Cinema: A Cat with Character

The cat-burglar movie has 999 lives. And for good reason: the suspense of the well-planned caper, the guaranteed palm-sweating factor in window-ledge gymnastics, the romantic appeal of the Lone Wolf against Society. He Who Rides a Tiger is a low-budget British import that delivers all these with a handsome bonus as well—some real characters worth caring about.

The cat in question (Tom Bell) is more than just lean and good looking and a whiz at going up and down drainpipes. He suffers and feels for the sufferings of others: the lonely misery of a middle-aged slattern whose husband is doing time, the...

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