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You probably don't think you need to see another remake of Lassie, but you do. Charles Sturridge's (Brideshead Revisited) film was criminally neglected in theaters but should gain a lofty status on home video as did remakes of The Secret Garden, A Little Princess and Sturridge's own FairyTale: A True Story. It's a simple story of a dog who loves a boy so much she'll cross a country to reunite with him. Yes, you might need your handkerchief. No, not that much. Mom Sarah (Samantha Morton), dad Sam (John Lynch) and their son Joe (an adorable Jonathan Mason) live in an English coal town shortly before the Second World War. To put food on the table, Lassie is sold to The Duke of Rudling (Peter O'Toole, in fine form) for his granddaughter, Cilla (Hester Odgers). Soon the Duke and Lassie retire to Scotland, some 500 miles away, but neither distance, status, an angry kennel man, nor bumbling dog catchers will keep Lassie from Joe. Along the roads and hills of England (with Ireland scenery subbing in), Lassie touches many folks including a lovelorn lady (Kelly MacDonald), a scientist (Edward Fox), and most notably, a traveling performer (Peter Dinklage). Sturridge's deft touch allows the film to breathe with a great sense of physical comedy for the kids that never descends into pure shenanigans. There is just enough heart-tugging to go along with the scenic adventure. The cast is uniformly strong, with fine work from O'Toole, Morton, and Dinklage. Throw in beautiful scenery, cute dogs, Adrian Johnson's dramatic score, a cameo from the Loch Ness monster(!), and you have a winner; our pick for the best family film on DVD in 2006. Ages 5 and up. --Doug Thomas
Description Based on Eric Knight's 1938 novel about a trusty pooch, "Lassie Come-Home," the film is set on the eve of WWII in a Yorkshire mining town. The Carraclough family is forced to sell Lassie to the Duke of Rudling when the family falls on hard times. When Lassie finds herself transported five hundred miles away to live in the Duke's remote castle in northern Scotland, she is determined to defy the odds and return to her home and the boy she loves. So begins an incredible adventure, set against a stunning series of British landscapes that sees Lassie facing dangers natural and human and finding help in unexpected places as she makes her way across the country, to reach home in time for Christmas.
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Actors: John Lynch, Samantha Morton, Peter O'Toole, Peter Dinklage, Gerry O'Brien
Directors: Charles Sturridge
Writers: Charles Sturridge, Eric Knight
Producers: Charles Sturridge, Andrew Lowe, Doug Schwalbe, Ed Guiney, Eric Ellenbogen
Format: Color, DVD, Widescreen, NTSC
Region Code: 1 (USA & Canada Only)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Classic Media
Running Time: 99.00 minutes
Record Label Classic Media
Format Color / DVD / Widescreen / NTSC
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.52" Width: 5.34" Height: 0.56" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher EMI- CMG DISTRIBUTION #36
ISBN 6019797376 ISBN13 0796019797375 UPC 796019797375
Availability 0 units.
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Good Dog ! Nov 30, 1999
Living in a small Yorkshire town on the eve of the Second World War ,the Carraclough parents (John Lynch and Samantha Morton)are forced by the impending loss of the father's livelihood caused by the closure of the coal mine upon which the local economy depends to sell their beloved family dog Lassie to the local landowner the Duke of Ruding(Peter O'Toole).He buys it as a gift for his beloved niece Cilla (Hester Odgers)who is missing her father ,now enlisted in the Army and fighting in France .This is against the wishes of both the dog and the Carracloughs small son Joe (Jonathan Mason).The dog escapes several times after suffering abuse at the hands of the kennelman Hynes (Steve Pemberton)and returns home ,until the Duke removes the dog and Cilla to his family estates in Scotland Cilla who realises where Lassie's true affections lie helps the dog escape and Lassie sets out to travel the 500 miles back home .She has many adventures en route -an encounter with two monster watchers on Loch Ness (delightful cameos fron John Standing and Edward Fox),a Glaswegian dog catcher (Gregor Fisher)and a judge (Robert Hardy)a travelling puppeteer (Peter Dinklage on fine form)and two ne'er do wells (Nicholas Lyndhurst and Celyn Jones)whose plans for the dog are not exactly humane .Can she make it back home -and remain there ?
