Poor, but happy, young Nello and his grandfather live alone, delivering milk as a livelihood, in the outskirts of Antwerp, a city in Flanders (the Flemish or Dutch-speaking part of modern-day Belgium). They discover a beaten dog (a Bouvier, a large sturdy dog native to Flanders) and adopt it and nurse it back to health, naming it Patrasche, the middle name of Nello's mother Mary, who died when Nello was very young. Nello's mother was a talented artist, and like his mother, he delights in drawing, and his friend Aloise is his model and greatest fan and supporter.
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It's not where you come from. It's where you're going.
Motion Picture Rating
Rated PG for one scene of mild violence, mild language and thematic elements
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27 August 1999 (USA)
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Also Known As:
A Força de Um Sonho
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Opening Weekend USA: $807,873,
29 August 1999
Gross USA: $2,165,637
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $2,165,637
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
Jack Warden replaced Jason Robards, Jr. See more
Just before we see the traveling circus camp, Eloise's hair has braids in it. They disappear after she gets up and makes her way to the camp. See more
Aloise, come on. Your mother's been looking for you.
[upong seeing Aloise
Look at you! Who's been painting your face, love?
Good evening, Master Cogez.
William. Nello. Say buh-bye William
Buh bye, William
Say buh bye Nello.
Buh bye, Nello.
Two versions of the film exist: one with a main title sequence, set upon a aerial view of forests and valleys, after the first scene and another with the opening credits inserted into the first scene. See more
Version of A Boy of Flanders
If I Could
EMI Blackwood Music, Sony & Warner Chappell (as Warner Chapel)
Lyrics by Ronald Miller
(as Ron Miller)
Music by Ken Hirsch
and Marti Sharron
Produced & Arranged Stu Goldberg
Performed by Elizabeth Lauren See more