Cat People (1982)

35mm film, Technicolor, 1.85:1
Dolby Stereo, English

An American horror film directed by Paul Schrader.

Plot Summary

Irene Gallier is one of the last of an ancient race of who can only mate with their own kind and who transform into when they have sex. She falls in love with a and fends off the incestuous advances of her brother.


Directed by: Paul Schrader
© MCMLXXXII [1982] by Universal City Studios, Inc.
RKO Pictures and Universal Pictures present a Charles Fries production. A film by Paul Schrader
Executive Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer
Produced by: Charles Fries
Screenplay by: Alan Ormsby
Based on the Story by: DeWitt Bodeen
Director of Photography: John Bailey
Second Unit Director of Photography: Jeffrey Kimball
Director of Photography ( Crew): Paul Vom Brack
Film Editor: Jacqueline Cambas [opening credits], Ned Humphreys, Jere Huggins [end credits]
Music by: Giorgio Moroder
Sound: Jim Webb, Chris McLaughlin
Costume Designer: Daniel Paredes
Make-up: Leonard Engelman
Hair Stylist: Janice D. Brandow
Special Effects: Tom Del Genio, Pat Domenico, Karl Miller
Special Visual Effects by: Albert Whitlock
Catvision Optical Effects: Robert Blalack
Art Director: Edward Richardson

Nastassia Kinski (Irena Gallier)
Malcolm McDowell (Paul Gallier)
John Heard (Oliver Yates)
Annette O'Toole (Alice Perrin)
Ruby Dee (female)
Ed Begley Jr (Joe Creigh)
Scott Paulin (Bill Searle)
Frankie Faison (Detective Brandt)
Ron Diamond (Detective Ron Diamond)
Lynn Lowry (Ruthie)
John Larroquette (Bronte Judson)
Tessa Richarde (Billie)
Patricia Perkins (taxi driver)
Berry Berenson (Sandra)
Fausto Barajas (Otis)
John H. Fields (massage parlor manager)
Emery Hollier (Yeatman Brewer)
Stephen Marshal (Moonie)
Robert Pavlovitch (Ted)
Julie Denney (Carol)
Arione De Winter (Indian village mother)
Francine Segal (church woman)

Alternative Titles

I agriogata – Greece
Il bacio della pantera – Italy
El beso de la pantera – Spain
Cat People – Denmark
A Felina – Portugal
La Féline – Canada (French), France
Kattfolket – Sweden (Finnish)
Katzenmenschen – West Germany
Kedi kiz – Turkey
Kissaihmiset – Finland
Ljudi macke – Serbia (Croatian)
Ludzie-koty – Poland
A Marca da Pantera – Brazil
La marca de la pantera – Argentina, Mexico, Peru
Párducemberek – Hungary

Remake of
Cat People (1943)

Includes extracts from
Top Cat (1961-1962)

Extracts included in
Bride of Monster Mania (2000)
Cat People: An Intimate Portrait by Paul Schrader (2002)
Coming Soon (1982)
Terror in the Aisles (1984)



  • American Film vol.7 no.6 (April 1982) pp.38-45
  • Cinefantastique vol.11 no.2 (Autumn 1981) p.9 – note
  • Screen International no.283 (14 March 1981) p.6
  • Cinefantastique vol.11 no.4 (December 1981) pp.20-21 – article
  • Cinefantastique vol.12 no.4 (May/June 1982) pp.28-47 – interviews with Paul Schrader, Alan Ormsby, Albert Whitlock and Tom and Ellis Burman
  • Cinefantastique vol.12 no.5/6 (July/August 1982) p.93
  • Classic Images no.89 (November 1982) p.26 – review
  • L'Écran Fantastique no.26 (September 1982) pp.56-61, 78; 61
  • L'Écran Fantastique no.52 (January 1985) p.81 – illustrated video review (Video show)
  • Film Comment vol.18 no.2 (March/April 1982) pp.49-52 – interview with Paul Schrader
  • Films vol.2 no.10 (September 1982) pp.34-35
  • Film Criticism vol.13 no.2 (Winter 1989) pp.36-46 – article (The Monster as Woman: Two Generations of Cat People)
  • Films and Filming no.335 (August 1982) pp.28-29
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.271 no.9 (26 March 1982) pp.3, 28
  • Literature/Film Quarterly vol.25 no.4 (1997) pp.291-299 – illustrated article (The Transformation of Woman: The “Curse” of the Cat Woman in Val Lewton/Jacques Tourneur's “Cat People”, Its Sequel, and Remake by Linda Rohrer Paige)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.49 no.583 (August 1982) pp.156-157
  • Positif no.260 (October 1982) pp.59-62
  • Screen International no.364 (9 October 1982) p.24
  • Starburst no.47 (1982) pp.10-11; 28-33 – interview with Alan Ormsby
  • Starburst no.55 (1983) pp.14-15 – interview with Paul Schrader
  • Stills vol.1 no.5 (1982) pp.30-33 – article
  • Time Out no.630 (17 September 1982) p.26
  • Variety 24 March 1982 p.41
  • Video Watchdog no.89 (2002) pp.6-7 – illustrated article (Musical Notes by Nathaniel Thompson/Tim Lucas)


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.374
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.57, 58, 61, 251, 363
  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A.Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.85 – credits, synopsis
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.54
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis p.43-44
  • Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.230-232 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.75-76
  • The Werewolf Filmography by Bryan Senn p.357-358