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Where the Red Fern Grows (1974)

G | | Drama, Family | 21 June 1974 (USA)
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Where the Red Fern Grows is the heartwarming and adventurous tale for all ages about a young boy and his quest for his own red-bone hound hunting dogs.

Director:

Norman Tokar

Writers:

Wilson Rawls (based on the novel "Where The Red Fern Grows" as written and told by), Douglas C. Stewart (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Whitmore ... Grandpa
Beverly Garland ... Mother
Jack Ging ... Father
Lonny Chapman ... Sheriff
Stewart Petersen ... Billy
Jill Clark Jill Clark ... Alice
Jeanna Wilson Jeanna Wilson ... Sara
Bill Thurman ... Sam Bellington
Bill Dunbar Bill Dunbar ... Ben Kyle
Rex Corley Rex Corley ... Rubin Pritchard
John Lindsey John Lindsey ... Rainie Pritchard
Garland McKinney Garland McKinney ... Mr. Pritchard
Robert S. Telford Robert S. Telford ... Station Master (as Robert Telford)
Charles Seat Charles Seat ... Carl Brown
Roger Pancake Roger Pancake ... Shopkeeper
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Where the Red Fern Grows is the heartwarming and adventurous tale for all ages about a young boy and his quest for his own red-bone hound hunting dogs. Set in the Ozark Mountains during the Great Depression, Billy Coleman works hard and saves his earnings for 2 years to achieve his dream of buying two coonhound pups. He develops a new trust in God as he faces overwhelming challenges in adventure and tragedy roaming the river bottoms of Cherokee country with "Old Dan" and "Little Ann." The movie follows the inseparable trio as they romp relentlessly through the Ozarks, trying to tree the elusive "Ghost" raccoon. Their efforts prove victorious as they win the coveted gold cup in the annual coon-hunt contest, capture wily ghost coons and bravely fight a mountain lion. Through these adventures Billy realizes the meaning of true friendship, loyalty, integrity and heroics, in this timeless and poignant coming of age story. Written by Anonymous

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boy | fern | dog | hunting | fight | See All (40) »

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Genres:

Drama | Family

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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ahol a vörös páfrány az égig ér See more »

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Doty-Dayton Production See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The barn and cabin featured in the film were washed away in the historic flooding in 2015 on the Illinois River in Oklahoma. See more »

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Right near the end, when the family is looking at the red fern, a boom microphone is clearly visible at the top of the screen. See more »

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Referenced in The Big C: Taking the Plunge (2010) See more »

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Gone Away
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Written by The Osmonds
Sung by Andy Williams
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haters are my motivators
11 April 2012 | by baredneckSee all my reviews

I take issue with the one negative review on this site. Some people might just be mad that they did not have a great life like that young boy...

This film showed a young boy taking responsibility in life to earn something instead of expecting it to be handed to him. That's something that many grown-ups today don't even do. As a high school student who watches a lot of movies, I haven't seen many films that show a kid working hard for what he's got and being happy with what he has. These values are missing today and this is movie is a refreshing change from what I'm used to seeing. It is a great movie!


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