Cat Chaser is another example of how difficult it is to transform a sharp and racy novel into a classy movie. Despite a fine cast and atmospheric direction by Abel Ferrara, the pic [from the novel by Elmore Leonard] doesn’t quite make the grade, though it certainly is worth a look.
Peter Weller plays Miami hotel owner George Moran who fought during the American intervention of Santo Domingo. Years later he is drawn back to try and find the woman who taunted him with the name Cat Chaser.
He instead is joined by Mary (Kelly McGillis). Ensuing affair convinces Mary that she must end her marriage. Unfortunately she is married to Tomas Milian, former head of the Santo Domingo secret police, who has other thoughts on the matter.
Weller is fine as the intelligent, self-contained hero, but best of all is McGillis, seemingly relishing the part of a sexually charged femme fatale. Charles Durning, as always, gives the pic a dose of class, and manages to make his manipulative killer vaguely charming. Frederic Forrest, however, blusters badly and thankfully comes to a sticky end halfway through.