"Cat City" drags in enough moldy film-noir leftovers to make any genre-savvy viewer want to show it the door. That it actually co-stars Rebecca Pidgeon, Brian Dennehy and Julian Sands may suggest how far even good actors might go to look for work, yet even they can't possibly revive the screenplay equivalent of a dead-cat bounce.

“Cat City” drags in enough moldy film-noir leftovers to make any genre-savvy viewer want to show it the door. That it actually co-stars Rebecca Pidgeon, Brian Dennehy and Julian Sands may suggest how far even good actors might go to look for work, yet even they can’t possibly revive the screenplay equivalent of a dead-cat bounce. The usual cheating husband/suspicious-wife/shady-deals-gone-bad plot might fool enough foreign customers to eke out a few sales abroad, plus some vid and cable leftovers.

P.I. Harold (Dennehy) informs attorney Victoria (Pidgeon) that her Palm Springs real estate hubby Nick (Sands) is cheating on her, but that’s nothing compared with the rotten Cathedral City casino deal on which Nick has lost a fortune, making other investors poorer in the process. A stranger (Alano Massi), claiming to be an associate’s friend, comes to stay at Nick and Victoria’s, but he’s so obviously not who he claims to be, it’s a wonder this supposedly smart couple doesn’t give him the boot. On such hackneyed plot hooks hangs a movie that feels at least a decade out of date.

Cat City

Production

An Out of Pocket Films presentation. (International sales: CineTel Films, Los Angeles.) Produced by Patrick Stack. Executive producer, Gregg Giuffria. Directed by Brent Huff. Screenplay, Huff, Douglas L. Walton, William Shockley.

Crew

Camera (color), Rudy Harbon; editor, Pete Sepenuk; music, Tor Hyams; production designer, Lori Mazuer; costume designer, Lynn Brannelly. Reviewed on DVD, Los Angeles, April 11, 2009. (In Method Fest, Los Angeles; Palm Springs Film Festival.) Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Rebecca Pidgeon, Julian Sands, Brian Dennehy, Alano Massi, Shawn Huff, William Shockley, Lou Beatty Jr., Edward Kerr.
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