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Writers (WGA):
Willie Morris (book)
Gail Gilchriest (screenplay)
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A shy boy grows up in 1940s Mississippi with the help of his beloved dog, Skip. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Frankie Muniz ... Willie Morris

Diane Lane ... Ellen Morris

Luke Wilson ... Dink Jenkins

Kevin Bacon ... Jack Morris
Bradley Coryell ... Big Boy Wilkinson
Daylan Honeycutt ... Henjie Henick

Cody Linley ... Spit McGee

Caitlin Wachs ... Rivers Applewhite
Peter Crombie ... Junior Smalls

Clint Howard ... Millard
Mark Beech ... Army Buddy

Susan Carol Davis ... Mrs. Jenkins
David Pickens ... Mr. Jenkins
Lucile Doan Ewing ... Aunt Maggie

Nathaniel Lee Jr. ... Sammy (as Nathaniel Lee)
Polly Craig ... Grandmother Mamie
John Stiritz ... Grandfather Percy

John M. Sullivan II ... Hunter #1 (as John Sullivan)

Elizabeth Rice ... Rivers' Friend

Nate Bynum ... Man on Street

Stacie Doublin ... Woman on Street

William Butler ... Barney (as Bill Butler)
Katherine Shoulders ... Mrs. Applewhite
Joann Blackenship ... Miss Abbott (as Joann Blankenship)

Hunter Hayes ... Accordion Boy
Cannon Smith ... Bible Boy

Courtney Brown ... Snake girl
Brian Witt ... Armpit Boy
Jerome Jerald ... Waldo Grace

Jordan Williams ... Lt. Hartman
Stuart Greenwell ... Hunter
Harry Hood ... Baseball Coach
Gordon Swaim ... Umpire
Owen Boutwell ... Spectator
Chaon Cross ... Spectator
Jim Fraiser ... Veterinarian

Graham Gordy ... Pump Jockey
Michael Berkshire ... Older Willie
Wayne Wimberly ... Older Spit
Josh Yates ... Older Henjie
James Thweatt ... Older Big Boy (as James Thweat)

Harry Connick Jr. ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Enzo the Dog ... Skip

Moose ... Old Skip
Emily D. Haley ... Towns People (uncredited)
Shayne Tingle ... Major (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jay Russell 
Writing credits
Willie Morris (book)

Gail Gilchriest (screenplay)

