A Street Cat Named Bob

A Street Cat Named Bob

DVD - 2017
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iloveseaotters
May 20, 2019

I first discovered the series of books at my local library and just fell in love with them. I actually read the sequel first then the original and after that, the children's book about Bob. The story of Bob and James and how they found each other is just wonderful and I was looking foreword to seeing the movie. I have to say that although I really liked it, seeing it unfold on screen didn't have the same magic for me as reading it. I am glad that Bob played himself and the actor who portrayed James did a great job. It's obvious that Bob learned to trust him during the making of the movie and that made it more believable. For those who have read the books, the movie does a good job following the story line of the books, although there were a few characters (the women in particular) that I hadn't remembered reading about in the book, but maybe I've just forgotten. I'm glad that they didn't include any sort of romance between James and one of the women featured, because that would have made it seem like a romance, which it is not. This movie is great for anyone because there is absolutely no swearing at all, but there is a bit of drug use (or implied drug use); however even that is downplayed, but it's important to include it in the movie because that is ultimately the beginning of this story. It has some really humorous moments, but it was slow moving at times. It was really worth it though and there is a great cameo near the end that I wish I had watched twice but the next time I see this movie, I want to watch it again. Really well made movie with beautiful shots of London. But I do recommend the books as well.

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mrsid
Jan 13, 2019

If you're an Anglophile /cat lover /you feel bad re. the houseless ,this film may be a sure choice to make. Having once busked on the streets of London I can vouch for it's authenticity (it looks as cold as reality feels-forget' Masterpiece' ! ) Although it looks a little like a 'Disney for grownups', there are plenty of dark moments to temper the good vibes thrown out by the ever wonderful Bob. Not a totally comfortable ride, but worthwhile nontheless and may have you questioning you own attitude toward the houseless. Take it home !

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mr_chocolate
Jan 02, 2019

I enjoyed this film that was based upon the book written by James Bowen, about his harsh life that found some warmth through the companion of a street cat that also found or chose him. I thought it was well acted and directed by the main characters, Luke Treadaway (Unbroken: 2014; the Rack Pack: 2016), Ruta Gedmintas (The Borgias: 2011-2012; The Incident: 2015; The Strain: 2014 - 2017), and Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey: 2010 - 2015).
The extras on this DVD, I found to be worth-the-while as it interviewed the cast, and interviewed the author and explained that Bob the cat was played by himself!
A touching film that was filmed in London.

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lakeland53
May 28, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. In this day and age, it's not hard to know someone who lives on the street, or has a life-threatening addiction. The lead in this film has both. He is given a new lease on life from someone who takes a great interest in him. And a cat walks into his life. Based on a real guy, who actually was an addict and lived on the streets of London.
I highly recommend this film.

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harry124
Mar 20, 2018

This movie is good for cat lovers. I love cats and the way people have relationships with them. I have a pet cat called "Lady" and cats are amazing animals.
I am an animal lover.
Michael

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JILLYJELLY
Mar 19, 2018

Meh. This was okay, was expecting a bit more.

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donkeyhote
Mar 19, 2018

This is a very nice, humane and true story of love and friendship between a lonely man and a lonely animal. On Youtube James Bowen said this about their friendship: "A lone man and a lone animal find each other and heal each other." And on Youtube I saw the house Bob "bought James". It's a lonely house in a clearing beside a side road. James spent 15 years of his young life as a street musician and a seller of the Big Issue magazine of the poor, and in his books he tells that beside many nice people many other people hurt him with rude remarks, which really hurt him. I think he got weary of the crowd, and he chose a lonely spot for his home, away from the throng and the hurts. James and Bob are by now world famous, but the wounds of the past will never totally heal. I understand his love for this extraordinary, charismatic and wise cat, who finally brought him a positive attention and some material safety. I understand him, because I am a senior with no close friends, except for critters, who are nice and grateful to me for feeding them. Raccoons and some cats come up to me at night as friends, and in daylight I feed pigeons and squirrels, who eat from my hand. Pigeons are to me as lovely grand-children and friends, and they give me much joy. Some passers-by smile and encourage me, while others make rude remarks, which hurt. They can see I love pigeons and still they tell me ugly remarks, calling my pigeons friends "flying rats," "vermin," and me "asshole." This happened just today. I fully understand James Bowen, I love his books and this film, and, sincerely, I understand why he chose that spot, away from the human crowd, for his home in the countryside. Love and friendship is what makes life worth living, many people don't understand this, but for those of us, who can be called "human," James' and Bob's nice and true story is a heart warming, great lesson. In the French broadcast of RadioCanada I had a favorite person, who received the Governor General's Award years ago, and I remember his saying this once: "Only 5 percent of people can be called 'humans' ". James' and Bob's story is very nice, very human.

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husika
Mar 14, 2018

Very nice and eye opening film about human to human and human to animal relations. The film and all the James-Bob books are a real heart-warming treasure.

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marieloudavril
Mar 12, 2018

This is a sweet movie to watch. the cat Bob is adorable and the prime character is sincere, loving and caring for animals and people in general. Troubled with addiction and rejection by his father and his family. He find our own path of liberation and freedom of Drugs. Good ending too.

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INVS
Feb 25, 2018

So glad I found this film, so irritated there were no subtitles available. Yes, it's English speaking actors, but can Americans translate even when actors speak directly to camera? No, & I'm no stranger to this speech, however I've always be able to say, 'please repeat'. It was almost a foreign language.

BOB is fantastic. This is an excellent testament to the suffering of/with drug users. What I did not recognize was my actual sighting of drug users & homeless on UK streets during my travels there, even visiting these same streets, from 2004 to 2016. I agree young viewer likely needs to have some maturity, it's definitely not Disney. If one is going to visit the UK, this is not a bad primer.

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windchime
Feb 22, 2018

A moving, sweet and wonderful movie with a happy ending. Absolutely worth watching! The main character is a great actor and the cat is brilliant.

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Acura19
Jan 23, 2018

Wonderful, for adults

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Ky68RasK
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.

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daysleeper236
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).

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feralranger
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.
MEOWIEST!

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movie20
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.

Valerie_L Nov 02, 2017

A film that reminds us that we all need someone to love and care about and care for.
James needed Bob as much as Bob needs James. There is hope for all of us if we show a little kindness.

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Barsby
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.

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wildct2003
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.

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beherenow12
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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Matinee
Sep 24, 2017

I tend to be drawn to dogs and keep my distance from cats, but this movie still managed to warm the cockles of my heart. The film is based on the adult nonfiction book of the same title. It is unrated, is pretty wholesome overall, but does contain references to drug use.

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sjm101
Sep 06, 2017

a lovely story. Lots of laughter and crying. So heartwarming.
Warning: the story line is not for children, in spite of how charming Bob is.

Franln Sep 05, 2017

I love this story! Must be the coolest cat in the world. Even people who don't like cats should get a kick out of this one.


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