ December 20, 2008
It's a western, so it should be about good guys and bad guys, but it's the '70s so it's all about the anti-hero. Seems like the predecessor of "No Country for Old Men" in some sense.
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