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The Three Lives of Thomasina (1964)

Patrick McGoohan , Susan Hampshire , Don Chaffey  |  PG |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patrick McGoohan, Susan Hampshire, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber, Elspeth March
  • Directors: Don Chaffey
  • Writers: Screenplay By Robert Westerby, Based On The Book "Thomasina" By Paul Gallico
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I55R4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,516 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Three Lives of Thomasina" on IMDb

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A beloved tabby cat becomes the catalyst for healing and hope between a young girl and her widowed father in Disney's 1964 classic, based on the enchanting fable by Paul Gallico. Set in the Scottish highlands in 1912, the story focuses on Andrew MacDhui (Patrick McGoohan) a veterinarian who, after the death of his wife, has closed his heart to goodness and empathy-- toward his animal patients and his only child. Left essentially an orphan, Mary (Karen Dotrice) finds love from her cat, Thomasina, until a tragedy injures the cat and her father orders it to be killed. A tenderhearted maiden (Susan Hampshire) finds Thomasina, detects a heartbeat, and nurses the feline back to health. Her healing powers eventually move beyond the animal kingdom into the lives of MacDhui and Mary. The stellar cast includes standout performances by Dotrice and Matthew Garber (who plays Mary's loyal chum)--better known as the duo, Jane and Michael Banks, in Mary Poppins. Best watched with kids and Kleenex. (Ages 5 and older) --Lynn Gibson

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Disney was so pleased with child actress Karen Dotrice's work in this film that he brought her over from England to play one of the leads in MARY POPPINS.

