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Toby McTeague (1986)

PG | | Action, Drama | 1 March 1986 (USA)
Toby is a teenager who doesn't care much about school. In fact, he has his eyes on the title of a prestigious dog-sleigh race. He will have to undergo extensive training in order to win it.

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Toby
Winston Rekert ...
Tom McTeague
Andrew Bednarski ...
Sam McTeague
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Sara
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Edison Crowe
Liliane Clune ...
Jenny Lessard
Evan Adams ...
Jacob
George Clutesi ...
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Mike Lynn
Tom Rack ...
Faulkner
Anthony Levinson ...
Peter
Mark Kulik ...
Ben
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Parker
Doug Price ...
Annonceur
Ian Finlay ...
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Toby is a teenager who doesn't care much about school. In fact, he has his eyes on the title of a prestigious dog-sleigh race. He will have to undergo extensive training in order to win it. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Fantasies in Your Eyes
Written by 'Peter Pringle' and Kevin Hunter
Performed by 'Peter Pringle'
Courtesy of A&M Records Canada Ltd
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This is why Canadian-based films should not be watched.
24 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is very easy to watch this movie and hate it simply because of how dated it is. There are many haircuts which look as if they've been ripped off from David Bowie, a computer program Toby uses to design his sled looks like an early MS Paint, and the music sounds like some guy just bought a synthesizer for the first time and thought it'd be a really good idea to use it for the entire soundtrack.

To hate it for only these reasons would be silly, though, because there are much more legitimate reasons to hate this move.

First, the acting needed a lot of work. Particularly Toby's little brother who just got very annoying. Although, I credit that little kid for delivering his cheesy lines with a straight face; lines that mostly consisted of terrible insults such as "You're a turkey!" Which brings me to my second complaint, the dialog was abominable. When a competitor is talking to Toby before a race, for example, he tries to psych Toby out by delivering the forceful one-liner "I heard your dogs are ugly, but man, those dogs are ugly!" In addition, the plot is dull and predictable, and the characters are stereotypical (except for the "wise" Native American, Chief Wild Dog, who just seemed to be insane).

The only highlight comes when the camera pans on a childish painting of an almost alien-looking woman, who turns out to be their dead mother, and afterward Toby's little brother explains how Toby is very artistic but he couldn't get this painting "quite right." Sadly, I don't think this was supposed to be a joke.


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