Topsy and Bunker: The Cat Killers

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Topsy and Bunker: The Cat Killers
Directed by Thomas Massengale
Produced byJack Massengale
Written byJames Hansen
Starring Steve Gunderson (actor)
Paul Robertson
Quentin Crisp
Kathy Najimy
Shirley Stoler
Music by Butch Rovan
Distributed by Top Bunk Films
Release date
April 17, 1992
Running time
87 min.
LanguageEnglish
Budget$1,000,000 (est.)

Topsy and Bunker: The Cat Killers is a 1992 mystery/drama film released by Top Bunk Films, the first feature film directed by underground cine-video artist Thomas Massengale.

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Topsy (Steve Gunderson) and Bunker (Paul Robertson), two outcasts living in a run-down, fleabag hotel in pre-Giuliani New York. Ensconced in their Manhattan neighborhood, where the present seemingly is out of sync with the overarching, socially defined reality of The City at large, the two misfits pass the time of their times in a fugue. Weaving fantasies of ever more complicated deviousness, they are shocked when, one night, one of their mind games goes horribly wrong and results in the death of Grace (Shirley Stoler), one of the locals.

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