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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
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Paul Gallico's charming little story "Thomasina" is turned into an equally lovely little Disney film from 1964 directed by Don Chaffey ("Greyfriars Bobby"). Veterinarian Andrew MacDhui (Patrick McGoohan) is a widower who is raising his young daughter Mary (Karen Dotrice) in Scotland in 1912. Andrew has no empathy for the townsfolk who love their pets and when Mary's beloved cat Thomasina is injured he quickly decides the animal should be killed. Mary is distraught and Andrew simply cannot understand why the logic of the situation is not clear to the girl. Mary and her friends prepare an elaborate funeral for Thomasina, at which point Lori MacGregor (Susan Hampshire) shows up. The children think she is a witch, but in truth she lives in the woods and nurses injured animals back to health using love and common sense. Lori recognizes the cat is not dead and takes it home to help it recover, during which time Thomasina goes to Cat Heaven in a marvelously fanciful sequence. Andrew has a bad reputation with the locals because he killed his daughter's cat and they start taking their pets to Lori. Andrew finally goes to see her and is not so busy being impressed by her healing skills that he fails to fall in love with her. But then Mary sees Thomasina walking outside her house and chases after her in a driving storm and ends up catching pneumonia. The doctors hold out no hope to the frantic Andrew, and Lori tells him that only he can help Mary recover using the power of love.
Lots of Disney movies have a cold-hearted adult transformed into a human being, and "The Three Lives of Thomasina" is one of the best of this type of film, even better than "Pollyanna.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FEY SCOTTISH TALE November 30, 1999
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I remember watching this little gem on television in Concord, California around 1964! I loved this film as a child and just got my kids the video last night for a peek after some 37 (!) years. It's every bit as charming as Disney's earlier GREYFRIAR'S BOBBY (with Donald Crisp), and, thanks to a strong cast led by Patrick McGoohan and Susan Hampshire, infinitely more enjoyable! The film tells the story of a Scottish veterinarian Andrew MacDhui and daughter Mary, whose affection for a beautiful cat named Thomasina comes between them. When the cat is seriously injured, Mary's father "puts the cat to sleep" but Thomasina is disovered by Lori MacGregor, who nurses the cat back to health. Her love and understanding finally reunite father and daughter in the touching climax. Although the film wasn't a huge box-office success, it was considered one of the best foreign productions released by the Disney studio in the sixties.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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This is the story of a little girl who loses her beloved cat, Thomasina, because her widowed veteranarian father refused to treat it, seeing "pets" as easily replacable. Enter the mysterious beautiful "witch" in the glen who takes in hurt animals and nurses them back to health, trusting in God and love to do the healing her hands cannot. This movie is not only a well done, entertaining story for all ages but it teaches a very valuable lesson we'd all do well to heed. I rated the movie itself a 5 but the scale does not go high enough to rate it's message. An excellent gift for children. God bless END
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
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Paul Gallico's charming little story "Thomasina" is turned into an equally lovely little Disney film from 1964 directed by Don Chaffey ("Greyfriars Bobby"). Veterinarian Andrew MacDhui (Patrick McGoohan) is a widower who is raising his young daughter Mary (Karen Dotrice) in Scotland in 1912. Andrew has no empathy for the townsfolk who love their pets and when Mary's beloved cat Thomasina is injured he quickly decides the animal should be killed. Mary is distraught and Andrew simply cannot understand why the logic of the situation is not clear to the girl. Mary and her friends prepare an elaborate funeral for Thomasina, at which point Lori MacGregor (Susan Hampshire) shows up. The children think she is a witch, but in truth she lives in the woods and nurses injured animals back to health using love and common sense. Lori recognizes the cat is not dead and takes it home to help it recover, during which time Thomasina goes to Cat Heaven in a marvelously fanciful sequence. Andrew has a bad reputation with the locals because he killed his daughter's cat and they start taking their pets to Lori. Andrew finally goes to see her and is not so busy being impressed by her healing skills that he fails to fall in love with her. But then Mary sees Thomasina walking outside her house and chases after her in a driving storm and ends up catching pneumonia. The doctors hold out no hope to the frantic Andrew, and Lori tells him that only he can help Mary recover using the power of love.
Lots of Disney movies have a cold-hearted adult transformed into a human being, and "The Three Lives of Thomasina" is one of the best of this type of film, even better than "Pollyanna.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic family movie
This Disney production is great for the whole family...a film that actually "takes you somewhere". Our daughter usually watches this at least once a month. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Joseph J. Roach
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I wasn't sure my 5 year old son would like it. I thought it might be to girly, but he loved it. We have a cat that looks just like the cat in the movie. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Sweed
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Disney Movie.
I had purchased the book that this movie was based on. It was so good that I had to purchase the DVD to see the story again. It still made me cry as when I was a child. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Catherine Kilanowski
4.0 out of 5 stars An old favorite
I am so glad to see this in CD. I loved it as a kid, and my kids did too. A very young Sean Connery makes his debut here. The story is engaging, and so is the setting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Judy Brown Eyes
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever
It's a really cute movie and very funny. The actors and actresses are very funny and the cat is the cutest cat on here.
Published 1 month ago by Hoppers2180
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings me back!
I watched this film many times as a child, and to find it here for so cheap was amazing. I recommend this film to anyone who likes the old disney style and who likes animals. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DarthTaco
5.0 out of 5 stars Excited to have it!
When I was growing up this was one of my favorite movies. I am so excited to add it to my library. Thank you!
Published 1 month ago by Loretta Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars THE THREE LIVES OF THOMASINA
I JUST LOVE ANIMAL STORIES. THIS ONE FROM WALT DISNEY STUDIOS IS JUST FANTASTIC, THE CHILDREN ARE JUST VERY GOOD ACTORS, SO IS THE WITCH THAT TURNS OUT NOT TO BE WITCH AND MARRYING... Read more
Published 1 month ago by david s t saucedo David T. Saucedo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Three Lives of Thomasina
The Three Lives of Thomasina the DVD
Just as I remembered it . Thankyou Will do business with you again!!
Published 1 month ago by Heather Ranger
1.0 out of 5 stars No sound
I was disappointed in this purchase. There is no sound and it is impossible to watch. Must be careful when buying the older movies.
Published 1 month ago by Jami Peterson
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