The last day of creation. A stranger arrives in London. No one knows who he is or where he has come from. By the time he leaves, the entire universe will have been erased. A black comedy ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Tom Fisher ...
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The Inspector
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Taxi driver
William Keen ...
Cuthbert (as Will Keen)
Andrew Melville ...
Minister of fish
Matthew Causton ...
Gallows Nelson
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Civil servant
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Kris Krishnamma ...
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Jamille Jinnah ...
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Eileen
Trevor Thomas ...
Schlauch
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Yvonne
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Underworld secretary
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The last day of creation. A stranger arrives in London. No one knows who he is or where he has come from. By the time he leaves, the entire universe will have been erased. A black comedy about the Apocalypse, 'The Nine Lives...' presents a unique brand of left-field humour, spiritual beauty and spectral horror. Written by Anonymous

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The closing scene was filmed on Ivenho Beacons, on an extremely harsh winters day. See more »

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[After establishing that the children in general are at fault for the state of the nation]
Ivul Gurk: Well, well, we could, ah, talk forever - is there a solution?
Tomas Katz: Yes! I have it here. It's a tuning fork. I acquired it through the Sunday Times recent innovation feature.
Ivul Gurk: Tuning Fork of Annihilation: Broadcast a melodious hum of this durable stainless steel tuning fork across the airwaves and cause the destruction of all domestic televisions and the death of all children who hear it. Wow, what will they ...
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After the names of the production companies in the opening titles, the words comprising the sentence "A Film Found Beneath A Stone" flash sequentially onto the screen. See more »

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Referenced in Lindenstraße: Fremdes Terrain (2000) See more »

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I'm impressed.
24 August 2000 | by (Helsinki, Finland) – See all my reviews

During my cinematic explorations I've seen a lot of of far out movies, but The Nine Lives of Thomas Katz has got to be one of the strangest. It's a paranoid yet hilarious film, mixing post-modern end-of-the-world visions with biblical ones. It's one heck of a ride, and though the budget has obviously been quite small, the creators of the film have not let the finances bind their imagination.

In The Nine Lives of Thomas Katz the fair city of London stands on a brink; a solar eclipse is going to darken the skies, and madness begins to emerge. Arcanely dressed Thomas Katz rises from the sewer, and it soon becomes obvious that he is the harbinger (or even the cause) of the chaos to come. The only hope lies in a blind police commander, who is deeply connected with the spirit world. Can he save the white astral child who represents life before Thomas Katz goes through his weird series of metamorphosis, thus sealing the fate of London. And what is Dave going to do about it? What, don't you know who Dave is? Well, he knows who you are, and after you've seen the film you understand why.

When I saw the film the director, Ben Hopkins, was there to present it; he told that much of the dialogue was done by improvisation, and many of the scenes were invented right before they were shot. It's not hard to believe those claims. The Nine Lives of Thomas Katz is not thematical whole; instead it is a series of funny, eerie and surreal scenes portraying the chaos that inhabits our world. While some of these scenes may not work, most of them are, in all their absurdness, scaringly accurate. This clarity of vision covers for the lack of coherence, and makes The Nine Lives of Thomas Katz a worthwhile watch. In it's depiction of irrationality and chaos the film owes much to Luis Buñuel (a debt it openly admits), and it could be even said that this is Buñuel for the post-modern age. Still, the film is highly original in it's own right, and such comparisons should not be taken as claims of plagiarism. Ben Hopkins is not the new Buñuel, but The Nine Lives of Thomas Katz is a film Buñuel would've been proud of.


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