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The Dogwalker (2002)

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The L.A. dog walking scene provides a colorful backdrop for the story of Ellie Moore, damaged goods on the run from her latest abusive boyfriend and on the verge of transformation. She's ... See full summary »


Jacques Thelemaque
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Credited cast:
Diane Gaidry ... Ellie
Pamela Gordon ... Betsy
Lyn Vaus Lyn Vaus ... Walter
Lisa Jane Persky ... Allison
Alan Gelfant Alan Gelfant ... Glen
John Nielsen ... Dave
Kerry Bishop ... Amanda Singer
Alan Desatti ... (as Alan De Satti)
Linda L. Miller ... Angry Woman
Willow Atkinson Willow Atkinson ... Hooker
Warren Davis ... Amazed Dog Owner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Cato John Cato
David Diaan ... Angry Client
Jerry Rapp ... Hiker


The L.A. dog walking scene provides a colorful backdrop for the story of Ellie Moore, damaged goods on the run from her latest abusive boyfriend and on the verge of transformation. She's helped along in that process by Betsy Wright, a misanthropic dog-walker in need of help with her business and struggling with her own dark past. The odd relationship between the cranky dog-walker and her unstable new apprentice proves the catalyst for the emotional journey Ellie must undertake. In Betsy, she finds a dark mirror of herself - a lonely, angry, complex woman whose own troubled past proves disturbingly close to her own. And in the dogs, she finds lost pieces of herself as she fumbles with the leash to her own life - struggling to hold on as it pulls her toward a brighter future before her past catches up with her. Written by Anonymous

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A New Leash On Life





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Release Date:

3 March 2002 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$425,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,726, 15 September 2002

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Don't Understand rating system, but film deserves the best
25 August 2006 | by joejacked1See all my reviews

I looked at the ratings system and don't understand what kind of secret formula IMDb uses that works to the detriment of this film. Based on how people have rated it, it should be a much higher score.

I say this because I just saw the film and thought it was amazing! Saw it at a benefit screening in Santa Monica. I've never used IMDb before and the filmmaker, who was at the screening, asked us to post something here if we liked the film. So, I am. But also read the other comments/ratings.

Anyway, I also read a bad review in the L.A. Times that was totally hostile and completely at odds with what I, and my fellow audience members, saw. Everyone I talked to loved the film and felt it was rich, complex and deeply affecting. The review was shallow and pointless. Ignore it - and others like it - and see this film for yourself. If you do hate it, too, don't be afraid to say so here. But I'm betting most of you will feel just the opposite. I did, anyway.

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