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Three Wishes (1995)




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A widow struggles to raise her family in a 1955 suburb and finds herself getting a little help and inspiration from an unexpected source in this touching "feel good" film. The tale is told via flashback from the perspective of Tom, who is first seen as a family man, disillusioned with his suburban lifestyle. Thinking back to '55, he remembers the strange events that changed their lives. It began when his mother Jeanne, whose husband died in the Korean War, was driving through town and accidentally hit transient Jack McCloud. After the hospital put a cast upon his broken leg, the police want to jail him for vagrancy, but Jeanne will have none of that. Instead, she ignores the warnings of others and takes Jack and his dog into her home until he recovers. He is an odd man, taciturn, a little anti-social and difficult to understand. Jeanne describes him as one "not of this world." Though skeptics shake their head, she just may be right. When not caring for him, she continues taking care of Tom and his little brother Gunny, trying to start her own business, and spending time with her white-breaded beau, Phil. There is something curious about Jack though and during his brief visit, each member of the family has a wish granted. Afterward, in an emotional, miraculous climax Jack goes on his way and as Tom remembers, his faith in life is suddenly restored.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Television, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Elizabeth Anderson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 7, 2001
HBO Video


Patrick Swayze
as Jack McCloud
Joe Mazzello
as Tom Holman
Seth Mumy
as Gunny Holman
Jay O Sanders
as Coach Schramka
Michael O'Keefe
as Adult Tom Holman
John Diehl
as Leland's Dad
David Zahorsky
as Little Leland
David Hart
as Brian's Father
Bill Mumy
as Neighbor
Scott Patterson
as Scott's Father
Michael Laskin
as Sackin's Father
Simone Study
as Brian's Mother
Lauren Sinclair
as Scott's Mother
Annabelle Gurwitch
as Leland's Mother
Moira Harris
as Katherine Holman
Neal McDonough
as Policeman
Brad Parker
as Passerby
Philip Levien
as Tool and Die Coach
Vivien Straus
as Bystander
Lawrence R. Baca
as Colony Drive-In Coac...
David Anderson
as Additional Ball Play...
Colleen Camp
as Neighbor's Wife
Derek Williams
as Additional Ball Play...
Michael Wong
as Additional Ball Play...
Brandon Lacroix
as Little Magician
Alexander "Sandy" Ro...
as Hide and Seek Boy
Garette Ratliff Hens...
as Neighborhood Teenage...
Jay Gerber
as Dr. Pavlick
Tiffany Lubran
as Holman Daughter
Kathryn Lubran
as Holman Daughter
Marc Shelton
as X-ray Technician
Vivien Strauss
as Bystander
Loanne Bishop
as Bystander
John DeVoe
as Teenager on Roof
Ethan Jensen
as Teenager on Roof
Robb Turner
as Man with Rake
Rosa Caracciolo
as Betty Jane
Nathanial Dunlap
as Northridge 1994 USA ...
Todd DeLevie
as Northridge 1994 USA ...
Jonathan Higashi
as Northridge 1994 USA ...
Spencer Gordon
as Northridge 1994 USA ...
Michael Nesbit
as Northridge 1994 USA ...
Peter Tuber
as Northridge 1994 USA ...
John-Michael Baca
as Northridge 1994 USA ...
Matthew Castle
as Northridge 1994 USA ...
Scott Drake
as Northridge 1994 USA ...
Justine Gentile
as Northridge 1994 USA ...
David Teroaka
as Northridge 1994 USA ...
Gregg Wallis
as Northridge 1994 USA ...
David Anderson
as Additional Ball Play...
Joseph Mazzello
as Tom Holman
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Critic Reviews for Three Wishes

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (11)

The script is draggy and overly obvious except for a mystifying mumbo-jumble of special effects.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | November 3, 1995
Entertainment Weekly
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Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Three Wishes

I really like this movie! It was a great movie aoout dreaming and having hope. Another great performance by Joe Mazzello!


A very good tells you a life of a little boy that is asked by a stranger to make a wish, that his mother and little brother makes a wish and it comes true and he grows up wondering what he did to not get a wish and finds out that his wish was given to him by the stranger, that he would find happiness in anything that he wanted and he relizes that his greates gift was having a family..

David Turner

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