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Where the Red Fern Grows (1974)

G | | Drama, Family | 21 June 1974 (USA)
Where the Red Fern Grows is the heartwarming and adventurous tale for all ages about a young boy and his quest for his own red-bone hound hunting dogs.



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Carl Brown
Roger Pancake ...


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Grandpa's store in the 1974 movie "Where the Red Fern Grows" is located west of Keys, OK in an area known as Qualls. It is a privately owned reservation only/restaurant serving home cooked meals called Jincy's Kitchen, as of 2017. The building still maintains the old general store theme and the wagon seen in the movie is still there, as well. See more »


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Followed by Where the Red Fern Grows: Part Two (1992) See more »


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~ Where The Red Fern Grows ~ 1974
1 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

Hello Everyone, I watched the original movie at a Saturday matinée, when I was 12 years old.

I also, just recently watched my very 1st. movie on Netflix and it was "Where The Red Fern Grows".

I can not tell you, how many times, that I have watched this movie, over the last 42 years. This is how much I love this movie.

The remake can not compare too the original movie. It left a life long impression on my heart and soul.

There is not much more that I can say, that has not been said, over the years in other reviews, of this endearing, heart-warming movie.

I may have one special advantage, over anyone else, I have had a 42 year old love affair with this movie.

It was made in 1974 and for the time, I think it was well-made and they did their very best, too tug at your heart-strings.

The only other movie or show, that would ever come close or even tie, is the show "The Waltons".

I have also watched this show, since day one and also their original "Homecoming" movie.

The original "Where The Red Fern Grows" and "The Waltons", have family values and morals and faith, that nothing is impossible, if you work hard and just believe.

After watching this movie, as a young child, I became so much more of an animal lover. I will forever have the deepest respect and admiration for this movie.

I very much look forward too the 50th. anniversary of "Where The Red Fern Grows". I will certainly buy the DVD.

It would really be nice to have a special screening of the movie in our local theaters. It would be lovely to see it on the big screen, all over again.

I will keep my fingers crossed, that it will happen. I just know it would make so many die-hard fans very happy and attract a whole new generation of admirers of this beloved movie.

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