Produced by
Marty P. Ewing .... executive producer
John Lee Hancock .... producer
Broderick Johnson .... producer
Mark Johnson .... producer
Andrew A. Kosove .... producer
Jay Russell .... executive producer
Original Music by
William Ross 
Cinematography by
James L. Carter 
Film Editing by
Harvey Rosenstock 
Gary Winter 
Casting by
Mindy Marin 
Marshall Peck 
Production Design by
David J. Bomba 
Set Decoration by
Tracey A. Doyle 
Costume Design by
Edi Giguere 
Makeup Department
Bridget Bergman .... makeup artist: LA unit
Bryan Ewing .... period hair consultant
Whitney Goss .... assistant hair stylist
Debbie Newberry .... assistant makeup artist (as Debra Newberry)
Maria Pappas .... assistant makeup artist
K.G. Ramsey .... department head hair
Pamela Roth .... head makeup artist
Terri Ewton .... hair stylist: press tour Austin (uncredited)
Terri Ewton .... makeup artist: press tour Austin (uncredited)
Production Management
Brad Arensman .... post-production supervisor
Marty P. Ewing .... unit production manager
Sheridan Thayer .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pamela Cederquist .... second assistant director
Joan Cunningham .... first assistant director: LA
Chris Stoia .... first assistant director
Art Department
David Adams .... swing gang
John Bankson .... property master
Terry Bryant .... assistant greens
Lee Cunningham .... set decorator: Los Angeles
Diane Duncan-Corey .... lead painter
Lyn Duncan-Corey .... property maker
Paul Gore .... sign painter
Wylie Griffin .... art department coordinator
Michael Hendrick .... set dresser
Chris Kubin .... general foreman
E.J. Levron Jr. .... swing gang
Michael S. Martin .... assistant props
Mel Newman .... greensman
Jorin Ostroska .... assistant props
Jody Pitts .... set dresser
Kathleen Rosen .... assistant set decorator
Rob Simons .... draftsman
Noah Smith .... mural artist
Jack Stevens .... lead man
David Weathers .... set dresser
David A. Weinman .... construction coordinator
Lyn Williams .... propmaker
Jerry T. Harris .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Steve C. Aaron .... production sound mixer
David Bach .... dialogue editor
Jeffrey B. Barnett .... adr recordist
Jeffrey B. Barnett .... foley recordist
Bruce Bell .... adr mixer
Bruce Bell .... foley mixer
Dale Brown .... foley editor
David V. Butler .... sound editor
Scott Clements .... boom operator
Mark DeSimone .... adr engineer
Steve Evans .... boom operator (as R. Steven Evans)
Robert Fernandez .... sound mixing engineer
Robert Fernandez .... sound recording engineer
Stephen Hunter Flick .... sound designer
Alexandra Gonzales .... dialogue editor
Dana Gustafson .... foley editor
Marc Hayes .... adr recordist
William Jacobs .... sound effects editor
Ryan Juggler .... assistant sound editor
Samuel Lehmer .... sound re-recording mixer
Charles Maynes .... supervising sound editor
Sunny Meyer .... sound mixer: Los Angeles
Jon Michaels .... assistant sound editor
Ryan Murphy .... sound recordist
Stewart Nelsen .... supervising adr editor (as Stewart Nelson)
Jeffrey Perkins .... supervising re-recording mixer
Tim Rakoczy .... dialogue editor
David Schneider .... boom operator: Los Angeles
Alexander Schwartz .... foley artist
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Stephen Bourgeois .... special photographic effects
Matthew Zeringue .... special photographic effects
Jeff Habberstad .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Gordon Ard .... grip
Dana Baker .... key grip
Kent Baker .... best boy grip
Bill Brummond .... Steadicam operator
Jeanne-Louise Bulliard .... still photographer
Sal Camacho .... camera operator: "b" camera
Gilly Charbonnet .... grip
Cary Cook .... director of photography: additional photography
Cougar Easley .... electrician
Christopher Ekstrom .... grip
Lavelle Higgins .... electrician
Darryl Humber .... dolly grip
Steve Hurson .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Stephen D. Hurson)
Lonnie Kahoe .... grip
Matthew Keatley .... electrician
Vic Keatley .... electrician
Martin J. Layton .... camera operator
Jonathan Leary .... best boy grip: Los Angeles
R. Scott Lebell .... grip
Mike McLaughlin .... electrician (as Michael McLaughlin)
Derek Miller .... electrician
Sean Hunter Moe .... second assistant camera
Paul Olinde .... electrician
Mike 'Chewie' Pappas .... electrician
Willis Pipkins Jr. .... grip (as Will 'Pickle' Pipkins)
Bradley Richard .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Walter 'Bud' Scott .... grip
Michael L. Smith .... grip
Newton TerMeer .... gaffer
Paul Toomey .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles
Tom Vanesse .... video operator
Diego Velasco .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Don W. Wegner .... grip
Ron Wisnesky .... assistant chief lighting technician
David Youel .... assistant chief lighting technician: Los Angeles
Casting Department
