I'd never heard anything about the background of this movie until the day I saw it and the main reason I went to see it was because it was about a homeless guy who befriends a stray ginger cat.
|Me with Tiger and my sister's dog Hadie about 30 years ago|
While Tiger wasn't just my cat I treated him like he was and we were good friends until he passed away.
After hanging around him I could understand why the Egyptians put cats in such high esteem.
|James Bowen and Bob the cat|
But according to the Wikipedia page about James Bowen,
"Concerned that the cat had nowhere else to go, Bowen took him in on a permanent basis, naming him Bob after a character from the television drama Twin Peaks."
|Killer Bob from 'Twin Peaks'|
It seems that Betty, Bowen's animal loving neighbour and James' love interest in the movie were just made up for the film, as far as I can tell, never having read Jame's book that the movie was based on.
Being a bit of a 'Twin Peaks' fan myself I was surprised that 'Twin Peaks' premiered on April 8, 1990, on ABC, as April 8th was my dad's birthday and the day his mother passed away also.
I was also surprised that the link to the IMDB site for the 'A Street Cat Named Bob' movie ends in 888, as my Nan bought me and my brother a peddle car that had 888 on the number-plate.
I was also surprised that in the movie following his parents’ divorce, he moved to Melbourne, Australia with his mother and the day I was looking up about James on the net I see this story in the local Australian news -
Heroin deaths prompt renewed calls for Victorian safe injecting rooms
Overall though, I liked this movie on a lot of levels, even if his girlfriend wasn't real.
'Bob the Builder' TV show before making this movie and played a serial killer named Mary Ann Cotton in a TV series named,
And on the subject of murderers, Joanne Froggatt played Joanne Lees in the TV movie, 'Murder in the Outback' the true story about Joanne Lees's ' partner missing presumed murdered in the Australian outback.
I also thought it amusing that Luke Treadaway, who plays James in 'A Street Cat Named Bob' voiced a character in an animated movie named, 'Ethel & Ernest' before making the cat movie, because my Nan's name was Ethel.
I also found the above trivia fact at the IMDB site interesting, as 67 out of 67 people found that piece of trivia interesting, mainly because the team I have followed in the NRL were founded in '67.
|The Sharks finally winning the grand final last year with me in the front row|