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The Magic of Lassie (1978)

 -  Family | Drama  -  2 August 1978 (USA)
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Lassie is trying to find her way home. She will have to run all the way from Colorado to California. Her loving owner is looking for her too.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly Mitchell
Michael Sharrett ...
Chris Mitchell
The Waitress (Alice)
Gene Evans ...
Sheriff Andrews
Clovis Mitchell
Robert Lussier ...
Allan Fogerty
William Flatley ...
Truck Driver
James Reynolds ...
Officer Wilson (as James V. Reynolds)
Rayford Barnes ...
Reward Seeker
W.D. Goodman ...
Mighty Manuel
Hank Metheney ...


Lassie is trying to find her way home. She will have to run all the way from Colorado to California. Her loving owner is looking for her too.

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2 August 1978 (USA)  »

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Very heartwarming/tearjerker
15 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I LOVED this movie! I was probably 10 or 11 when I first saw this movie and I just cried and cried and cried. I didn't even have a dog when this movie came out and I was even afraid of dogs. But I even felt it when Lassie was taken away. Part of my appeal, too, was the soundtrack for this movie, which at the time, I thought was just great. I was very excited to actually recently find my favorite song from the movie (When You're Loved). And too, for some strange reason, I've always been a fan of Lane Davies and loved seeing him in this movie as well. I have told my daughter of this movie and we're planning on watching it tomorrow. I was not alive in the 50s to comment on Lassie then and Lassie now. All I know is it was a great boy/dog movie and it held my interest from beginning to end. This is definitely a family movie -- one I whole heartedly recommend. You will cheer, your children will cheer, and you will be closer for it.

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