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Film / Cat Chaser

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Cat Chaser is a 1989 crime thriller film based on the novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard, directed by Abel Ferrara and starring Peter Weller, Kelly McGillis, Charles Durning, Frederic Forrest, and Tomas Milian.

George Moran (Weller) is a former American paratrooper and veteran of the Dominican Republic intervention who now runs a small beachfront motel in Miami. While searching for a Dominican woman who saved his life in 1965 (and gave him the nickname "Cat Chaser"), he begins a relationship with Mary DeBoya (McGillis), the wealthy, unhappy wife of a sadistic former Dominican general (Milian). Moran gets involved in a plot to rip off the general, and must elude a number of double-crosses as he and Mary attempt to gain her freedom plus the general's money.

This film features examples of:

  • The Generalissimo: Mary's husband acts and looks like one down to a T, being deposed general from the Dominican Republic.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: Mary's husband is too much of a jerk for anyone to care about her cheating on him.
  • Trophy Wife: Mary is the trophy wife of a ruthless Dominican general.