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Film / Cat Chaser

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Cat Chaser is a 1989 film directed by Abel Ferrara and starring Peter Weller and Kelly McGillis, based on the novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard.

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. 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.