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Lassie (2005)

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A family in financial crisis is forced to sell Lassie, their beloved dog. Hundreds of miles away from her true family, Lassie escapes and sets out on a journey home.

Director:

Charles Sturridge

Writers:

Eric Knight (novel), Charles Sturridge
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... The Duke
Samantha Morton ... Sarah Carraclough
John Lynch ... Sam Carraclough
Peter Dinklage ... Rowlie
Gerry O'Brien ... Watson
Steve Pemberton ... Hynes
Eamonn Hunt Eamonn Hunt ... Alf Patterson
Edward Fox ... Hulton
Jim Roche Jim Roche ... Miner
John Standing ... French
Gregor Fisher ... Mapes
Jonathan Mason ... Joe Carraclough
Brian Pettifer ... O'Donnell
Paul Meade Paul Meade ... Policeman
Jamie Lee Jamie Lee ... Tom
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Storyline

Life is hard for Yorkshire miner's son Joe Carraclough (Jonathan Mason), who is beaten at school by a his teacher, his only consolation is his collie Lassie. It gets worse: when the mine is decommissioned, his father, Sam (John Lynch), is forced to sell the dog to The Duke (Peter O'Toole), who owns the local estate. The Duke's servant, Hynes (Steve Pemberton), scares the dog, who keeps running back, so the Carracloughs have to keep returning her, until the Duke moves to the Scottish Highlands for the holiday season. Lassie escapes, embarking on a desperate journey home, with daunting Glasgow dogcatchers and taken in by a circus performer. It looks like a miracle is needed, by Christmas. Written by KGF Vissers

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More Than A Hero. A Legend.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild violent content and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | France | Ireland | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lassie kehrt zurück See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$254,420, 3 September 2006

Gross USA:

$652,163

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,442,854
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Of all the Lassie movies produced, this was the first one to be shot in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. See more »

Goofs

The steam train has a British Railways logo on the tender, but British Railways didn't come into existence until after the war, certainly not before or during the war, the period in which the film is set. See more »

Quotes

The Duke: Are you contradicting me?
Cilla: Yes, grandpa.
The Duke: You dare say yes, you impertinent little scallywag?
Cilla: If I said no, that would be another contradiction, wouldn't it?
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Crazy Credits

There are no credits at the beginning of the film, not even the film's title. All that is seen is the logo of the production company. See more »

Connections

Version of Lassie Come Home (1943) See more »

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Intelligent, well made, brilliantly cast family feature
13 May 2017 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Intelligent, well made family feature from the original novel, bearing little resemblance to the now campy-seeming US TV series.

Beautifully shot, well scored, and featuring a first-rate adult cast (Peter O'Toole, Samantha Morton, John Lynch, Peter Dinkage) along with some very endearing child actors, this manages to be sweet without being saccharine, sentimental without being cloying.

It even has a nice layer of social commentary about the English class system – the story involves the beloved pet being bought away from a near-starving family who can't afford to say 'no' when a lord offers them cash for their son's faithful companion.

I appreciated that Lassie is treated as a real dog, and not some kind of super-mutt. A great, wonderful dog to be sure, but her behaviors all stay within the realm of real-life dog abilities.

A very good film for kids and tweens, and a not at all bad one for grown ups who might watch with them. While it might not have quite the deep emotional power and/or wild humor of the truly classic family films, it's certainly well crafted and worth watching.


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