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THE CAT'S MEOW
USA: Lions Gate Films
UK: Swipe Films
Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Edward Herrmann, Eddie Izzard, Cary Elwes, Jennifer Tilly, Joanna Lumley, Victor Slezak, James Laurenson, Ronan Vibert, Chiara Schoras, Ingrid Lacey, John C Vennema, Claudia Harrison, Claudie Blakley, Hendrik Arnst, Yuki Iwamoto, Steven Peros
Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Countries: Canada / Germany / UK
UK: 114 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for sexuality, a scene of violence and brief drug use
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate violence, sex and drugs use
USA Release Date: 12 April 2002 (Limited Release - Los Angeles and New York)
UK Release Date: 2 July 2004 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 25 June 2004 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 4 June 2004 (Limited Release - London, West End)
From the play by award winning writer Steven Peros and acclaimed director Peter Bogdanovich (THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, THE MASK, PAPER MOON) 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 1924 that brought some of the century's best known personalities of the day and resulted in a still-unsolved, hushed-up killing.
As Hearst (Edward Herrmann) and his lover actress Marion Davies (Kirsten Dunst) set sail from San Pedro Harbor early one Saturday morning, hosting a small group that reduces the brilliant but self absorbed Charlie Chaplin (Eddie Izzard), film pioneer Thomas Ince (Cary Flakes) preoccupied with his recent financial setbacks, ambitious gossip columnist Louella Parsons (Jennifer Tilly) and the eccentric British , Victorian novelist Elinor Glyn (Joanna Lumley) it becomes clear that although witty repartee and double entendre are the order of the day, deceipt and deception are also on the menu.