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Air Bud (1997)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Family  -  1 August 1997 (USA)
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A young boy and a talented stray dog with an amazing basketball playing ability become instant friends. Rebounding from his father's accidental death, 12-year-old Josh Framm moves with his ... See full summary »

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A young boy and a talented stray dog with an amazing basketball playing ability become instant friends. Rebounding from his father's accidental death, 12-year-old Josh Framm moves with his family to the small town of Fernfield, Washington. The new kid in town, Josh has no friends and is too shy to try out for the school basketball team. Instead he prefers to practice alone on an abandoned court, he befriends a runaway golden retriever named Buddy. Josh is amazed when he realizes that Buddy loves basketball...that is playing basketball...and he is GOOD! Josh eventually makes the school team and Buddy is named the Team Mascot. Josh and Buddy become the stars of halftime. Buddy's half-time talent draws media attention. Unfortunately, when Buddy's mean former owner, Norm Snively, comes along with a scheme to cash in on the pup's celebrity, it looks like they are going to be separated. Written by <BReid@proedit.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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1 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Disney's Air Bud  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,878,632 (USA) (1 August 1997)

Gross:

$24,629,916 (USA) (12 December 1997)
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Trivia

Jackie Framm's automobile license tag is TFJ - 453, seen for a split second at 0:06:12. See more »

Goofs

When the referee grabs the basketball back from Buddy, it is covered in dog drool. He wipes it off with a hanky and it's still wet. In the next shot, he puts the hanky away and just as he's about to throw the basketball in the air, the dog drool has vanished and the basketball is dry. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Norm Snively: [after seeing a tear in his shirt] Oh, darn it!
[dresses Buddy; of a newspaper]
Norm Snively: Okay, mutt, show time! Okay, come here. Hold it. Hold it. Do not make me use this, Okay?
[rings doorbell; it opens]
Norm Snively: Hi, Clown and the Hound!
[entering]
Norm Snively: Ow!
[chuckling]
Norm Snively: Okay, kids, it's "Happy Slappy Time!" All right now, we'll start off with a little plate-spinnin', okay?
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Ray Liotta/The Donnas (2003) See more »

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Splish Splash
Written by Bobby Darin and Murray the 'K' (as Jean Murray)
Produced and Performed by Jimmy Z.
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undemanding fun

This movie is undemanding fun. while it's refreshing to see a film that does not rely on -or even use- computer-generated effects, the set-up is that the guy, Michael Jeter, is shown to be a baddie because of his treatment of the dog as his co-star in his crummy clown show. As an audience we must share complicity in this, as 'Buddy' performs for our entertainment, and that dog (and his two doubles) really do score those baskets. But, all political correctness aside, the movie is enjoyable enough. Underused though is the excellent Brendan Fletcher as the 'bad kid'.


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