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Writers (WGA):
Willie Morris (book)
Gail Gilchriest (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 March 2000 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Every family needs an optimist.
Plot:
A shy boy grows up in 1940s Mississippi with the help of his beloved dog, Skip. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Heart-warming, sentimental, and unabashedly honest (true) story that a great many of us can relate to See more (144 total) »

Cast

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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
(WGA)
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
 
Stunts
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
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)
 
Thanks
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
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95 min
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Director Jay Russell wanted a smooth haired fox terrier to play Skip, the same breed as the original Skip, but he wasn't able to find trained ones. Early in preproduction, he used a dog with no acting experience for a shoot of second unit type footage and quickly found difficulty in doing even basic things, like keeping the dog in the frame. He concluded they needed dogs trained in acting, so similar looking Jack Russell terriers were used (at 07:00 in the director's commentary).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the "opening day" baseball game, a close-up of the scoreboard shows the visiting team with 2 runs in the 3rd inning (at around 36 mins). When the scene switches to a longer view (at around 39 mins), the scoreboard shows the visiting team with only 1 run in the 3rd inning.See more »
Quotes:
Spit McGee:One night, a boy about our age, looked through her window and what he saw, chilled him right to the bone. He saw her murder two men with her bare hands. The boy ran and told the cops, and they got up a posse and chased that witch right into Miller's swamp. Before they could catch her, she got stuck in quicksand.
[spits]
Spit McGee:And slowly as she sank in the quicksand, she swore two thing: First, one day she'd rise up from her grave and burn down the whole town! And the other thing she swore was, she'd find that boy who ratted on her and drag him down to hell!
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Heart-warming, sentimental, and unabashedly honest (true) story that a great many of us can relate to, 3 December 2010
Author: TheUnknown837-1 from United States

I've seen "My Dog Skip" twice in my life and those two viewings are separated by an entire decade. The first time I saw it was in the spring of 2000, a little less than a year after I had gotten my dog. Seeing that movie as an eight-year-old really moved me and developed an extreme appreciation for the friend that I had and still have in Copper, that little, spunky tail-wagger. By the end of the movie, I was in tears. Now, having seen the movie again for the first time in ten years, my reaction was the same. Yes, there are a handful of movies that can succeed in bringing tears to my eyes. "Schindler's List" and "Vertigo" are two of them. "My Dog Skip" is another.

This picture could be considered the "Old Yeller" of contemporary times. It's sweet, it's simplistic, its sentimental, and its honest. The true story of Willie Morris, who grew up in the 1940s as a painfully shy boy whose best friend was the local baseball hero who lived next door. When his friend was drafted into World War II, Willie was alone in the world until his mother went against his father's wishes and bought him a terrier for his birthday. That moment was the turning point in Willie Morris's life.

The movie "My Dog Skip" is a beautiful dramatization of an entirely involving story. I don't know if the touch about the moonshiners has any factual basis (or for that matter, if anybody in the audience can identify with that) but every element about the boy and his dog is absolutely heart-breaking. Now I am a sucker for movies like this, but I don't think you have to be a sentimental as me to get involved here. As Richard Roeper so eloquently put it on Ebert & Roeper, "only a heartless curmudgeon - the type of person who would kick a puppy" could not be moved by this. The movie tackles all the important elements of the relationship between a boy and his dog: loyalty, responsibility, love, etc. But it also crosses over into subjects that are seldom explored. Darker moments like what happens when the boy has a few other friends but happy go-lucky Skip really wants to play fetch? It also touches realistically upon (and I can back this up from personal experience) the pains of being alone and tormented by others and how having just one friend - just one friend - can change everything.

What I also adored about the movie was the way the supporting roles were handled. Kevin Bacon and Diane Lane are not only in fine form as the boy's parents, but they are given very naturalistic and humanlike characters to play. The father's initial reluctance to allowing his boy to take on the responsibility of pet - and having some of his fears come true - was a great touch, but the movie does not make the foolish mistake of over-blowing it to the point where we'd dislike the father. We see his concerns and his wise outlook on the world, and watch him as he sort of softens up along the way. And his mother is completely open to any solution that can help their kid along. These are two people who deeply love each other and deeply love their child and want to see the best for him.

Maybe the subplot with the obligatory puppy-kicking curmudgeons (this time moonshiners working in a cemetery) has some factual basis (I've never read Willie Morris's autobiography, so I can't be sure) but it was the least interesting and most mechanical element in the movie and it seemed, until a crucial point, to sort of stop the picture. However, since it is so minor and so dismissible until a certain point, it does not really interfere in the enjoyment of the movie. And again, I must be honest that by the end of the picture (now an adult) I was balling like a little boy. And, still an adult, as soon as it was done, I got out of bed, walked over into the next room where Copper was sleeping and hugged him passionately. The poor dog. He was probably wondering why he had been woken up at one in the morning after several hours of peaceful slumber, but it was sort of necessary at the time.

That's what makes movies like "My Dog Skip" so great. It's not one of those pictures that essentially gets down on its knees and begs you to like it and to be moved. You really have no choice but to be moved. Not unless you never owned a dog or a pet of any kind. Seeing the movie again for the first time in ten years reassured my respect for my own dog and thankfulness that having him as a loyal friend changed the course of my life.

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