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A Dog's Purpose (2017)

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A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.



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Status: Completed | See complete list of  »
Updated: 14 October 2016
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Credited cast, sorted by IMDb STARmeter:
Dog (voice)
Carlos (credit only)
Ellen - The Boss's Wife


A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

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Every dog happens for a reason.

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Rated PG for thematic elements and some peril | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 January 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mes vies de chien  »

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2.35 : 1
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Bradley Cooper was originally slated to provide the voice of the titular dog, however he was ultimately replaced with Josh Gad. See more »

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They abused animals in the making of this movie
18 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is about how loving and dedicated dogs are yet the animals used in the film were abused. If you haven't heard the news and seen the video by now, you probably might want to look up the story. The video is of a terrified German Shepard being thrown into a pool that has rapidly moving water aka rapids. The dog tries clings to the trainer and to the side of the pool in order to keep itself from what it is clearly terrified of.

One man off camera even says, "he wants to go in!" when clearly the dog is in fear of its life. The dog is finally thrown into the water and it nearly drowns. They have to yell cut and everybody on set scrambles to save the dog after it was completely submerged.

Terrible people like this do not deserve your hard earned money. Do not take your children to see this movie unless you want to reward and encourage animal abuse.

Studios aren't legally obligated to invite the American Humane Society to sets, which means that they have to stay on the studios' good side, which often means looking the other way when abuse happens.

This is the kind of corruption that prevents stories about animal suffering and death from seeing the light of day. For more about abuse in the name of the mighty dollar please google "Animals were Harmed, Hollywood Reporter." I don't think links are allowed in reviews.

Hopefully enough people are educated about the cruelty that occurred on set and there is some accountability.

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