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Lassie (2005)

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A family in financial crisis is forced to sell Lassie, their beloved dog. Hundreds of miles away from her true family, Lassie escapes and sets out on a journey home.



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Life is hard for Yorkshire miner's son Joe Carraclough, who is beaten at school by a his teacher, his only consolation is his collie Lassie. It gets worse: when the mine is decommissioned, his father, Sam, is forced to sell the dog to the duke, who owns the local estate. The Duke's servant, Hynes, scares the dog, who keeps running back, so the Carracloughs have to keep returning her, until the Duke moves to the Scottish Highlands for the holiday season. Lassie escapes, embarking on a desperate journey home, with daunting Glasgow dogcatchers and taken in by a circus performer. It looks like a miracle is needed, by Christmas. Written by KGF Vissers

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More Than A Hero. A Legend.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild violent content and language | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

1 September 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lassie kehrt zurück  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£132,926 (United Kingdom), 18 December 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$374,879, 3 September 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$652,163, 5 October 2006
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Of all the Lassie films ever produced, this was the first one to be shot in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. See more »


The steam train has a British Railways logo on the tender, but British Railways didn't come into existence until after the war, certainly not before or during the war, the period in which the film is set. See more »


The Duke: Who invented this idiotic game?
Cilla: You did.
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Crazy Credits

There are no credits at the beginning of the film, not even the film's title. All that is seen is the logo of the production company. See more »


Version of The New Lassie (1989) See more »

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Poor family sells beloved Lassie to make ends meet.
7 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

This inspired adventure will warm your heart and provide your children with an introduction to the inequities of class-based society. Set in early 20th century England, a struggling working class family faces destitution when the local coal mine shuts down, leaving no work in town. Their young son's primary source of joy is his dog Lassie, but they can scarcely afford to feed him. When the granddaughter of nearby duke fancies Lassie, a deal is struck to exchange the dog for cash. How will Lassie respond to this form of trade? What effect will the dog have on these two families representing either extreme of peerage? Find out, and enjoy a couple of delightful subplots along the way. Meet an opportunistic upper-class "wannabe," an amiable puppeteer with a traveling sideshow, and even catch a glimpse of the era's dating scene.

Like most children's films, the performances lean toward the pedestrian, but the cast is engaging nonetheless. The cinematography is breathtaking, and the story is fully realized. Don't miss it!

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