Three wry and shocking Stephen King short stories are linked by a stray cat which roams from one tale to the next. The stories feature James Woods attempting to quit smoking by any means necessary, Robert Hays being forced to circle a building's hazardous ledge, and Drew Barrymore threatened by a tiny gnome.
James Woods - American Actor
Lewis Teague - American Director/Editor
Kenneth McMillan - American Actor
Drew Barrymore - American actress and producer
Alan King - Actor/Comedian/Producer
Irwin Alan Kinberg - Actor/Comedian/Producer
Candy Clark - American Supporting Actress, AMERICAN GRAFFITI
Robert Hays - American actor, AIRPLANE
From the macabre imagination of Stephen King comes this trio of terrifying tales. In the first episode, a New York man has trouble giving up cigarettes. He turns to a shady self-help operation whose hotheaded owner outlines a litany of incrementally harsh penalties for those who cannot resist having another puff. The second story centers on Cressner, a mobster who works Atlantic City. His wife has been having an affair with a tennis pro, so Cressner forces the athlete to walk the ledge around his apartment high-rise. If the athlete can complete one lap along the overhang, he gets to be with Cressner's wife forever. A young girl, in the closing narrative, has difficulty sleeping. Though her parents suspect the family cat of wrongdoing, the girl knows better -- especially after she spots a foot-high troll coming out of her bedroom wall...
"Cat's Eye" began during the film adaptation of author Stephen King's "Firestarter," also a Dino De Laurentiis production. De Laurentiis solicited King to write another vehicle for actress Drew Barrymore. King returned with an idea about a girl and the pet cat that guards her from a mischievous troll. Because this material did not warrant a feature-length project, King adapted two short stories from his anthology "Night Shift" -- "Quitters, Inc." and "The Ledge" -- to comprise "Cat's Eye." Additional cast: Mary D'Arcy (Cindy). Filmed in J-D-C Widescreen. Color by Technicolor. Recorded in Dolby sound.
"...Elements of Roald Dahl's urbane, unsentimental humor [mixed with King's]...affection for things magical and occult....A good deal of comic authority..." - 04/12/1985 New York Times, p.C8
"...An excellent roster of talent..." - 04/17/1985 Variety
"...The special effects are impeccable and Giorgio Postiglione's production design meticulous and inspired..." - 04/12/1985 Los Angeles Times, p.C4