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The Nine Lives of Christmas (2014)

After a stray cat adopts Zachary, he meets Marliee and realizes the single life is not as fulfilling as he thought it was.

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Cast

Credited cast:
... Zachary Stone
... Marilee White
... Jaclyn
... Blair
... Ray
... Mark
... Chief Sam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tonya Lee Albers ... Melissa
... Lucy
... Sarah (as Jen Cheon)
... Manny
... Kyle
Nicole Fraissinet ... Anna
Keith Martin Gordey ... Mr. Bosley
... Ellio
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After a stray cat adopts Zachary, he meets Marliee and realizes the single life is not as fulfilling as he thought it was.

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Although no word from the production that this was done on purpose, there are many subtle clues and double-entendre references in this movie that would imply that Zachary really is Superman. Brandon Routh played both roles. See more »

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In the final scene the position of Marilee's hair changes depending on the camera angle. In camera shots looking over her shoulder at his face it is tucked behind her ears, but in shots looking over his shoulder at her face it is hanging down in front of her ears. See more »

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Zachary Stone: [after kissing Marilee] Sorry... I didn't have a choice: Mistletoe!
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References The Blair Witch Project (1999) See more »

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O Tannenbaum
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Traditional tune, lyrics by Ernst Anschütz
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A First-Rate Hallmark Romance
26 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is a typical Hallmark Christmas romance movie, but more captivating than most. Of course, you know how everything will turn out, but the process depends upon how attractive and appealing the main characters are. Both leads in this film, Brandon Routh as fireman Zachary Stone and Kimberly Sustad as veterinary student Marilee White, are A-one. They are both instantly likable (in Miss Sustad's case exceedingly lovable) and romance lovers will immediately be rooting for them and intrigued by how they will get together.

OK, this may be enough, but then throw in the animal characters, and those who are pet owners or who love animals will find the two cats adorable. And the pets are not there just for their attraction, but they play essential roles in the plot. So what we have is indeed a warm and fuzzy (pun intentional) love story that is just fun to sit back and enjoy without expecting anything more than that--it is enough.

My wife and I enjoyed the movie so much that we purchased a copy of the short novel by Sheila Roberts that it is based upon. The plot of the book has some major differences, but the adaptation for the screenplay was very well done and was true to the overall effect of the novel.

I would love to see Kimberly Sustad featured in more Hallmark movies. She is such a talented and endearing actress, with a different kind of beauty all her own--a unique look that is far more interesting than that of the cookie-cutter Miss America types.


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