The Cat's Meow

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"Some secrets won't stay buried."
  • PG-13
  • 2001
  • 1 hr 52 min
  • 6.4  (8,901)
  • 63

The Cat's Meow is a dramatic and suspenseful film that takes place in 1924 aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht, the Oneida. The movie is based on a real-life incident that occurred in which an important Hollywood producer, Thomas Ince, was shot and killed while on board the boat. The film is directed by Peter Bogdanovich and features an all-star cast. Kirsten Dunst plays the role of Marion Davies, a famous silent film actress who is also Hearst's mistress. Cary Elwes plays the role of Ince, the producer who is tragically killed. Edward Herrmann plays the role of Hearst, the powerful media tycoon who is in charge of the boat and all of its passengers.

The movie begins with the Oneida setting sail from San Pedro, California, with a group of guests on board. The guests include a handful of Hollywood stars, as well as influential businessmen and politicians. Throughout the voyage, tensions begin to rise between the passengers as secrets and scandals come to light.

One of the main sources of tension comes from the relationship between Hearst and Davies. While Marion is known for her beauty and talent on the silver screen, Hearst is known for his wealth and influence. Their relationship is the source of constant gossip and speculation among the other passengers, many of whom disapprove of their affair.

Things come to a head one night when Ince, the Hollywood producer, arrives on the boat. Ince is secretly in love with Davies and hopes to win her affections during the voyage. However, complications arise when Hearst becomes jealous of Ince's attention towards Davies.

As the night wears on, tensions continue to rise until a gunshot is heard. The guests rush to Ince's cabin to find him lying motionless on the floor. Panic and confusion ensue as the passengers try to figure out what happened.

The remainder of the film focuses on the aftermath of Ince's death as the passengers and crew try to cover up what they know about the events of that fateful night. The tension between Hearst and Davies becomes more complicated as the truth begins to unravel.

The Cat's Meow is a gripping and suspenseful film that explores the dark side of Hollywood and the corrupting influence of power and privilege. The performances from the talented cast are stellar, with Kirsten Dunst delivering a standout performance as the beautiful and troubled Marion Davies.

Overall, The Cat's Meow is a must-see film for fans of drama and suspense. The real-life events that inspired the movie make for a fascinating and tragic tale that is expertly brought to the screen by Bogdanovich and his cast.

The Cat's Meow is a 2001 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 52 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4 and a MetaScore of 63.

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