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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.

Director:

Don Chaffey

Writers:

Robert Westerby (screenplay), Paul Gallico (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick McGoohan ... Andrew McDhui
Susan Hampshire ... Lori MacGregor
Laurence Naismith ... Reverend Angus Peddie
Jean Anderson ... Mrs. MacKenzie
Wilfrid Brambell ... Willie Bannock
Finlay Currie ... Grandpa Stirling
Alex Mackenzie Alex Mackenzie ... Tammas
Vincent Winter Vincent Winter ... Hughie Stirling
Denis Gilmore Denis Gilmore ... Jamie McNab
Charles Carson ... Doctor Strathsea
Ruth Dunning Ruth Dunning ... Mother Stirling
Ewan Roberts ... Constable McQuarrie
Oliver Johnston ... Mr. Dobbie
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ... Targu (as Francis de Wolff)
Nora Nicholson ... 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Scottish Gaelic

Release Date:

4 June 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las tres vidas de Thomasina See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Karen Dotrice first appears in the film, before the opening titles, and says, "Thomasina!", her voice is actually that of Robie Lester, who also sings the theme song. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie when Thomasina is running down the street, we can see briefly the camera's shadow in the bottom left corner. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. MacKenzie: For a clever man, you have a lot to learn.
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Connections

References A Matter of Life and Death (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Gay Weaving Song
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed by Susan Hampshire
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The "Lassie, Come Home" of cat movies.
12 December 2005 | by regisgoatSee 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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