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''Cat's Eye'' is a 1985 {{anthology film}} by Lewis Teague based upon short stories by Creator/StephenKing (specifically: ''Quitters Inc'', ''The Ledge'' and ''The General'', the first two which are part of the ''Literature/NightShift'' collection and the third was written by King for this movie). Lewis Teague previously directed another Stephen King film, ''Film/{{Cujo}}''. Creator/DrewBarrymore appears in the film in one of her earlier roles.

In the film, a stray cat is the linking element of three tales of suspense and horror.

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!!The film includes the following tropes:

* ActingForTwo: Drew Barrymore plays Amanda in the third story, and briefly appears as James Woods's character's daughter in the first story.
* AllTrollsAreDifferent: The troll is a vicious, small creature who emerges out of children's bedroom walls to kill them by stealing their breath. While intelligent, it can't talk, but does have humanlike clothing and a small knife for defense.
* AnthologyFilm: The three stories in the film are completely unrelated. General the cat is the only element linking them, as he witnesses them during his journey to save a little girl from a troll.
* BadassAdorable: General the Cat
* {{Balloonacy}}: During their final battle, the troll tries to escape General by flying away on a bunch of helium mylar balloons. It works only partly and General manages to catch him.
* BigDamnHeroes: General in the final story.
* BreakingAndBloodsucking: In the final story, a [[AllTrollsAreDifferent tiny troll]] lurks in the walls of Amanda's bedroom and steals her breath while she sleeps.
* CatsAreMagic: The three stories are tied together by a wandering street cat who is on a journey to save a little girl from a troll-like creature, after he received a psychic signal of some sort.
* CatsAreMean: Inverted. General is the hero of the film, [[spoiler:especially at the end, when he [[AmplifiedAnimalAptitude uses a record player]] to throw the troll into the fan.]]
* TheCameo: Film/{{Cujo}} and Film/{{Christine}} appear during the film's opening scene.
* ChildEater: The little troll; he kills children by [[SoulEater stealing their breath.]]
* DeadlyRotaryFan: [[spoiler:How the little troll gets disposed of in the end]].
* {{Determinator}}:
** Nothing is going to stop General from protecting Amanda.
** Johnny while making his trek across the ledge.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: After going through hell throughout the entire film, the cat finally manages to find a home with the family of the young girl.
* EvilAllAlong: At the very end, General creeps up on Amanda; the music suggests that he's EvilAllAlong. [[spoiler:Instead he gives her a kiss and cuddles into her arms, providing a rare heartwarming ending from a Stephen King story. Awww.]]
* [[EvilDetectingDog Evil Detecting Cat]]: General keeps hissing at Cressner. He also knows a troll is lurking about.
* EvilIsPetty: Cressner does not take kindly to his wife's relationship with Johnny Norris. As a prize for winning the "bet", however, he offers his wife. [[spoiler:He never said he'd give Norris ''all'' of his wife, though...]]
* EyeOpen: The movie opens with a close-up on one of General's eyes. Serves also as a visual TitleDrop.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: The first two stories are from ''Literature/NightShift''. There are some notable changes, but they're largely faithful.
* FluffyTheTerrible: In "The Ledge", a brutish goon of Mr. Cressner is called "Ducky".
* ForcedToWatch: In "Quitters, Inc.", after smoking once, Dick is forced to watch Cindy in the electric cage.
* FreudianExcuse: The final segment suggests Amanda's mother's hatred of cats stems from her own mother telling her stories of the evil done by cats, such as stealing their breaths. Which happens to be what General is trying to prevent the troll from doing.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Mostly played straight through the movie, but at the end, [[spoiler:the ground-up troll gibs are presented in technicolor glory to the audience. [[{{Squick}} Ewww.]]]]
* GrossUpCloseUp: The troll finally gets a little NightmareFuel, [[spoiler:after it mauls the parakeet to death, and goes to suck out Amanda's breath.]]
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** FrankWelker is credited as "Special Vocal Effects." His vocals for the troll seem to be a cross between [[{{Film/Gremlins}} a gremlin]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters Slimer]].
** WesternAnimation/IronMan is Johnny.
* IronicEcho: In "The Ledge", "Just keeping you on your toes."
