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A Street Cat Named Bob

7.41 h 42 min2016X-Ray12
Based on the international bestselling book. The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.
Roger Spottiswoode
Luke TreadawayRuta GedmintasJoanne Froggatt
English [CC]
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Supporting actors
Anthony HeadCaroline Goodall
Adam RolstonRoger Spottiswoode
Cleopatra Films
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Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentviolence
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4.7 out of 5 stars

4017 global ratings

  1. 83% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 11% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 1% of reviews have 1 stars
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SnowballReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 August 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A heart touching story
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I didn't expect I would love this movie so much. It's a truly amazing real story. What's great was not just about "Bob" the cat, but was the Bob & James' affections of each other & how Bob helped James to come out from the heroine addiction & hence to get a new life & be very successful later. The most heart touching parts were the movie showed the loneliness, the hard journey & the desperation of James, he needed encouragements & the continuous of support which Bob was exactly giving him that & the accompany he needed. They were the best friends of each other & they met each other at the right place and the right time! Highly recommended!
13 people found this helpful
Mark ChisholmReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 December 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Fine Redemption Film
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A while back I read the book having been swept up in the publicity and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was as far as I could tell an honest book made clear by the fact that the author made no attempts to hide his own failings and his personal decent into drug use and living on the street.

This film closely follows the book with a few changes to lighten it to make it more widely acceptable to an audience. Overall though the framework and story stayed close to the book and that's to the good.

The overall feel of the film is generally light and deals with the issues of drug addiction with a light touch and sensitivity. It does not hide the worst effects but also shows that with luck and determination, some people can escape the hell.

Well acted, and even the cat that played Bob - or cats more likely - hit his lines.

Overall, a fundamentally warm film that is about self salvation with help from those who care.
2 people found this helpful
RichardReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 July 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best family films this year
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Great film. We watched this with our children youngest just 12. We all enjoyed the film and despite the subject it was well handled and age appropriate. This is a wonderful story and one that raises questions for kids but in a sensitive and acceptable way. The 12 rating is more accurate than a lot of films which have far too much swearing.
17 people found this helpful
social_unrestReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 March 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A film about drug addiction
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When i saw this at the cinema the audience was full of young women expecting to see a film about a cute cat.
Instead it was a film about drug addiction.
Hope they weren't too disappointed !
The drug references are not explicit so suitable for viewing by young teenagers. It de-glamourises drug culture and shows it as being sordid and violent without preaching from a pulpit on the topic of drugs. It shows the character struggling against his problems and eventually triumphing. So the message comes across strongly.
Nevertheless the cat features a lot and there's even some love interest from a lady neighbour.
Keep an eye open for the real author of the book making a cameo appearance right at the end. He looked healthy and well.
Highly recommended.
13 people found this helpful
DekeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 April 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Truly amazing story
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Lovely feel-good film guaranteed to lift a heavy mood. Bob plays himself and is a real star. I was blown away, actually! Don't overlook the half-hour 'making of' piece; a real eye opener.
23 people found this helpful
NigelReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 April 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A film which can at times be both very sad and can make you laugh out loud
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A film which can at times be both very sad and can make you laugh out loud.
Bob is the real star - forget about the humans they just get in the way......
I cannot speak too highly of this film.
24 people found this helpful
C. SirbuReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A very pleasant surprise!
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When I saw the title and picture cover, I thought I'll give it a try but probably switch to something else. But surprise, surprise! The film is great on all levels! It is well played, well written, has soul, message for a wide range of people! It is not dark tragic, neither light, it has the right ingredients and quantity. A Street Cat Named Bob is like a well prepared dish! (I have to admit that I was sniffing when Bob was lost, and the third encounter between son and dad was very touchy). Long story short, I will see this film again! Kudosh for the screenwriter, producer, actors, director and of course, BOB.
Anthony ManmohanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 October 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Cat & Mouse
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Did not like but enjoying seeing the cat and mouse. Maybe because I could not connect with the main character as we did not get to know more about his pass only focused on the present. Lost interest and watched in bits and pieces, his character could been more developed.
Sad to hear Bob died as a result of a car accident, and I had just finished jury service Monday on a dangerous driving case.
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