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Fluke (1995)

PG | | Drama, Family, Fantasy | 2 June 1995 (USA)
After a man dies in a car crash, he is reincarnated as a dog and attempts to reconnect with his family.

Director:

Carlo Carlei

Writers:

James Herbert (novel), Carlo Carlei (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Rumbo (voice)
Matthew Modine ... Thomas P. Johnson / Voice of Fluke
Nancy Travis ... Carol Johnson
Eric Stoltz ... Jeff Newman
Max Pomeranc ... Brian Johnson
Ron Perlman ... Sylvester
Jon Polito ... Boss
Bill Cobbs ... Bert
Collin Wilcox Paxton ... Bella
Federico Pacifici ... Prof. Santini
Clarinda Ross Clarinda Ross ... Jane, Tom's Secretary
Adrian Roberts ... Night Guard
Bart Hansard ... Day Guard
Deborah Hobart ... Dogpound Vet
Libby Whittemore ... Libby, the Housekeeper
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Storyline

After a man dies in a car crash, he is reincarnated as a dog and attempts to reconnect with his family.

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Follow him home. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kutyavilág See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,435,709, 4 June 1995

Gross USA:

$3,987,768

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,987,768
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS-Stereo | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The acting dog named Buddy (1988-1998) starred as Fluke, uncredited, was best known as Air Bud. See more »

Goofs

When the wife is in the bathroom after her shower and Fluke is looking at the ring on the table, she puts the ring on, then looks at Fluke. The ring is still on the table in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Rumbo: [as he's dying] I never really missed being a two legger... but the sea... I wish I could smell the sea again.
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Connections

Edited into Doggiewoggiez! Poochiewoochiez! (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

The Pink Panther Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Henry Mancini
Performed by Henry Mancini
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Got Much More Than I Bargained For
24 November 2004 | by blizshadow1See all my reviews

To someone picking up this little flick without bothering to go into it a bit more, you are probably expecting some Disney-like movie (Just look at the box cover) and the premise even suggest it: A man is reincarnated as a dog and goes on a search to find his family. Boy, was I surprised. Not only is the dog trying to find his family, he's out for revenge against the man who put him in the situation in the first place. Full of mature themes and gripping moments, this is one of those rare movies that will definitely make you think and- as stated by everyone else here- shed a few tears.

We follow Fluke from puppyhood to adulthood as he starts trying desperately to find out who he once was. After putting 2 and 2 together, Fluke does indeed set out on a journey to find his wife and son, much to the dismay of his ill-fated friend Rumbo, a dog who was also human. When Fluke finds them, he's living the good life- that is, until his crooked business partner comes in and crashes the party. Fluke is determined to make sure he won't do any harm to his family as he did to him. But is Fluke going by truth, or what he wants to believe?...

The main thing about this movie that hit me at first was the music. The beautiful orchestra soundtrack accompanied this film perfectly. There were a few times I watched the credits simply to hear the music. And of course, what's good music without good filmography to go with it? This movie has that too. Some of the most bright, natural filming can be seen with the dog as he braves mountains and rivers on his long journey, or during the more peaceful moments as he plays with his family out in the sunshine. All in all, the filming and soundtrack itself is definitely a step up from a few of the more well-known animal movies, like Homeward Bound for instance.

The story itself is very unpredictable, another thing I was not expecting from a movie such as this. Fluke's acts and visions will keep you watching to find out the real story behind his past. But while he's fending away his partner, he's trying to convince his family that he's more than just some old dog. Many of these scenes had me stop the movie just to pull myself together, such as when he did his "fatherly" duties of tucking his son in and laying on his side of the bed during the night.

Acting in the movie ranges from good to alright. It's not the best acting in the world, but the humans weren't the ones I paid attention to and even then, the dogs still had the best lines and voicing, despite the fact that they talked only for a short while. The little boy had to be the most irritating of all though, especially in scenes when he was distressed in any way. I also feel the lab scene could have been executed a bit better. That scene seemed to pass by too quickly or just put in the middle of the movie with no purpose, but it did help explain a major event, so I can't complain.

In conclusion: Fluke is a timeless gem and a very impressive attempt at a family drama from such an unknown director. The filmography, score, and plot itself made this movie one of best animal-oriented movies of the last century. Only the acting from the humans and a few of the sometimes out-of-place scenes hurt the movie just a tad, but not enough to stop me from giving this underrated movie the recommendation it truly deserves.


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