Heathcliff: The Movie

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Heathcliff: The Movie
Heathcliffmovie.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bruno Bianchi
Produced by
Written by Alan Swayze
Based on
Starring
Music by
Production
companies
Distributed by Clubhouse Pictures
Release date
  • January 17, 1986 (1986-01-17)
Running time
70 minutes
Country
  • France
  • United States
Language English
Box office $2.6 million

Heathcliff: The Movie is a 1986 animated anthology comedy film from DiC Entertainment, released by Atlantic Releasing under their Clubhouse Pictures label.

Plot[edit]

On a rainy day, Heathcliff (Mel Blanc) recalls his past exploits to his three nephews (and a mouse), through a compilation of episodes originally broadcast on the TV series.[2]

Stories[edit]

  1. "Cat Food for Thought" - Heathcliff becomes a TV star after getting rid of his competition.
  2. "Heathcliff's Double" - There's a new cat in town called Henry who looks exactly like Heathcliff, and everybody mistakes him for Heathcliff.
  3. "The Siamese Twins" - There are two new cats in town that are ruining Heathcliff's reputation, making everyone think Heathcliff is the cause of their troubles.
  4. "An officer and an Alley Cat" - To win a lifetime supply of free cat food, Heathcliff goes to obedience school to be worthy for the contest.
  5. "The Catfather" - In this parody of The Godfather, Heathcliff collects gifts for the Catfather, oblivious to the fact that the Catfather is the scare of the town.
  6. "Boom Boom Pussini" - Hector gets Heathcliff into a challenge to wrestle the famous cat wrestler Boom Boom Pussini who cheats to win matches.
  7. "Pop on Parole" - Heathcliff's father has gotten parole for jail time and Heathcliff believes he broke out and the cops are chasing him.

After Heathcliff is finally finished telling his stories, his nephews angrily throw him out of the house. The movie ends with Heathcliff saying "Those are my boys!" and laughing.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

The film was released theatrically on January 17, 1986 by Clubhouse Pictures.

Home media[edit]

Heathcliff: The Movie was released on VHS and LaserDisc in the 1980s and 1990s by Paramount Home Video, KVC Home Video, and GoodTimes Home Video respectively. It was released on DVD in 2004, but is currently out of print. As of 2018, the film has yet to be released in widescreen on home video.

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Heathcliff: The Movie grossed $508,305 on its opening weekend and grossed $2,610,686 domestically by the end of its run. It is the 8th highest grossing G-rated film of 1986.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Caryn James of The New York Times stated that the film is "harmless," but it's "likely that even the youngest children will be as bored by Heathcliff as his inattentive nephews are." James also criticized the animation, the lip sync on the human characters, and the character of Heathcliff.[4]

The film currently has a 5.3/10 rating on IMDb, and a 50% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[5][6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ James, Caryn (April 19, 1986). "THE SCREEN: 'HEATHCLIFF,' TALES OF COMIC-STRIP CAT". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  2. ^ BENSON, SHEILA (17 January 1986). "Movie Review : 'Heathcliff' Lacks Catnip". Retrieved 2 January 2017 – via LA Times. 
  3. ^ Heathcliff: The Movie at Box Office Mojo
  4. ^ James, Caryn (April 19, 1986). "THE SCREEN: 'HEATHCLIFF,' TALES OF COMIC-STRIP CAT". The New York Times. Retrieved December 27, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Heathcliff: The Movie (1986)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 27, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Heathcliff: The Movie (1986)". IMDb. Retrieved December 27, 2017. 

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