The Cat's Meow

The Cat's Meow is a 2001 historical drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, and starring Kirsten Dunst, Eddie Izzard, Edward Herrmann, Cary Elwes, Joanna Lumley, and Jennifer Tilly. The screenplay by Steven Peros is based on his 1997 play of the same title, which was inspired by the mysterious death of film mogul Thomas H. Ince that occurred on William Randolph Hearst's yacht during a weekend cruise celebrating Ince's birthday in November 1924. Among those in attendance were Hearst's longtime companion and film actress Marion Davies, fellow actor Charlie Chaplin, writer Elinor Glyn, columnist Louella Parsons, and actress Margaret Livingston. The film provides a speculative assessment on the unclear manner of Ince's death.

The Cat's Meow
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPeter Bogdanovich
Screenplay bySteven Peros
Based onThe Cat's Meow
by Steven Peros
Produced byJulie Baines
Kim Bieber
Carol Lewis
Dieter Meyer
CinematographyBruno Delbonnel
Edited byEdward G. Norris
Music byIan Whitcomb
Dan Films
CP Medien
Distributed bySwipe Films (UK)
Release dates
  • August 3, 2001 (2001-08-03) (LIFF)
  • April 12, 2002 (2002-04-12) (U.S.)
  • June 4, 2004 (2004-06-04) (U.K.)
Running time
114 minutes[1]
CountriesUnited States
United Kingdom
Budget$7 million
Box office$3.7 million[2]

An international co-production between the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany, The Cat's Meow was primarily shot in Greece, which served as a stand-in for coastal Southern California. The film premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2001, and was released theatrically in the United States by Lionsgate in April 2002. It grossed $3.6 million worldwide, and received largely favorable reviews from film critics.

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