Cats in Movies

Wish I could write a column about my cat Phoenix, but I can’t because this blog is for movie producers.  So, I’ll write a column about movies with cats.  But, not movies about cats—because that’s too easy.  Instead this column is about movies which have cats in them, cats whom you might not have noticed had I not pointed them out to you.  Cats who, nevertheless, are important and loved members of the lead characters’ lives.

  • Game 6. Robert Downey is a movie critic who almost has sex with Michael Keaton’s daughter.  Robert Downey’s cat walks around on the table checking out leftover food.  Phoenix was a sweet, soft, orange kitty with gold eyes.


  • Alien.  Ripley has a cat named Jonesy.  The cat gets rescued. Phoenix loved all people even though two teenagers had tried to hang him and beat him to death when he was a kitten.


  • Star Trek The Next Generation (television show).  Recurring character Spot.

Data: “You must tell him he’s a pretty cat and a smart cat, too.”

Worf: “I will feed him.”

Orange pussycat

There is a Chinese saying that when you save someone’s life, rather than that person repaying the favor, you end up being that person’s slave for live.  Jim & I were slaves of my cat Phoenix for 17 years.  Whatever he wanted, he got.


  • The Godfather.  Cat sits in Marlon Brando’s lap and purrs.  Marlon supposedly found him on the set and kept him.  My cat Phoenix was a huge lap sitter and purrer.


  • One Fine Day. A film with both a cat and George Clooney.  What could be better? Phoenix liked his forehead scratched.


  • Romancing the Stone.  Kathleen Turner has a cat named Romeo.  Kathleen Turner was some hot chick back then!  (So was I.) My Cat Phoenix died last year.


  • Assassins.  Julianne Moore is crazy about her cat.  I miss Phoenix every single minute


  • Harry and Tonto.  Nuff said. Nuff said.


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