Stephanie Corsalini .... additional casting
Xanthia Decaux .... casting assistant
Sierra French-Myerson .... casting assistant
Jennifer Madeloff .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Gardar .... set costumer
Linda Gardner .... key costumer
Gail McCullen .... costumer: Los Angeles
Ángela Núñez .... costumer
Nomi Shichor .... key costumer
Barbara Marko .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Richard Alderete .... second assistant film editor
Laura Lee Bong .... second assistant film editor
Matthew Cassel .... first assistant film editor
Sandra Grubb .... first assistant editor
Bob La Rossa .... color timer
David Lurie .... second assistant film editor
Judd H. Maslansky .... second assistant film editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Laura Weiss .... post-production assistant
Julian Lopez Jr. .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Deva Anderson .... music supervisor
Matthew Della Polla .... music scoring consultant
Vic Fraser .... music preparation
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Jim Harrison .... supervising music editor
Harry James .... musician: trumpet, "I'm Beginning to See the Light"
Milton Nelson .... orchestrator
Don Nemitz .... orchestrator
Van Dyke Parks .... composer: additional music
Delphine Robertson .... music coordinator
William Ross .... conductor
William Ross .... orchestrator
Scott Stambler .... music consultant
Bruce White .... viola
Sherry Whitfield .... music editor
Johnny Caruso .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
William Henry Bell .... driver
Dennis Bolton .... driver
Andy Boyd .... driver
Walter Chaney .... driver
Jerry Drake .... driver
Joshua Hancock .... picture vehicle coordinator
Brian Kay .... driver
Josie Kay .... driver
Andrew McMillin .... driver
Dennis Milliken .... transportation coordinator
David Nance .... driver
J.B. Nance .... driver
Justin Nance .... driver
Ralph W. Page .... driver
Willie D. Partin .... driver (as Willie David Parton)
Hall Prewitt .... driver
Sam Seccomb .... driver
Lee Stepp .... driver
Marshall Taylor .... transportation captain
Other crew
David Adams .... consultant
Berkeley Akers Bagwell .... studio teacher
Barbara Blough .... deer wrangler
John Blough .... deer wrangler
Scott Boecker .... assistant: Mr. Hancock
Robert Boldt .... chef
Kate Bourne .... stand-in
Luddie Quinn Cain .... production assistant
Matthew Campbell .... production assistant
Candy Carstensen .... post-production payroll
Will Cauthen .... consultant
Cheryl Chavez .... set medic: Los Angeles
Erica Cohen .... unit publicist
Jennifer Corey .... production coordinator
Kira Davis .... production executive
Matilda de Cagny .... animal trainer
Salvador R. DeAnda .... assistant chef
Heather I. Denton .... set production assistant
André Devantier .... caterer
Jonathan Dickson .... consultant
Cheryl Donaldson .... assistant: Mark Johnson
Chris Ann Downes .... assistant accountant
James L. Fant .... craft service
Jay Floyd .... clearance administrator
Alicia Goldstein .... unit publicist
Nikki Gordon .... production assistant
Marci Graber .... post-production accountant
Henley Green .... assistant production coordinator
William Shane Grisco .... animal trainer
Derek Guiley .... assistant: Mr. Kosove and Mr. B. Johnson
Brian Hilburn .... assistant location manager
Jeff Honeycutt .... stand-in
Brent Johnston .... stand-in
Angela Kent .... assistant accountant
Alexis Kosove .... consultant
Robert Labrecque .... production accountant
Ryan Lucas .... production assistant
Drew Malone .... consultant
Lance Mancuso .... set medic: Los Angeles
Kelly G. McCann .... production secretary
Erick M. Medina .... production insurance
Anna Mewbourne .... location manager (as Anna M. Elias)
Susan Mieras .... assistant: Mr. Bacon
Tim Monich .... dialect consultant
Christi Moore-Brantley .... production controller
John Nisbet .... set production assistant
Henry Lee Oscar Jr. .... production assistant
Stacey M. Overstreet .... production assistant
David E. Parker .... stand-in
Justin Parrott .... production assistant
Chris Peusch .... consultant
Kenner Purvis .... consultant
Mitch Ray .... set medic
Mitchell Ray .... dialect consultant: Ms. Lane
David Rings .... consultant
Robin Robertson .... location manager
Ray Rosamond .... consultant
Kris Rosamont .... consultant
Karel Ruffin .... assistant: Mr. Russell
Ben Shoval .... production assistant
Judi Townsend .... script supervisor
Matthew Wann .... production assistant
Kevin White .... product placement
R.L. Williams .... set production assistant
Josh Yates .... production assistant
Matthew Della Polla .... synthesizer programmer (uncredited)
Jerry Lousteau .... animal wrangler (uncredited)
Sid Davis .... thanks
Ward Ewing .... thanks
Joanne Gordon .... thanks
Willie Morris .... in memory of
Isis Mussenden .... thanks
Joanne Pritchard .... thanks
Eleanor Ramsey .... thanks

