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The Magic of Lassie (1978)

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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Jamison
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Kelly Mitchell
Michael Sharrett ...
Chris Mitchell
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The Waitress (Alice)
Gene Evans ...
Sheriff Andrews
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Clovis Mitchell
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Apollo
Robert Lussier ...
Finch
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Allan Fogerty
William Flatley ...
Truck Driver
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Officer Wilson (as James V. Reynolds)
Rayford Barnes ...
Reward Seeker
W.D. Goodman ...
Mighty Manuel
Hank Metheney ...
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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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Drama | Family | Musical

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2 August 1978 (USA)  »

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Lassie, My Lassie  »

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Trivia

This was James Stewart's final live action film before his death on July 2, 1997 at the age of 89. See more »

Goofs

Jamison takes Lassie to his estate in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she escapes. You see her running, chased by a helicopter, and she finally goes over what looks like a cliff. In the next scene she gets up and limps away, but suddenly she is in Zion National Park, which is in Utah. See more »

Connections

Version of Lassie's Great Adventure (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Banjo Song
Performed by The Mike Curb Congregation
Written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
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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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