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My Dog Skip (2000)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 3 March 2000 (USA)
A shy boy grows up in 1940s Mississippi with the help of his beloved dog, Skip.

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... Dink
... Willie Morris
... Jack Morris
... Ellen Morris
Mark Beech ... Army Buddy
... Mrs. Jenkins
David Pickens ... Mr. Jenkins
Bradley Coryell ... Big Boy Wilkinson
Daylan Honeycutt ... Henjie Henick
... Spit McGee
Lucile Doan Ewing ... Aunt Maggie
Polly Craig ... Grandmother Mamie
John Stiritz ... Grandfather Percy
... Skip
... Skip
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Storyline

A shy boy is unable to make friends in Yazoo City, Mississippi in 1942, until his parents give him a terrier puppy for his ninth birthday. The dog, which he names Skip, becomes well known and loved throughout the community and enriches the life of the boy, Willie, as he grows into manhood. Based on the best-selling Mississippi memoir by the late Willie Morris. Written by Stephen Hughes

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Every family needs an optimist.

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Comedy | Drama | Family | Sport

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Rated PG for some violent content and mild language | See all certifications »

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Warner Bros.

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3 March 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi perro Skip  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,941, 16 January 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,099,640, 4 July 2000
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One of Willie's friends in the movie is named Spit McGee. This was also the name of one of Willie's cats as an adult, and his life is featured in the book "My Cat Spit McGee". See more »

Goofs

During the "opening day" baseball game, a close-up of the scoreboard shows the visiting team with 2 runs in the 3rd inning (at around 36 mins). When the scene switches to a longer view (at around 39 mins), the scoreboard shows the visiting team with only 1 run in the 3rd inning. See more »

Quotes

Willie Morris: [grabs Junior and shakes him angrily] WHAT'D YOU DO TO HIM? THAT'S MY DOG! SKIP!
Junior Smalls: [grasps Willie] I told you to keep that damn mutt out of here.
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Washington in the New
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the power of friendship
8 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

There have been many movies about a person's relationship with an animal, but "My Dog Skip" is one of the best that I have ever seen. I discovered this movie on video and it will definitely become a part of my collection.

In the 1940's, during World War II, things are rough in the USA. Willie Morris is not your average boy. He would rather read than play football with the other guys. When Willie's parents let him have a dog, it changes his whole outlook on life. He and his dog Skip have a unique friendship that becomes unmatched by anything else.

While this movie's target audience are kids half my age, it is perfect for everyone. Its story is very true to life, probably because it's based on Willie Morris' own childhood and his memoir of the same name. I had a dog that was just like Skip -- a true friend. There's nothing like a constant companion that will stick by you even when it seems that the world is against you. Even if you're not a dog fan, you shouldn't look past this movie.

The cast is excellent, especially Frankie Muniz, who's now known as Malcolm from Fox's "Malcolm in the Middle." He exudes boyhood innocence and bonds with his pet better than he does with humans. His parents, Diane Lane and Kevin Bacon, do a fine job as well. Rounding out the major cast is Luke Wilson, as Willie's changed-by-war neighbor Dink.

"My Dog Skip" is funny and heartwarming. You'll laugh and chances are you could shed some tears as well, but it's all worth it in the long run. This a movie that should not be missed by anyone, especially if you have had a special animal friend in your life.


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