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Where the Red Fern Grows (2003)

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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.

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Wilson Rawls (novel), Douglas C. Stewart (screenplay) (as Doug C. Stewart) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Ashton ... Billy Coleman
Dave Matthews ... Will Coleman
Renee Faia ... Jenny Coleman
Mac Davis ... Hod Bellington
Kris Kristofferson ... Older Billy Coleman
Ned Beatty ... Sheriff Abe McConnell
Dabney Coleman ... Grandpa
Gary Anson Gary Anson ... Bully Wendell
Orvel Baldridge Orvel Baldridge ... Mr. Pritchard
Robert Bauman Robert Bauman ... Hunter #2
Andrew Dickison Andrew Dickison ... Rainie Pritchard
Stuart Dickison Stuart Dickison ... Rubin Pritchard
Julia Downs Julia Downs ... Sarah Coleman
Tess Downs ... Alice Coleman
Kevin Gourd Kevin Gourd ... Bully Garth
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Storyline

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. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amigos de Caça See more »

Filming Locations:

Cookson Hills, Oklahoma, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert S. Telford who played the Station Master in the original 1974 movie of the same name plays the exact same character here nearly 30 years later. See more »

Goofs

When Billy picks up the pups from the train station, they are about eight weeks old, but in the montage following showing him with the pups on his trip home, in the shot with the pups frolicking in the camp the next morning, they appear to be about three months old. Then, when he gets home and shows them to his parents, they are again eight weeks old. See more »

Connections

Remake of Where the Red Fern Grows (1974) See more »

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Sweet Beulah Land
Written by Squire Parsons, Jr.
Performed by Alison Krauss
Published by Kingsmen Publishing Company (BMI)
Alison Krauss appears courtesy of Rounder Records
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stick to the book!
27 August 2017 | by donaldriccoSee all my reviews

Well, in all truth, I rented this because of Dave Matthews, because I love his music. I didn't know what to expect. And while he was OK, and this is a star filled cast, I did not like the movie. Very cheesy, very boring. And everyone looked way too clean for an old Oklahoma farm family setting. Definitely not my cup of tea.


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