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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly Mitchell
Michael Sharrett ...
Chris Mitchell
The Waitress (Alice)
Sheriff Andrews
Clovis Mitchell
Robert Lussier ...
Allan Fogerty
William Flatley ...
Truck Driver
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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Release Date:

2 August 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lassie, My Lassie  »

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Did You Know?


James Stewart recalled that he accepted the role of the grandfather because it was the only "family-friendly" script he had been offered. After the movie received poor reviews and flopped at the box office, he decided to semi-retire from acting. See more »


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 »


Version of Lassie (1997) See more »


When You're Loved
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Performed by Debby Boone
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The songs are wonderful, as are Jimmy Stewart and Mickey Rooney
18 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you love catchy, melodic songs (a couple of which could have been hits!), you will love this movie. The endearing performances of Jimmy Stewart and Mickey Rooney, both of whom sing, also make this a must-see for their fans.

The story and script is just OK otherwise, standard boy-and-his-dog adventure.

It's a shame that the soundtrack album has not been released on CD. I bought the LP on a whim, having not seen the film, and was struck by the high quality of the songwriting and performances. Highlights are "When You're Loved", sung by Debby Boone, which should have been a hit, "That Hometown Feeling" sung by Stewart (quite well for a non-singer), "Travelin' Music" sung by Rooney, and "Banjo Song" by the Mike Curb Congregation in one of their last recorded appearances.

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