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This movie was a very good adaptation of the book, and this coming from someone who is very critical. I have, like most, read the book many times, which I think makes it harder to like any film adaptation. However, the movie follows the book very well, omitting small things that really didn't have a lot to do with the plot-line. I would say the movie had a little more of a religious slant than the book did. The acting was nice. I would say the major criticism would be they didn't really get into the dog's personalities much. The book did a great job of showing Dan as a clutz with a big heart and Ann as the smart one. However, I would recommend this and it was a million times better than the original movie adaptation.
The problem with this movie is the pacing. I was, perhaps foolishly,
anticipating something grand when I rented the DVD, since I love the
book and quite liked the original 1974 film. I had been told that the
2003 remake was accurate to Wilson Rawls' novel. Strictly speaking,
this is true, but therein lies it's downfall.
Movies adapted from books often have to have sections removed or characters cut because, unlike films, no book is designed to be enjoyed in a single sitting. In this movie the acting is beyond hurried as people race through their lines, desperate to include every utterance of the novel in less than two hours. The results are dismal. The only time I've seen worse butchery of a good novel was the atrocious movie version of "The Hotel New Hampshire" by John Irving.
If you love the book, read the book; or maybe get nostalgic and rent the original. Don't rent this version unless you just need something, anything, to sit some kids in front of for an afternoon while you balance your checkbook.
After watching this movie I only have one question: why did they make
Seriously, this movie is identical to the 1974 version, and its not as if its challenging movie as far as effects go so there wasn't even the excuse of remaking because the technology had improved.
Also The actor who played the main character was just awful, and Dave Mathews.... What was he doing in this movie?
Definitely left me shaking my head. It amazes me that films that are this useless can still get the green light. I think of how many people had to read this script before it was filmed and say "yeah that sounds like a great movie, we have a lot to add on the 1974 version" its almost comical... I give it 1 out of 10.
Where the Red Fern grows is a heart warming movie, this movie reminds me of my childhood. I miss the days when i ran wild and free and kept in touch with nature, i didn't need a cell phone, TV or internet to be entertained. Billy had a innocent up bringing he is persistent and a hard worker. The Coleman family were respectful and had good morals. Billy got a pair of dogs which he loved and also teaching him responsibility, he spent most of his time with his dogs hunting racoon's, keeping him busy and out of trouble. This movie taught me material things don't always make u happy and also to be grateful for my family and for the things I have
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I read the book when I was in the fifth grade and I am in my third year
of college now. I remember the book as if I just read it yesterday
because I loved it so much, I am a huge fan of dogs. Now, I just
finally found the movie and just finished watching it just five minutes
ago. I am currently crying my eyes out because I too lost my dogs and
it just breaks my heart to see two beautiful Red Coon Dogs go when
their owner loved them so much. Just as much as I loved my dog,
Great movie, very accurate to the book. Not line by line, but the story all together, the details... Dave Matthews is the father, I knew I recognized him from somewhere...
But it's amazing, to all those who disagree, I will never understand you.
I had the privilege of being at the World Premiere of "Where The Red
Fern Grows" May 3, 2003 at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. I have
worked for three years to help bring the film out of the financial
that has kept it from being finished and released. There were many others
who dedicated so much of their time doing the same thing, one of which was
not fortunate enough to make the credits, Julie Davis. We owe her great
gratitude. There were so many who did all they could to see the film come
to fruition. All believed in this film and the final product speaks for
Joseph Ashton, who played the lead role Billy Coleman, did a fantastic job. I spoke with him at the premiere and, not only is he a great actor, but he is an extremely nice young man. Joseph definitely has a great future in the film business. Also the rest of the cast gave great performances. Dave Mathews was perfect in his role and showed that he too has a great future as an actor in the film biz if he so desires. A damned good job for the first time out.
Lyman Dayton, who was the producer on the 1974 version of "The Red Fern" was the beginning director/producer/screenplay writer of the new version. He was with it when it fell into financial troubles and tried constantly to save the film. I presented the film to a fine producer/businessman Bob Yari, and after a couple of years of various negotiations, he brought in Crusader Entertainment(who had tried to make a deal before) and the film was brought out of financial problems and made ready to finish. Sam Pillsbury, a well respected director, was brought in to finish "The Red Fern". Sam did a fantastic job finishing the film and taking it to the silver screen. The extraordinary contribution of these two great directors, that led to the finished product, can be seen and felt throughout the film.
At the premiere, everyone was struck by the emotions, humor, suspense, and the heart felt feelings experienced from this film. And at the end I will guarantee you that there was not a dry eye in the audience. Yes, "Where The Red Fern Grows" will finally be on the big screen, and is destined to be a Classic Family Film for many years to come. I am extremely proud to have the credit as one of the executive producers.
Wayne Mooneyhan Executive Producer
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this is a great movie but when old Dan died and then little Anne died
why did they move they should have stayed in the Ozark mountains where
the dogs were. When they died i cried and cried. If you are reading
this and have not seen the movie yet i have something to tell you. Get
a box of Kleenex's right beside you and believe me it is a really sad
movie. I have watched this movie a lot of times and every time i still
cry i even cry when i think about it because i have three dogs my self
and one of them is a hound. When he grew up he should have gone back to
the Ozark mountains to see there grave. This movie really is a heart
warming movie so make sure you have that box of Kleenex's by you
because you will need them.
NOTE:Listen to every word they say and make sure you look at how cute Little Anne and Big Dan.
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This is my favorite movie. It is well done and especially well put
together. Since I have a dog, I can personally empathize with dogs
dying. The part with Beatty and Mathews in it was great!! Dave Mathews
should make more movies - He's very underrated (as an actor)! There
were three or four parts to this movie that I thought were as good if
not better than any movie I have ever seen. They should make a
novelization of this movie - it has all of the elements of a good book
for children of all ages. This movie blew my pants off. One of my
friends started watching this movie with a hat on and ended the movie
without a hat on!
The best part of this movie though was the ending. When the movie ended, I cried.
4 out of 5 stars
To start, I am a huge Red Fern fan. I have the first one on DVD and video and also have read the book several times. I am from Tahlequah, OK where the movies were filmed and so it does strike a home chord for me. I finally purchased the remake today and I must say that I am so disappointed. Usually remakes kind of mix things up a little bit to make it a little more interesting than the first . . . this is exactly like the first, almost word for word and the acting leaves you wondering where they come up with these people at. Dave Matthews should stick with his singing gig and the boy that played Billy Coleman was awful. Also the movie was very unrealistic. I have been coon hunting several times and you let the dogs do the hunting and just wait until they bark treed. This poor kid is running all over the woods right behind the coon. UNREALISTIC. Also, I love how it is pouring down rain and they are fogging up dust. Poor special effects! Dust doesn't fog up in the rain! This movie was a good waste of $21 and also a good waste of Tahlequah's money since most of the bills were left unpaid here by the production crew! BAD MOVIE!
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