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The Truth About Cats & Dogs Details


In this updated and gender-reversed variation on Cyrano de Bergerac, Janeane Garofalo stars as Abby, the host of a radio talk show for people who have problems with pets. One day, she gets a call from Brian (Ben Chaplin) who is having trouble with his Great Dane (who enjoys roller skating). After a few minutes on the phone, Brian is immediately taken with Abby, and she's certainly interested in him. However, while Abby is not unattractive, she's terribly self-conscious about her appearance. When he asks her for a description, instead of telling him she's a diminutive brunette with big brown eyes, she describes her neighbor Noelle (Uma Thurman), a tall, rail-thin, blue eyed blonde. When Ben sets up a date, Abby is frantic and convinces Noelle to take her place. However, while Abby sounds smart, witty and charming over the radio (or the telephone), Noelle speaks like -- well, I think the phrase dumb blonde is called for here. Brian becomes puzzled -- why is it Abby is so great on the phone but so inarticulate in person? And what's the story with her friend, the cute brunette who sounds so smart? Noelle is even more confused; she wants to help her friend, but she's finding herself falling for Brian as well. The Truth About Cats and Dogs gave Ben Chaplin his first role in an American film and Janeane Garofalo's first starring turn after several notable supporting performances. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:April 26, 1996


Uma Thurman
as Noelle Slusarsky
Janeane Garofalo
as Abby Barnes
Ben Chaplin
as Brian
Jamie Foxx
as Ed
James McCaffrey
as Roy
Richard Coca
as Eric
Robert Brinkmann
as Irate Director
Stanley de Santis
as Mario
David Cross
as Male Radio Caller/Bookstore Man
Linda Porter
as Newscast Auditioner
Mary Lynn Rajskub
as Female Radio Caller
Victoria Edwards
as Mother
Nigel Gibbs
as Newscast Auditioner


Michael Lehmann
Cari-Esta Albert
Audrey Wells
Robert Brinkmann
Howard Shore
Howard Shore
Composer (Music Score)
Sharon Seymour
Production Designer
Jeff Knipp
Art Director
Audrey Wells
Executive Producer
Richard Hashimoto
Executive Producer
Maggie Martin
Set Designer
Douglas Axtell
Sound/Sound Designer
Joe Camp III
First Assistant Director
Noon Orsatti
Spike Silver
Eddie Yansick
Debra Zane
Bill Myer