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The Three Lives of Thomasina (1963)

Approved | | Drama, Family | 4 June 1964 (USA)
Thomasina the cat brings a family together, through her mysterious death and reappearance.

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Reverend Angus Peddie
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Wilfrid Brambell ...
Willie Bannock
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Grandpa Stirling
Alex Mackenzie ...
Tammas
Vincent Winter ...
Hughie Stirling
Denis Gilmore ...
Jamie McNab
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Doctor Strathsea
Ruth Dunning ...
Mother Stirling
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Constable McQuarrie
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Mr. Dobbie
Francis De Wolff ...
Targu (as Francis de Wolff)
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Old Lady
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Storyline

A young Scottish girl's cat, Thomasina, apparently dies at the hands of her widowed veterinarian father. The strained relationship between the girl and her father is eventually repaired with the return of Thomasina and the aid of a beautiful and mysterious "witch" who seems to have powers to revive and heal animals. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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I Am Thomasina -A Most Unusual Cat...They Say I'm Enchanted, and I Am! See more »

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Drama | Family

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Las tres vidas de Thomasina  »

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The oddest thing about the choice of orange tabbies to portray Thomasina (presumably a female cat) is that orange tabby cats are, for the most part, male - just as calicoes are 99.8% female. So either Paul Gallico got it wrong in his original story or the film casting crew overlooked this small biological detail. See more »

Goofs

Scenes showing Thomasina will show an orange Classic tabby and then an orange Tiger Tabby in another. These are two different styles of tabby cats. See more »

Quotes

Andrew McDhui: Put it down. You're mad!
Lori MacGregor: Aye, so I hear.
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References Stairway to Heaven (1946) See more »

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Flowers of the Forest
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The "Lassie, Come Home" of cat movies.
12 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

If you're fond of the little fur-bearing parasites this is a movie you cannot watch without a large hankerchief. It's superior to the current family movies in a number of reasons; lovely color, the realism of a vet's life, delightful Scots Highlands locations, a fine dramatic structure bolstered by that underrated actor Patrick Macgoohan and by a pretty, startlingly black-eyed starlet named Susan Hampshire (the two represent science and faith, respectively, and they come together with an ease you wish these two opponents would share today). But the film is mostly about the tragedy of losing a cat, and the childish, unkillable hope that one day they'll return. The sequence of cat heaven, ruled by the Goddess Bast, is reminiscent of the best of Michael Powell, explicitly referencing Powell's A Matter of Life and Death. The excellent animation is done by the pioneer of the cartoon industry Ub Iweks. A family movie in the day when kids were tougher, it was memorably broadcast on Disney's Wonderful World of Color on TV. I Expect wracking sobs in the scene where a rain- soaked Thomasina comes to the window. Jeez, I'm tearing up right now, just thinking about it.


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