Charles Sturridge directs with a strong feeling for both the story and the landscape.The sense of period is strong and the moral backbone of the movie is firm .The score is traditional with lots of sweeping strings and tugging at the heartstrings.In short it is old school children's film making and can be enjoyed by all the family .It never resorts to cheap sentimentality and never patronises its audience .
The acting is spot on by all concerned O'Toole being specially good and the dog is delightful.It is a pity that this lovely little movie got swamped at the box office by giant apes ,cuddly penguins and talking lions
"Lassie" Nov 30, 1999
Dear this site: The movie "Lassie" was a very nice family film in a beautiful setting of England and Scotland. The scenery was very beautiful and a nice story that will be very satisfying for dog lovers, and Lassie movie followers. A movie for young and old, pure entertainment in a very nice tasteful manner. Mario Concord, CA.
Some heavy panting Nov 30, 1999
Sometimes I'm in the mood for a film with a beautiful star that includes some heavy panting, a stand-in nipple, and a psycho-sexual subplot. Well all of this is evident in Lassie, a masterful throwback to an earlier clichéd format: boy loves dog, dog loves boy, but only an implied and heart warming zoophilia). It's just a darn good movie. The panting is the dog's, and the octo-nippled heroine is really a cross dressing star, but you won't know that unless you watch the special features. One thing is for sure, you will be rooting for Lassie to escape from one scene to the next. Will Lassie really get home? I won't say, but if you like good acting (the child actors are so good), beautiful scenery (from the highlands of Scotland to the Isle of Mann), and snow at Christmas, you are bound to enjoy this film. The only thing that would have made this better would have if it had been produced in Bollywood and brightly colored saris had been added to a dance sequence. Spoiler alert--a great movie!
Lassie, Go Fetch The Original Story! Go, girl! Nov 30, 1999
One of the books that made me fall in love with reading is the original story, Lassie Come Home, written by Eric Knight in 1940. I still have my old, "dog-eared" copy. I was so looking forward to watching this highly praised modern adaptation, only to be disappointed.
One of the problems today with making a movie "for kids" is dumbing down the story and throwing in evil and comic elements. After all, kids love simple, funny stories pitting good against evil, right? In so doing, Lassie's long journey back home is given short shrift, no doubt because kids might get bored. There are sadistic characters in this film that are absent in the book. There is the cruel and unnecessary killing of a dog. And if it is possible to judge, I would say that the dog playing the role of Lassie can't act her way out of a paper bag; Lassie's happy and sad faces were virtually indistinguishable.
Do yourself and your kids a favor and read the book instead. If your kids are too young to read the original novel, there is a wonderful picture book version by Rosemary Wells and Susan Jeffers.
A maginficent journey Nov 30, 1999
This is a movie I just rented and viewed with my 7 year old son and 15 year old daughter. All of us sat and snuggled as we laughed, cried, and appreciated this movie. May I just say that it was simply a refreshing slice of authentic beauty? Every aspect of this film was thoroughly and artfully rendered into a moving tale.
Given the skeletal premise of the plot - a boy misses his loyal dog who travel great lengths to return home - the intelligence behind the creation is astounding.
If you are looking for simple entertainment for your child to watch and escape the realities of this life, do not count on this story to provide that. On the other hand, if you are looking for a story to inspire your child while providing a reasonable array of emotions, this one is for you! There is an undercurrent of struggle, ranging from mistreatment of animals and children to realities of war and poverty. ( I would not recommend the stroy for the very young ) However, the power of love to overcome these challenges is thematically shown through beauty, joy, perseverence, and serendipity. Congratulations to the director, actors, and production staff.
Do not be decieved by the simple cover. The movie is much more profound.