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1985 film directed by Lewis Teague

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  • Nov 12, 2013
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I am and have always been a big fan of Stephen King, from the books to the screen and everything in between. So it is no secret that I am a fan of this film. In fact I believe it is one of the most underrated of all the King related films that have been made. This movie featured three different tales all interlocking through a cat, two of which were based on King's short stories from the book "Night Shift" while the final was made for the film. The script was written by King himself and directed by Lewis Teague who also helmed the King film "Cujo".

Three different stories are connected by a cat that is getting visions of a little girl who needs help. On his way to finding this girl in the final story he comes across two different situations that put him in danger. The first story involves a man who really wants to quit smoking and will go to any length to stop, or is that forced? Then he moves on to meet a few people stuck in a love triangle and the situation they end up in. Finally the cat arrives at his final destination looking for the little girl that has somehow been calling out to him. What he finds may be his biggest test yet.

I have always been a fan of the anthology films and this is one of my favorites. How could it not be with King penning it with two based on short stories that I already loved. The first story "Quitters Inc." stars James Woods and is an excellent start to the film. In this story he is trying to quit smoking and goes to a business that specializes in helping with those kinda problems. The thing is if he is caught smoking his wife and daughter will be tormented and punished for it. The punishments would continue to get worse like being put in a shock cage or being raped. He is told that if he continues even after all that then he will be killed. I will not say if he smokes or not but I will mention that I loved the "Watching You" scene with the song from The Police.

The second story is just as good with a man wanting to run off with another man's wife and the consequences of that. This story is called "The ledge" and I am sure you can guess why, the title refers to the punishment the man must go through. The catch is that if he completes it then he will be forgiven and aloud to live and get the girl. What happens is fun to watch and is a great addition to the film. This brings us to the final story, "General". It is called that because that is what the little girl [Drew Barrymore] names the cat when he finally arrives at her home.

Now I am sure most people remember this segment the most since it was the poster and such. This one involves a troll that is after the little girl at night. The problem is that her mother does not want the cat in the house at night. This of course means he cannot protect her. This is probably my favorite of the stories because the cat is the star here.

Also I should point out that since the director did "Cujo" it is Cujo that is chasing our feline hero at the beginning of the film. You should also watch for a certain car named Christine to appear in the film as well as other nods to other King works. Also the setting of the final story is the same town that "Maximum Overdrive" took place in. those are a little of the things you might notice or hear about on the commentary track that the director does. This is a fun flick that I do recommend to any King or horror fans out there. Every time I watch this it takes me back, I love it.

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November 13, 2013
oh yeah, man, I really liked this one.
November 20, 2013
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review by . August 08, 2009
Cat's Eye was another film that was based upon the written work of Stephen King. Two of the three stories were taken form the short story collection NIGHT SHIFT. The movie is actually a decent watch and fans of the original source material will enjoy it as well as the average fan. An added bonus is the fact that the man himself wrote the screenplay!!      The movie is about a cat that has many adventures. Along it's way, an image of a girl keeps the cat going to it's final destination. …
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The three stories that were used in the film (Quitters Inc., The Ledge, The General) were written by Stephen King who also wrote the screenplay.
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Director: Lewis Teague
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Drama, Comedy, Fantasy
Release Date: April 12, 1985
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Stephen King
Runtime: 94 minutes
Studio: Dino De Laurentis Company
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