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Rated PG for some violent content and mild language
95 min
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Did You Know?

Six Jack Russell terriers, including Moose and Enzo the Dog, played Skip.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Dink:You bawling like a big baby 'cause you lost that ball game?
Willie Morris:What do you know about it? You didn't come you big liar. Leave me alone.
Dink:That's how it is, isn't it? You're a hero today, and then you're a goat tomorrow. Now I didn't come because games don't mean nothing to me anymore.
Willie Morris:It's not the game. It's Skip. He's gone for good.
Dink:For good? Now how do you know that? You some kind of fortune teller?
Willie Morris:I got mad at him and I hit him. And he ran away. Just like you ran away. Skip was never afraid of nothing.
Dink:You think I don't know what folks are saying? That old Dink's a coward? Huh? Well I know. And you know what? They're right. I got scared. And I ran. You think it was 'cause I was afraid of dying? Because I wished I was dead plenty of times.
Willie Morris:Then what was it?
Dink:It ain't the dying that scary, boy. It's the killing. Now look, that dog ain't lost. You just need to know where to find him. There's gotta be at least one place around here that you hadn't thought of to look at, right?
[Willy runs off to find Skip]
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30 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
A gentle, heartfelt and emotional picture. *** out of ****., 24 March 2000
Author: Blake French ( from Michigan, USA

MY DOG SKIP / (2000) *** Starring: Frankie Muniz, Kevin Bacon, Luke Wilson, and Diane Lane Directed by Jay Russell. Written by Gail Gilchriest, based on the book by Willie Morris. Running time: 95 minutes. Rated PG (for brief violence and mild language).

"My Dog Skip" is an emotionally effective and challengingly involving piece of cinema. The film, directed by Jay Russell, based on a writing by Willie Morris, works well because it proves two theories: 1) The war affected not only the soldiers in battle, but also normal families in minor but critical methods, and 2) Childhood can be best remembered by our fond memories with the family's dog. These elements present the audience with an accurate and knowledgeable atmosphere with memorable characters and issues.

The movie is set in the summer of 1942. The story explores a family of three, Jack, Ellen, and Willie Morris. Jack (Kevin Bacon) is the heartbroken father who lost his leg in war years ago. Ellen (Diane Lane) is the simple minded housewife doing more manual labors than women usually complete. Willie (TV's Frankie Muniz) is their lonely son-maybe ten years of age. He has no local friends, is poor at sports and teased at school. His best acquaintance is in his mid twenties, a mechanic named Dink (Luke Wilson), who is called for battle not too long into the picture, leaving Willie all alone.

Ellen decides to go against father's orders and purchase Willie a faithful companion of his own for his birthday: a puppy. Although Jack firmly opposes this gift, his wife convinces him Willie is old enough to take care of a dog. Willie names his new friend Skip, who drinks out of the toilet, does not obey commands, and seemingly understands human emotions.

"My Dog Skip" wisely uses the war as a mood developing overtone; a background event that provokes confusion in Willie and gradually changes the lives of those around him. The time period is ideal for such a film to take place. The filmmakers produce a lifelike atmosphere that perfectly defines what living in the 1940's was like.

The film features beautiful and captivating performances by everyone in the cast. Frankie Muniz, from Fox's "Malcolm in the Middle" on TV, is very effective and well cast. He creates the appropriate narrative connection the film depends upon. Kevin Bacon is broad yet poignant, with a bold mood of a father in the 40's. Luke Wilson is also successful here, making his dynamic character obvious throughout. Diane Lane does not have enough screen time to explore any real material, but creates rich character chemistry with Bacon.

The movie could investigate the Luke Wilson character more thoroughly. About half way into the story, "My Dog Skip" nearly drops this seemingly important character only to later bring him back to supply the plot with several crucial sequences. Skip's intelligence appears to altered in various scenes throughout the production. In one scene, the dog will presumably understand human emotion and restore motivation. In others he cannot accomplish simple tricks and drinks out of the family toilet. This animal, although very significant character, needs to be more consistent and less exaggerated.

Most of the film's dialogue is right on the money; smart and fitting. It is not too straightforward or excessively blunt, but gentle and thematic. Most of "My Dog Skip" is gentle-hearted, however, and provides the lovable atmosphere that starving audiences are searching for, along with high quality and entertaining situations, in family based movies. If this description fits you, regardless of age, this is the movie you are looking for.

"My Dog Skip" is brought to you by Warner Bros.

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