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Air Bud (1997)

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A young boy and a talented stray dog with an amazing basketball playing ability become instant friends. Rebounding from his father's accidental death, 12-year-old Josh Framm moves with his ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Norm Snively
... Josh Framm
... Jackie Framm
... Arthur Chaney
... Judge Cranfield
... Referee 1
Nicola Cavendish ... Principal Pepper
... Larry Willingham
Norman Browning ... Buck Willingham
... Coach Barker
Shayn Solberg ... Tom
Chris Turner ... Greg
Christine Kennedy ... Melissa
... Bailiff
Marion Dodd ... Reporter (as Marian Dodd)
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Storyline

A young boy and a talented stray dog with an amazing basketball playing ability become instant friends. Rebounding from his father's accidental death, 12-year-old Josh Framm moves with his family to the small town of Fernfield, Washington. The new kid in town, Josh has no friends and is too shy to try out for the school basketball team. Instead he prefers to practice alone on an abandoned court, he befriends a runaway golden retriever named Buddy. Josh is amazed when he realizes that Buddy loves basketball...that is playing basketball...and he is GOOD! Josh eventually makes the school team and Buddy is named the Team Mascot. Josh and Buddy become the stars of halftime. Buddy's half-time talent draws media attention. Unfortunately, when Buddy's mean former owner, Norm Snively, comes along with a scheme to cash in on the pup's celebrity, it looks like they are going to be separated. Written by <BReid@proedit.com>

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He Sits. He Stays. He Shoots. He Scores. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Disney's Air Bud  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,720,516, 3 August 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,629,916, 12 December 1997
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jackie Framm's automobile license tag is TFJ - 453, seen for a split second at 0:06:12. See more »

Goofs

When Josh sadly sets Buddy free in the forest, he is wearing a black baseball cap, but earlier when Josh saves Buddy from Snively and during the chase, he has no hat on. See more »

Quotes

Josh Framm: It's the gavel, sir.
Judge Cranfield: What? Speak up!
[Dog Barking. Judge Cranfield bangs his Gavel in order in the court. Dog barking]
Judge Cranfield: Bailiff!
Bailiff: You said speak.
[Dog barking]
Judge Cranfield: Speak!
[Dog barking]
Judge Cranfield: Will somebody please suppress that dog?
[Observers laughing]
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Soundtracks

O Holy Night
Music by Adolphe Adam (uncredited)
Lyricist: English lyrics by John Sullivan Dwight (uncredited)
Performed by St. John's Episcopal Choir
Donald Pearson, Conductor
Courtesy of Delos International
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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A dog plays basketball, tough not to like
23 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

I loved this movie when I was a kid, and even back then I had little idea why. I mean, it wasn't like I thought it was particularly funny or touching or anything like that. I guess I just really liked the basic premise, because you have to admit the central idea is pretty weird and nutty. How stoned do you have to get before you come up with a dog that plays basketball? How would that even remotely work? I'm really putting too much thought in this movie I guess, but it's just so bizarre that I've always found it very entertaining. I've learned the sequels actually stretch the premise even further and involve dogs that can play soccer, baseball and volleyball, but this one will always be the one and only original "dog does weird athletic stuff it can't possibly do"-flick.


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