In the tradition of Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009), this is the story of a legendary, lovable red dog who roamed the outback looking for his original master, finding his way into the hearts of everyone he meets, bringing people and communities together, some who find love, and others who find themselves. Based on true events. Written by
Last film role for Bill Hunter. The Cup (2011) was released later although the scenes featuring Hunter had been filmed years earlier. See more »
Much of the action takes place in the pub, but nobody is smoking. All pubs, especially in mining towns, would have been blue with smoke haze in those days. See more »
[to Red Dog]
You stay, boy. You stay here. You're home now.
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The Red Dog film has been inspired by events, which may or may not have happened, but have become Pilbara Outback folklore. All the human characters in this film are invented, fictitious and imaginary. See more »
Tom (Luke Ford) arrives at a remote bar to find a bunch of men trying to euthanize a dog. They can't and Jack Collins (Noah Taylor) recounts the story of the dog. In 1971, Jack picks up the dog in the middle of the road. His bad-smelling farts force them to put the dog in the open trailer. By the time they arrive in the mining town of Dampier, the dog is covered with red dust gaining the name Red Dog. He has no owner and hitches rides by simply sitting in the middle of the road. He is more a member of the community of brash miners. New bus driver John Grant (Josh Lucas) is intrigued and becomes his friend. New secretary Nancy Grey (Rachael Taylor) pushes her way to sit in his seat on the bus. John and Nancy become a couple. When John dies riding his bike, Red Dog travels the world looking for his friend.
This is one of those doggy movies. It could have been better to fully embrace the genre. It certainly has some wacky comedy fun. I care a lot less about Josh Lucas. The movie should follow only Red Dog and his various adventures. Jack keeps going back to the animal hospital and that sequence is pretty fun. Red Dog looking for John is really touching. This movie should be Benji with some dirtier jokes. I also don't like starting the movie in the future with the euthanasia. It's an awkward attempt at a joke and that happens a few times in this movie.
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