* JaywalkingWillRuinYourLife: The main method of Quitters Inc., is to enforce this trope on their clients as harshly as possible. All to get them to quit smoking.
* KarmaHoudini: The mysterious managers of Quitters, Inc. - in fact, right at the end it's revealed that they have gotten away with their intimidation and mutilation many times before.
* KindheartedCatLover: Amanda, who falls in love with General at first sight. Averted with the mother, who's the exact opposite, just waiting for an opportunity to get rid of the cat, and practically revelling in capturing him and taking him to get euthanized.
* KilledByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler: Cressner - whereas his fate at the end of the story is never stated [though it's implied Norris will push him off the ledge if he does indeed make it back], he definitely falls off in the movie.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma:
** [[spoiler:Cressner. He runs into the exact same pigeon that his victim did, tries to kick it, and falls off the ledge - landing on the same horn that he'd thrown out the window previously.]]
** The troll as well; [[spoiler:after gibbing Amanda's pet parakeet to frame General, he meets his end by getting [[LudicrousGibs gibbed himself]] -- on screen]].
* LudicrousGibs: Mostly averted, but the leftovers of [[spoiler:the troll, after it was ground up in the fan]] weren't pretty.
* MistakenIdentity: The troll [[spoiler:frames the cat after mauling the parakeet to death, so he would have an uncontested shot at stealing Amanda's breath.]]
* MythologyGag: In "The Ledge," a ''Penthouse'' issue is prominently seen [[spoiler:after Johnny has gained the upperhand]]. The July 1976 issue was where the original story was published.
* OffWithHisHead: Also in "The Ledge", a character is beheaded offscreen - [[spoiler:Cressner's wife. Delivered as promised.]]
* OnlySaneMan: In the last story, Amanda's father. He might not believe his daughter's claims of a monster, but he's handling the whole situation better than his wife.
* PetTheDog: Cressner bets on General surviving crossing traffic and takes him back to his apartment to be fed when he does. He later shows no regard for General and almost steps on him during his petty torments of Norris. [[spoiler:This comes back to bite Cressner when General causes one of his goons to fall over during his escape, allowing Norris to gain the upper hand.]]
* PlummetPerspective: On "The Ledge", with a cornet.
* ThePrecariousLedge: The second segment, "The Ledge", is built around this trope. A man is kidnapped by his lover's powerful and jealous husband for planning to run away with his wife. The husband makes the protagonist an offer: [[spoiler: if he can navigate the minuscule ledge outside his top floor penthouse all the way around the building, he will divorce his wife, if not, he will frame the man for drug charges.]]
* ProperlyParanoid: Though only Amanda truly believes that the troll [[spoiler:framed General for killing the parakeet]], Amanda's father finds it suspicious that General somehow got such a large slash mark.
* PunchClockVillain: Quitters Inc is an entire business of this. Their methods on smokers only apply to their clients.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The minitroll in his GrossUpCloseUp.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: After Cressner goes back on his word and [[spoiler:reveals that he has murdered his wife]], he tries to buy his way out by offering an enraged and gun-toting Norris millions of dollars. Norris has a much better plan for revenge -- make Cressner the same offer to walk around the ledge and gain his freedom as the one he offered him.
* SelfDeprecation: Dick Morrison on "Quitters Inc" is seen watching ''Film/TheDeadZone'', and he remarks "I don't understand what this movie is about... I don't know [[WhoWritesThisCrap who writes this crap.]]"
* SmugSnake: Cressner gloats endlessly on how he's bested Norris and torments him for kicks during his dangerous walk around the ledge.
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:General trips up Cressner's gunman, allowing Johnny to get the gun and the upperhand]].
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:After being a SmugSnake throughout the second segment, Cressner starts to panic and cry as Johnny forced him on the ledge, while cursing his hatred for Johnny.]]
* WhoWritesThisCrap: A character played by James Woods complains "Who writes this crap?" while watching Creator/DavidCronenberg's adaptation of Creator/StephenKing's ''Film/TheDeadZone'' on TV. King wrote the screenplay for ''Cat's Eye''.

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