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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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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$2,148,212, 26 September 1999
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Nicholas Cogez: Aloise, come on. Your mother's been looking for you.
Young Aloise: Coming Papa.
Nicholas Cogez: [upong seeing Aloise] Look at you! Who's been painting your face, love?
Young Nello: Good evening, Master Cogez.
Nicholas Cogez: William. Nello. Say buh-bye William
Young Aloise: Buh bye, William
Nicholas Cogez: Say buh bye Nello.
Young Aloise: Buh bye, Nello.
Nicholas Cogez: Buh bye.
Young Nello: Bye Aloise!
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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 Boy of Flanders (1924) See more »

Soundtracks

If I Could
EMI Blackwood Music, Sony & Warner Chappell (as Warner Chapel)
Lyrics by Ron Miller
Music by Kenny Hirsch & Marti Sharron
Produced & Arranged Stu Goldberg
Performed by Elizabeth Lauren
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I've loved it since I was 10...
8 August 2005 | by Criswell75See all my reviews

I remember when I saw "A Dog of Flanders" at the age of 10. I was enchanted by the movie, and inspired by it, especially since I was highly interested in art. Sure, it has some clichés, and the film seems a bit amateur, but it's a nice welcome from some of these movies being churned out by Hollywood. It's a movie the family can watch, although, younger children most likely won't be entertained by it... it is a purely emotion-driven movie, not one with endless car chases and explosions. For a school report, I took "A Dog of Flanders" and put it into context with "the hero's journey" which the movie is... a humble hero's journey (look it up, and you'll see what I mean.) But most of all, it is the timeless tale of love and forgiveness, which is a lesson we must all learn, particularly in the world climate we live in today. I invite you to watch and hopefully enjoy. I know I did.


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