Shiloh (1996)

PG  |   |  Drama, Family  |  25 April 1997 (USA)
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Marty Preston, a small-town Southern boy, must rescue a young beagle from abusive owner and recluse Judd Travers.



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Credited cast:
Mrs. Wallace
Doc Wallace
J. Madison Wright ...
Louise Preston
Shira Roth ...
Tori Wright ...
Montrose Hagins ...
Mrs. McCallister
Amzie Strickland ...
Mrs. Young
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frannie The Dog ...


An abused beagle runs away from his owner. On the road, he meets young Marty Preston and follows him home. The boy immediately forms a bond with the dog and names him Shiloh. His stern father won't let him keep the dog because it belongs to Judd Travers, a local hunter. After Shiloh is mistreated again, he runs away and returns to Marty. Knowing his father will once again make him bring Shiloh back to Judd, he makes a home for the dog in an old shed up the hill from the Prestons' house and hides him from his family. His secret is soon discovered when a stray attacks the dog one night and he must turn to his father for help. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <>

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The story of a boy who risks everything to save his best friend.


Drama | Family

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Rated PG for mild violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Csavargó kutya  »

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Opening Weekend:

$115,710 (USA) (25 April 1997)


$1,002,175 (USA) (11 July 1997)

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When Marty's mom asks him to change his dirty shirt, he gives his mom the dirty one and takes the clean one twice in successive shots. See more »


Marty Preston: But, Doc, you don't know what I've been through.
Doc Wallace: You feel like the whole world's against you, huh? See that picture up there? That's Sam's parents. There's Eddie the father, Claira the mother, and that little ittie bittie thing, that's Sam.
Marty Preston: [Looking at the picture] I never seen a picture of them.
Doc Wallace: Claira was my princess.
Marty Preston: [Turns back to Doc, listening carefully]
Doc Wallace: We were babysitting Sam the uh night of the accident. And I'll never forget Social Services.
[Takes off his glasses]
Doc Wallace: Oh, yes, they jumped ...
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Crazy Credits

The beautiful Beagle who played 'Shiloh' , was listed in the credits as "Frannie the Dog". Turns out 'Shiloh' was a she. Either way , she did a great "acting" job. See more »


Followed by Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season (1999) See more »


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Too many Clichés
11 June 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Everything about this film is clichéd. From the one dimensional nuclear conservative family values to the animal rights message, this movie reeks of something that is 50 years past it's best viewed by date.

From the characters to the plots, this film puts me in mind of a long Leave it to Beaver episode with a little more edge.

But it's cliché after cliché after cliché... simply horrible. Even my 5 year old didn't like it.

Acting, especially Blake Heron, was great, but the cast was let down by the plastic screenplay.

I would have liked to have seen a little more subtlety, let the viewers discover things instead of just throwing so many clichéd images and lines of dialog at them. Kids are smarter than some give them credit for. Let them discover gravity by watching an apple fall, not by smacking them on the head with an anvil.

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