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The Nine Lives of Christmas (2014)

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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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Mark Jean

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Sheila Roberts (based on the book by), Nancey Silvers
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Cast

Credited cast:
Brandon Routh ... Zachary Stone
Kimberley Sustad ... Marilee White (as Kimberly Sustad)
Stephanie Bennett ... Jaclyn
Chelsea Hobbs ... Blair
Sean Tyson ... Ray
Dalias Blake ... Mark
Gregory Harrison ... Chief Sam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tonya Lee Albers Tonya Lee Albers ... Melissa
Alison Araya ... Lucy
Jennifer Cheon ... Sarah (as Jen Cheon)
Stephen Dimopoulos ... Manny
Carey Feehan ... Kyle
Nicole Fraissinet ... Anna
Keith Martin Gordey Keith Martin Gordey ... Mr. Bosley
Kayvon Kelly ... 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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Nine Lives of Christmas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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16:9 HD
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Here are some of the subtle clues and double-entendres that make Zachary very reminiscent of Superman: . Camera angle makes it appear like he has a cape floating about him when he's scrutinizing the paint on the wall. . When he unzips at the end, as he decidedly walks toward the camera. . He didn't lie. . Mistletoe is his kryptonite. . Certain otherworldly stares as the camera closes in on his eyes. . When he rushes to save Marilee from the shopping cart careening her way. . When Marilee tells him "you're a hero", referring to his being a fireman. . When he says: "I'm not at all what I seem." . When Sarah tells Marilee: "How many more clues do you need?" See more »

Goofs

While at the taco stand, all the people in line are wearing heavy winter jackets, hats, and gloves. The lead character is in a skimpy dress without a coat nor is the fireman wearing one. See more »

Quotes

Zachary Stone: [in a mock serious tone] I'm not at all what I seem.
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References The Blair Witch Project (1999) See more »

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Joy to the World
(uncredited)
Written by Isaac Watts and Lowell Mason
Performed by the Christmas Carollers
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Hallmark Scores Big With This Sweet Holiday Charmer

Holiday magic with kitties and a male lead (Superman Brandon Routh) who really seems to love cats! This is one of Hallmark's better Christmas offerings. Its full of sweetness and lovely romance.

The only negative is that its supposed to be set in Portland, Oregon during the Christmas season. Winter in Portland is generally cool, cloudy and rainy. All of the outside scenes for this film are filled with brilliant green grass, trees with heavy foliage and bright sunlight. To be sure its late spring or summer somewhere. The filming took place in Canada; seems the scouts could have come up with a more 'Christmas-y' Canadian snow scape than the location chosen. Im still baffled as to why the film would advertise Portland in the first place.

Kimberly Sustad as Merilee is just adorable as the kind hearted Vet student who isn't looking for love. She's smart, beautiful and loves animals. Brandon Routh as Zachary is sweet and certainly handsome, but never seems really enamored by Marilee. I appreciate that Hallmark let his character be a normal hard working guy, and not some fancy suit from the manor born. I notice that seems to be a trend in a lot of Hallmark productions, and this was refreshing.

Still, the performances are thoughtfully executed, and both of the lead actors are lovely and talented and a real treat to watch. Gregory Harrison's small supporting role as the Fire Chief and Zachary's friend and mentor, is living proof that some men just get better and more handsome with age!

Put this one on the must watch list for your Christmas movie lineup. Hallmark should take a tip from its own production and make more Christmas offerings like this. This cute film has Nine Lives and then some!


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