Where the Red Fern Grows is the heartwarming and adventurous tale for all ages about a young boy and his quest for his own red-bone hound hunting dogs. Set in the Ozark Mountains during the Great Depression, Billy Coleman works hard and saves his earnings for 2 years to achieve his dream of buying two coonhound pups. He develops a new trust in God as he faces overwhelming challenges in adventure and tragedy roaming the river bottoms of Cherokee country with "Old Dan" and "Little Ann." The movie follows the inseparable trio as they romp relentlessly through the Ozarks, trying to tree the elusive "Ghost" raccoon. Their efforts prove victorious as they win the coveted gold cup in the annual coon-hunt contest, capture wily ghost coons and bravely fight a mountain lion. Through these adventures Billy realizes the meaning of true friendship, loyalty, integrity and heroics, in this timeless and poignant coming of age story.
Did You Know?
Filming began in the Fall of 1999 under director Lyman Dayton, but near the end of shooting the budget was exhausted. In the Summer of 2002 under director Sam Pillsbury and a new production company, additional filming took place. See more
The tree that Billy cuts down is referred to as a sycamore but the tree he is shown cutting is not a sycamore. See more
Remake of Where the Red Fern Grows
Shoulder to Shoulder
Written by Jerry Douglas
and Mark Schatz
(as Mark L. Schatz)
Performed by Jerry Douglas
Licensed from and used by permission of Sugar Hill Records, a Welk Music Group Company
(P) 1992 Sugar Hill Records, a Welk Music Group Company See more