A Street Cat Named Bob

A Street Cat Named Bob

DVD - 2017
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Busker and drug addict James is living hand to mouth in London when he adopts a sickly cat. James names the cat Bob and soon they are inseparable.


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Jan 19, 2018

Young drug addict meets cat, and thereby hangs a tail (yes, pun intended). Wonderful human-interest story. Great acting by Luke Treadaway but the cat steals the show every time he's on. Definitely recommended.

Dec 31, 2017

Heartwarming and based on a true story, but I'd recommend reading the book first since the movie leaves out quite a few details. Note: this is not a family-friendly movie (the scenes of drug use might be disturbing for young children).

Dec 16, 2017

I loved this movie, which is based on a true story. After ample life experience (I'm 74 yrs old) with dogs and cats, I prefer cats to dogs. Cats have dignity, personality, intelligence, emotions, and they are quiet and clean. Dogs move too much, they piss the rug all around and they are noisy. Since my little Maltese was hit by a car and died I have cats and I loved them all. At present I have a cat I have adopted from VOKRA (Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association) and she is adorable in all respects. Mark Twain wrote: "If man was cross-bred with cats, the result would be worse than cats." And Mark Twain was a man of brains. I am writing this now owing to an encounter today with "human nature." I feed pigeons, they sit on my hand and I love them. As I was beside my pigeon friends eating, an East Indian young man came by, smiled widely and greeted me in a friendly way. A minute later a "home-grown" white Canadian, rather young and almost 2 meters tall man came by. When I was just going away and he reached the sidewalk beside my pigeons, he stamped his foot, scared them away and looked back at me with a challenging stare. There we have "human nature." I have seen some senior, a white man crossing the street, while cars were waiting for him to pass, and what did he do? He slowed down his pace and crossed the street with a military-like extra slow march, staring at the waiting cars impudently. Well, here's proof that "variety" of human natures is not strength but a source of constant conflict. If only the persons with mild, peaceful, friendly nature were allowed to breed (the aggressive ones would not be allowed) the human race would be much improved and there would be peace on earth. Universal rights give advantage to the aggressive individuals. I have seen a video about Russians experimenting with wild silver foxes. One percent of those animals are born with a genetically peaceful nature. The Russians bred only those foxes they selected for their peaceful nature, and in 8 generations the foxes changed looks and started to bark and were totally peaceful like good dogs. The same could be done to humans and there would be peace on earth. Until this is done, the only way to curb the aggressiveness of some individuals would be strict dictatorship and control. Now, from different sources I learned about the plans for the future of Mankind, and that new world is called an "era of peace." But I learned also that those "wise men" who plan this future (incl. the UN - read Arthur Koestler's book: "The Ghost In The Machine, where he tells, as a UN expert, about the planned 2-tier [slave] society of the future), they hold the belief that predators are the top of evolution and they should rule. So, how will that "era of peace" come? Well, the biggest human "predators" will rule but they will be kept in line by the ruthless rules and methods of their group. As for the rest of the pop, they will be phased out and replaced by genetically designed peaceful slave workers, a kind of humanoids. (Those who plan this believe they are Gods themselves, great predators, who have the right to rule on earth). A "Bio-Ethics Commission" of Bush Jr. wrote a report on this plan in 2003. This is the tragedy of Man: always the aggressive ones rule. The bullies in school will be big bullies when they grow up - my daughter's old bully class mates in Primary write on Facebook the same way they behaved in school). OK, let's talk about this movie again: This is a semi-documentary movie about the nice human soul and the friendly relationship of Man and Animal.

Dec 13, 2017

I saw many good films this year but this one sticks in my mind. It has grit, it has charm, it isn't dumbed down and it has BOB! This is based on a true story about a man (James) who is trying to get clean from a drug addiction. Along comes a feral cat (Bob) who is in need of shelter. James discovers that taking care of Bob's simple needs helps him to be more careful with his life.
The real Bob stars as Bob and it has a fun cameo by the author, James Bowen of the book of the same title.
The film won Best British Film at the U.K. National Film Awards on 29 March 2017.

Nov 29, 2017

A very enjoyable movie, based on a true story.

A fun little family film based on the bestselling memoir and its sequel. Not quite a Disney production but it's entertaining and features the real Bob as himself in most of the scenes.

Oct 21, 2017

While some scenes are redundant, you don't seem to mind because Treadway does a smashing job of drawing you into his character's life (as does the actress who plays a neighbor). You just root for them. I too found it a surprisingly engaging film about how people deal with various types of loneliness and despair, as they seek some semblance of normalcy in their lives. Just give it a go.

Oct 14, 2017

Mostly a story about the human and the cat. Has numerous cat POV shots in the film. Bob plays himself in the film. No subtitles on DVD; had to suffer through some of the accents. Got the gist of the story.

Ultimately heartwarming story of a busker drug addict who's trying to get clean and takes in a very companionable stray cat at a low point when he really needs to reach out and re-engage with life. Presumably not typical of the average addict's experience but a personal tale of this one person's relationships (especially with Bob the cat) that lift him back up. The music is actually pretty good, considering it is written for this film, and Luke Treadaway performs it well and is very engaging (as is Bob, who appears as himself throughout the film). Not for very young children because the addict and drug references can be pretty heavy.

Sep 30, 2017

Even though this might have been a great story, I could not understand the actors because they all had such heavy accents and there was no "closed caption."
I stopped watching after about 10 minutes.

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Dec 31, 2017

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Dec 31, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This film contains scenes of drug use, overdose and withdrawal. While it's not as intense as Trainspotting, it might not be suitable for young children.


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