Where The Red Fern Grows

  • 1974
  • Movie
  • G
  • Adventure, Children's

A boy-and-his-dog story (actually, two dogs) is given the sappiest treatment this side of "The Waltons," as a poor Oklahoma lad, his pets, and his family struggle to get by on a 1930s farm. Competently made but highly contrived so as to evoke as many "aw's" as possible in an hour and a half, this movie is only for the extremely naive.

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“Where the Red Fern Grows” is, quite simply, a wonderful story for all ages and for all time. A boy’s yearning for two Redbone Hound dogs, which his parents can’t afford during the desolate times of the Depression in the Ozarks, is the setting for this truly triumphant film. Billy’s grandfather (James Whitmore) promises the lad that God will meet him halfway if he believes in himself and his beloved dogs. Billy faces adventure, suspense, tragedy and ultimately, a love and loyalty of family and friendship to realize his dream. The outcome makes for the kind of heartwarming story the great family films are all about.

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  • Released: 1974
  • Rating: G
  • Review: A boy-and-his-dog story (actually, two dogs) is given the sappiest treatment this side of "The Waltons," as a poor Oklahoma lad, his pets, and his family struggle to get by on a 1930s farm. Competently made but highly contrived so as to evoke as many "aw's… (more)

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