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Air Bud (1997)

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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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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1 August 1997 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$24,629,916 (USA) (12 December 1997)
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Jackie Framm's automobile license tag is TFJ - 453, seen for a split second at 0:06:12. See more »

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During Snively's chase after Josh and Buddy, he's about to hit a Dodge Aries from the back. But the next shot, he comes in contact with it by the side. See more »

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[after Buddy got to basketball championship game. Josh and other Timberwolves hugs Buddy. Coach Chaney quickly put Buddy into the game, replacing a fouled-out Timberwolf]
Both Warrior headcoaches: Are they nuts?
Arthur Chaney: What's the matter, gentlemen? Afraid your team might get beat by a dog?
Both Warrior headcoaches: [the two Warriors coaches answer together] Put him in.
[Coach Chaney quickly and quietly laughs, slightly diabolically]
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Written by Bobby Darin and Murray the 'K' (as Jean Murray)
Produced and Performed by Jimmy Z.
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Wonderful movie

The sequels are not so great, but the original is a masterpiece. Yes, a masterpiece. It's a really touching movie about a dog that has a unique ability to play basketball (an ability that not even the humans possess) and how his and Josh's lives change after they find each other. The dog, Buddy, never once fails while playing, unlike humans (even the most talented players fail). If humans can be great sports players, Buddy is a super-player.

Buddy is such a beautiful and sweet dog (without forgetting to mention talented as well). Josh is one of the most sympathetic kids on big screen. The clown is a horrible man, though. Being someone who loves animals, I condemn the way some people treat the animals. Unfortunately, horrid people like that people exist in real life.

Like I said, this movie is beautiful and touching. In fact, this is a movie that can make me cry (and I can't say that about many movies). The combination of drama and comedy is very clever. The soundtrack is truly emotional, it fits so perfectly the mood of the movie. And the scenarios and backgrounds are gorgeous. The brilliant performance of Buddy the Dog as Buddy and the emotional performance of Kevin Zegers as Josh Framm also make this movie. Their chemistry is perfect.

To finish my review, I think that this should be on Top 250.


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