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A Dog of Flanders (1999)

PG | | Family, Drama | 27 August 1999 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Kevin Brodie

Writers:

Ouida (story), Kevin Brodie (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Warden ... Jehan
Jeremy James Kissner ... Nello
Jesse James ... Young Nello
Jon Voight ... Michel
Cheryl Ladd ... Anna
Bruce McGill ... William
Steven Hartley ... Cogez
Andrew Bicknell ... Stephens
Farren Monet ... Aloise
Antje de Boeck ... Millie
Madylin Sweeten ... Young Aloise (as Madyline Sweeten)
Deborah Pollitt Deborah Pollitt ... Mary Daas (as Deborah Pollit)
James Garde ... Steerns
Dirk Lavryssen Dirk Lavryssen ... Peter Paul Rubens (as Dirk Lavrysen)
Michel Vanderlinden Michel Vanderlinden ... Peddler
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Storyline

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. Written by Martin Lewison <mlewison@utk.edu>

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Taglines:

It's not where you come from. It's where you're going.

Genres:

Family | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for one scene of mild violence, mild language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Força de Um Sonho See more »

Filming Locations:

Bokrijk, Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$807,873, 29 August 1999

Gross USA:

$2,165,637

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,165,637
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Cheryl Ladd's ex-husband, David Ladd, played the part of Nello in a previous film adaptation of A Dog of Flanders (1960). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Anna Cogez: Nicholas, what are you going to do?
Nicholas Cogez: I'm going to find Nello. I've done that boy a terrible wrong, Anna.
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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Version of A Dog of Flanders (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

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
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Great remake!

An appreciation for fine art, virtue, and relationships marks this family film set in Europe when Flanders was still Flanders before it was swallowed up by France and Belgium. But parents should be aware that this 95-minute video also features a good dollop of death, beginning with the demise of the hero's mother at the very beginning when he is just a baby. Raised by his impoverished grandfather (Jack Warden), Nello (Jeremy James Kissner) nevertheless finds happiness in the dog he finds left for dead, a neighbor girl who becomes his soul mate, and the talent for drawing he inherits from his mother. He even becomes the protégé of the town's premier painter (Jon Voight). But life holds many bitter lessons for Nello, including the death of his grandfather when he is a teen, betrayal by those he trusts, and his own near-death. Gorgeously shot on location by director and co-writer Kevin Brodie, this movie has many rewards, including, finally, a happy ending. For mature 7-year-olds and up.


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