In the dramatic accident in which Fluke is thrown through the windshield of the car, the scene was shot in cuts. The interior shots were done in a camera car which is mounted on a trailer. The actor never had control of the car. The camera car driver controlled all the movement which allowed the actor the freedom to react and neither endanger himself nor the animal. The dog was placed in the back seat by the trainer and the trainer at all times was either in the back with the dog, on the floor in front, or outside on the trailer giving the dog verbal and visual commands. When the dog growls he is reacting to his own image in a mirror. When he attacked the arm of the actor, it was really trained play behavior and a response to the trainer's verbal commands. The dog that is seen being hurled into the air amidst broken glass is an animatronic dog. When we see Fluke limping afterwards, the dog is responding to his trainer's commands. He had been trained for this behavior in pre-production See more »
In the uncut version when Fluke pees on the animal shelter employee you can see the tube between Fluke's legs where the liquid is coming out. See more »
Just a truly fine film. Made me cry, and I rarely cry on seeing a movie. I intend to get a copy of it. Few movies have touched me as much. Daily, we are exposed to ever more sex and violence in the media, but the accent found here is love. And forgiveness. And, of course, racial harmony. If it "exploited" our ability to care for others and to respect life, so much the better. This is a movie for people of all ages. The animal wranglers did an outstanding job, ditto the actors. Have not seen the dog who played Fluke before; wonder if he is still in the acting business.Would be glad to see more films of similar ilk, but I have not run across many like this.
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