Lassie 2006

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Product Overview

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.

Specifications

Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 203146229
UPC 796019796408
UPC 14 00796019796408
Format DVD
Release Date 11/14/2006
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Adventure
Animal Heroes
Animals
Dogs
Family (General)
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Eric Wright's classic novel about a boy and his dog is resurrected in this charming adaptation from Charles Sturridge (BRIDESHEAD REVISITED), which is a far cry from the Americanized TV show of the 1950s. Unfolding in Yorkshire, England, just before WWII, the film makes the most of its low budget and is quite successful at evoking the era. Joe (Jonathan Mason) is the only son of a poor miner, Sam (John Lynch), and his steadfast wife, Sarah (Samantha Morton, MORVERN CALLAR). Joe's story is paralleled by that of Priscilla (Hester Odgers), the poker-faced granddaughter of the ostentatiously wealthy duke (a grand Peter O'Toole). Priscilla takes a liking to Lassie when she spots the dog in the street. The duke tries to buy Lassie from her family, and when the mine is shut down, Sam has no choice but to accept his offer. Lassie's allegiance, however, is not so easily transferred, and she constantly finds ways to escape the confines of her new home, even when she is taken to Scotland. Undertaking the long journey back to Joe, Lassie makes friends--and a few enemies--along the way, including a charming Peter Dinklage as Rowlie the roving puppeteer. The photography of the English and Scottish countryside is truly breathtaking, and Lassie is eternally endearing as the symbol of freedom, loyalty, and friendship--virtues that are valued and epitomized in the film by young and old, rich and poor. This is a film in which you can always tell the bad guys because they don't like dogs.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "[A]bout as good as a LASSIE movie can be. Taking after the original 1940 novel, the film's set in pre-WWII Britain..." -- Grade: A- 09/08/2006 p.139
Box Office 3 stars out of 5 -- "Writer/director Charles Sturridge understands not only the overlying emotions but also the underlying currents of the drama....The cast is strong." 10/01/2006 42
Actors
Peter O'Toole
Samantha Morton
Cast & Crew
Adrian Johnston - Original Music By
Charles Sturridge - Director
Charles Sturridge - Writer
Francesca Barra, et. al. - Producer
Howard Atherton - Cinematographer
John Lynch - Actor
Peter Coulson, et. al. - Editor
Peter Dinklage - Actor
Peter O'Toole - Actor
Samantha Morton - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 79640
UPC 00796019796408
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 99 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Reviews
ReviewSource The Observer
Review Eric Knight is remembered, if at all, as the author of the 1940 bestseller Lassie Come Home. Now almost a piece of folklore, it's a heartwarming tale of a handsome brown-and-white collie dog sold by its impoverished owner, a Yorkshire miner, to a local aristocrat, who takes her to northern Scotland, whence she makes a heroic return journey back to her 10-year-old master Joe. It was successfully filmed by MGM in 1943, and followed by half-a-dozen sequels and a long-running TV series...The villain of the piece is the duke's dogkeeper, who's been obediently doing his master's dirty work. The hopes for a future where a more just society will prevail are forgotten, which is a pity as Eric Knight's last completed work was the script for World of Plenty, a celebrated documentary on the creation of a more equitable postwar world.
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Reviewer Philip French
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review A sweetly old-fashioned, tail-wagging charmer of a family film, Lassie bounds across the screen with sincerely heartwarming results in Charles Sturridge's faithful adaptation of Eric Knight's 1938 novel, Lassie Come Home. Backed by a fine, two-legged cast of British acting talent, the Ÿber-collie will likely move even the most hardened cynics to tears as she embarks on an epic journey to reunite with her young master.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, No Longer Produced
Quotes
Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter A heartwarming and moving adventure...
Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly About as good as a Lassie movie can be.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post Lassie is a dog movie even non-dog lovers will lap up.
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