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Release Date: April 12th, 2002

DVD Release Date: August 20th, 2002

PG-13|1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary
From award-winning screenwriter Steven Peros and acclaimed director Peter Bogdanovich comes "The Cat's Meow," an extraordinary look at a fateful excursion of fun and frolic aboard William Randolph Hearst's private yacht in November of 1924 that brought together some of the century's best-known personalities and resulted in a still-unsolved, hushed-up killing.

Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Cary Elwes, Edward Herrmann, Eddie Izzard, Joanna Lumley, Victor Slezak, Jennifer Tilly, James Laurenson

Director: Peter Bogdanovich

Genres: Drama, Thriller

Production Co: Miramax

Distributors: Lionsgate Films

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The film is better on mood than on message, sharply etching the professional desperation behind the forced gaiety. show more

  • The film is darkly atmospheric, with Herrmann quietly suggesting the sadness and obsession beneath Hearst's forced avuncular chortles. Dunst is as good, in her way, as Dorothy Comingore in "Citizen Kane" in showing a woman who is more loyal and affectionate than her lover deserves. show more

  • The script is dead in the water, and most of the misanthropic repartee rings resoundingly false.

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