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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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Kevin DiCicco (character "Air Bud"), Paul Tamasy | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Jeter ... Norm Snively
Kevin Zegers ... Josh Framm
Wendy Makkena ... Jackie Framm
Bill Cobbs ... Arthur Chaney
Eric Christmas ... Judge Cranfield
Jay Brazeau ... Referee 1
Nicola Cavendish Nicola Cavendish ... Principal Pepper
Brendan Fletcher ... Larry Willingham
Norman Browning Norman Browning ... Buck Willingham
Stephen E. Miller ... Coach Barker
Shayn Solberg Shayn Solberg ... Tom
Chris Turner Chris Turner ... Greg
Christine Kennedy Christine Kennedy ... Melissa
Frank C. Turner ... Bailiff
Marion Dodd 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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The dog is in the house. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Disney's Air Bud See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Josh's Dad and Jackie's late husband's name is Andy Framm (seen for just a split-second at 0:39:20 on a cardboard box containing basketball cards). See more »

Goofs

The happy face that Josh draws on Bud's cardboard doghouse changes appearance right after he finishes drawing it. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Chaney: [after Larry scores an unassisted field-goal, alone] Larry, out!
Larry Willingham: What are you taking me out for?
Buck Willingham: What the hell do you think you are doin'?
Arthur Chaney: Time, ref!
[referee then blew whistle, for time-out]
Buck Willingham: Why are you takin' my kid out for?
Arthur Chaney: 'Cause he's playin' like he's a one-man team.
Buck Willingham: This boy *is* the team!
Arthur Chaney: Maybe, he is to a worked-up father, but to me, he's a player who's got a whole lot to learn. Now, kindly to take your seat, Mr. Willingham, and let me get back to coaching my team.
Buck Willingham: [angrily] Come on, Larry...
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Ray Liotta/The Donnas (2003) See more »

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Clair
Written and Performed by Gilbert O'Sullivan
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Even the parents will like it
28 September 2003 | by TransformerSee all my reviews

Since most kids' movies are horrible, parents dread having to sit through them alongside their children. But this is harmless, feel-good fun that even a parent can stomach. It's a tad unbelievable, and some stunts are all too convenient, but so what? We can all suspend a certain amount of disbelief and enjoy a movie, right?


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