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The Nine Lives of Christmas

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The Nine Lives of Christmas
Directed byMark Jean
Produced byTed Bauman
Written byNancy Silvers
Based ona book by Sheila Roberts
StarringBrandon Routh
Kimberley Sustad
Chelsea Hobbs
Music byLawrence Shragge
CinematographyThomas M. Harting
Edited byJames Ilecic
Hallmark Channel
Release date
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited States

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The Nine Lives of Christmas is a 2014 American Christmas romance family film and Hallmark Channel original movie written by Nancy Silvers and based on a book by Shiela Roberts. The film is directed by Mark Jean and stars Brandon Routh, Kimberley Sustad, and Chelsea Hobbs.


Fireman Zachary Stone enjoys living alone, but when a stray ginger tabby cat named Ambrose shows up at his door and starts making himself at home, Zachary slowly starts to see that a little companionship might not be so bad after all. His commitment to solitude, as well as his commitment to unpleasant model girlfriend Blair, are then challenged when he meets Marilee, an animal lover and veterinary student who teaches him how to care for his new feline roommate. Blair, however, pressures Zachary to get rid of Ambrose and also has Marilee fired from her job at a pet supply store that her father owns. With the help of fire chief Sam, Zachary begins to understand the importance of having someone special with whom to share the approaching Christmas holidays, and perhaps it's not Blair who he is meant to be with.


  • Brandon Routh as Zachary Stone
  • Kimberley Sustad as Marilee White
  • Stephanie Bennett as Jaclyn
  • Chelsea Hobbs as Blair
  • Sean Tyson as Ray
  • Dalias Blake as Mark
  • Gregory Harrison as Fire Chief Sam
  • Alison Araya as Lucy


Although set in Portland, Oregon, filming took place in Fort Langley, British Columbia, Canada.[1]


In its original airing on the Hallmark Channel, The Nine Lives of Christmas was watched by 3.36 million viewers.[2]


Oliver Buckley at Ready Steady Cut recommended the film, saying he really enjoyed this film a lot more than he thought he would, having a lot of elements that he likes (cats, Christmas, former Superman).[3] Jerrica Tisdale at Cinemablend also gave a positive review saying she though Routh and Kimberly Sustad to be an instantly likable duo, and the film showed a lot of compassion and love for pets.[4] Kaly Soto, a deputy editor of The New York Times described The Nine Lives of Christmas as "especially worth watching...Two cat owners fall for each other. It sounds lame, but I promise, it's not."[5] David Rap at Kirkus Reviews called the film one of Hallmark's true classics, with a screenplay written by veteran TV-movie writer Nancey Silvers (the daughter of classic comedian Phil Silvers), which offered a masterclass in how to write a book adaptation by not only fixing numerous flaws, but also adding invaluable improvements.[6]


In an interview, Kimberley Sustad claimed that Brandon Routh often gets fan questions about "the cat movie" at comic-book conventions,[7] and that a sequel was deep in development and hopefully will be coming to people soon.[8]


  1. Kerry (July 26, 2018). "The Nine Lives of Christmas" I've Scene It On Hallmark. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  2. Listings 8 November 2014 tvtango.com. Retrieved January 4, 2021.
  3. Buckley, Oliver (November 28, 2017). "Review: The Nine Lives of Christmas". Ready Steady Cut. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  4. Tisdale, Jerrica (December 12, 2019). "The Nine Lives Of Christmas (2014)". Cinemablend. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  5. Soto, Kaly (December 4, 2018). "A Hallmark Christmas Fan Watches Netflix's Holiday Movies (Published 2018)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  6. Rap, David (December 5, 2019). "Screener: The Nine Lives of Christmas". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved January 20, 2021.
  7. "Nine Lives of Christmas Sequel Film in Works". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved January 16, 2021.
  8. "Kimberley Sustad Talks Inclusivity in Wedding Every Weekend and Filming During a Pandemic". tvgoodness.com. Retrieved January 16, 2021.

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