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Il gatto a nove code (1971)

Country of Origin: Italy / West Germany / France
Year of Production: 1971
Running Times: 107 mins (Hungary - video)      108 mins     111 mins (Spain video)      112 mins (Japan - laserdisc)
Format: Technicolor     35mm     Techniscope
Ratio: 2.35:1
Sound:

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Production Companies: Labrador Films / Mondial Films / Seda Spettacoli / Terra Filmkunst / Transconta SA
Producer: Salvatore Argento
Production Manager: Angelo Iacono

SCRIPT
Script: Dario Argento
Story: Dario Argento, Luigi Collo, Dardano Sacchetti

DIRECTION
Director: Dario Argento
Assistant Director: Roberto Pariante

PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography: Erico Menczer

EDITOR
Editor: Franco Fraticelli

MUSIC
Music Director / Conductor: Bruno Nicolai
Music: Ennio Morricone

SOUND
Sound: Luciano Anzellotti

MAKE UP AND COSTUMES
Costume Designer: Carlo Leva
Costumes For Catherine Spaak: Luca Sabatelli

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Art Director: Carlo Leva
Titles: Luciano Vittori

CAST
James Franciscus (Carlo Giordani)
Karl Malden (Franco Arno)
Catherine Spaak (Anna Terzi)
Pier Paolo Capponi (Police Superintendent Spini)
Horst Frank (Dr Braun)
Rada Rassimov (Bianca Merusi)
Aldo Reggiani (Dr Casoni)
Carlo Alighiero (Dr Calabresi)
Vittorio Congia (cameraman Righetto)
Ugo Fangareggi
Tom Felleghy (Dr Esson)
Emilio Marchesini (Mombelli)
Fulvio Mingozzi
Corrado Olmi (Morsella)
Pino Patti
Umberto Raho
Jacques Stany
Stefano Oppedisano
Ada Pometti
Walter Pinelli
Sacha Helwin
Maria Luise Zetha
Martial Boschero
Cinzia De Carolis (Lori)
Werner Pochath (Manuel)
Tino Carraro (Professor Terzi)
Gianni De Benedetto (uncredited)
Aldo Parenti (uncredited)

AVAILABILITY

Hungary
Video Distributor: Mokep

Japan
Laserdisc Distributor: Sony; Toshiba

Spain
Video Distributor: Manga Video S.L.

UK
Video Distributor: Warner Brothers; Terror Vision

USA
Theatrical Distributor: National General Pictures
Video Distributor: Video Search of Miami
DVD Distributor: Anchor Bay

CENSORSHIP HISTORY

Australia
Rating: M

Finland
Rating: K-16

Sweden
Rating: 15

UK
Rating: 18

USA
Rating: PG

TIMELINE

1971
February

11: Italy - theatrical release

July
15: West Germany - theatrical release

1972
September

22: Finland - theatrical release

1973
June

8: Sweden - theatrical release

1984
September

29: UK - television broadcast (on BBC1)

1996
September

23: UK - video release (Terror Vision)

POSTER TAGS

Caught between the truth and a murderer's hand!

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Cat O'Nine Tails - UK / US title
Le chat à neuf queues - French title
Die Neunschwänzige Katze - German title

LINKS

SEE ALSO
Due gattoni a nove code... e mezzo ad Amsterdam (1972)

FOOTAGE INCLUDED IN
Il mondo dell'orrore di Dario Argento (1985)

REFERENCES

MAGAZINES

Bianco e nero v32 n3/4 (March / April 1971) p.106 (Italy)
credits

Cinema d'oggi (1 March 1971) p.4 (Italy)
credits

Empire n88 (October 1996) p.130 (UK)
illustrated review by Adam Smith

European Trash Cinema vol.2 no.6 p.11 (USA)
review

Filmfacts v14 n10 (1971) (USA)
synopsis, credits, reprinted reviews

Intermezzo n5 (March 1971) (Italy)
review

Kine Weekly n3317 (8 May 1971) p.12 (UK)
review (by Graham Clarke)

Monthly Film Bulletin v38 n449 (June 1971) p.120 (UK)
review (by Richard Combs)

New York Times 27 May 1971 p.33 (USA)
review (by A.H. Weiler)

Rivista del cinematografo n6 (June 1971) pp.293 - 294 (Italy)
review

Score Filmmuziek Magazine n93 (January 1995) p.18 (West Germany)
note, review of soundtrack album (Pas verschenen)

Sight and Sound v6 n9 (September 1996) p.61 (UK)
illustrated article (Murder in the Dark by Dario Argento)

Starburst n218 (October 1996) (UK)
illustrated review (by David Bassom)

Today's Cinema n9909 28 may 1971 p.8 (UK)
review (by Marjorie Bilbow)

Variety 9 June 1971 p.17 (USA)
review (by Robe)

BOOKS

Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991 - 1992 p.150
credits, review

KEYWORDS

blindness, children, gene manipulation, genetics, giallo, psychological horror, scientists, serial killers, trains

 


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