Scotty Smalls moves to a new neighborhood with his mom and stepdad, and wants to learn to play baseball. The neighborhood baseball guru Rodriquez takes Smalls under his wing, and soon he's ... See full summary »
A shy boy is unable to make friends in Yazoo City, Mississippi in 1942, until his parents give him a terrier puppy for his ninth birthday. The dog, which he names Skip, becomes well known and loved throughout the community and enriches the life of the boy, Willie, as he grows into manhood. Based on the best-selling Mississippi memoir by the late Willie Morris. Written by
One of Willie's friends in the movie is named Spit McGee. This was also the name of one of Willie's cats as an adult, and his life is featured in the book "My Cat Spit McGee". See more »
In the prologue of the movie, look carefully at the German helmet on the shelf in Willie's bedroom. It is actually a modified Spanish helmet. German and Spanish helmets are the exact same shape and size but the Spanish version has extra rivets on the outer shell and a totally different liner. See more »
[grabs Junior and shakes him angrily]
WHAT'D YOU DO TO HIM? THAT'S MY DOG! SKIP!
I told you to keep that damn mutt out of here.
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I'm a 36-year-old man, and this movie made me cry big time.
Folks, this movie knocked me for a tear-jerking loop when I first saw it, and it knocked me again just now (as it aired on TNT). I had a dog exactly like Skip, and growing up, I was a lot like Willie. The movie will hit incredibly close to home for anyone who loves dogs or who had a close relationship with a dog in his or her childhood.
The movie's beginning and its ending are its best moments. In between, the movie carries along pretty well. I dare say, the last five minutes are absolutely some of the most powerful moments any dog lover may ever see in a movie.
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