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Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

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A college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.

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Lasse Hallström

Writers:

Stephen P. Lindsey (screenplay), Kaneto Shindô (motion picture "Hachiko monogatari")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Parker Wilson
Joan Allen ... Cate Wilson
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Ken
Sarah Roemer ... Andy
Jason Alexander ... Carl
Erick Avari ... Jasjeet
Davenia McFadden Davenia McFadden ... Mary Anne
Robbie Sublett ... Michael (as Robbie Collier Sublett)
Kevin DeCoste Kevin DeCoste ... Ronnie - 11 years
Rob Degnan Rob Degnan ... Teddy Barnes (as Robert Degnan)
Tora Hallström Tora Hallström ... Heather
Donna Sorbello Donna Sorbello ... Myra
Frank S. Aronson Frank S. Aronson ... Milton - The Butcher (as Frank Aronson)
Troy Doherty ... Sal
Ian Sherman Ian Sherman ... Student Pianist
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Storyline

Professor Parker Wilson finds an abandoned dog at the train station and takes it home with the intention of returning the animal to its owner. He finds the dog is an Akita and names it Hachiko. Nobody claims the dog, so his family decides to keep Hachi. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A true story of faith, devotion and undying love.

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Drama | Family

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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

12 March 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hachi: A Dog's Tale See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£442,753 (United Kingdom), 14 March 2010, Limited Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,707,417
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie reunites Richard Gere and Jason Alexander for the first time since "Pretty Woman." See more »

Goofs

When Hachiko has moved in with Andy, Michael and Ronnie (still a baby), he is shown laying on the floor, while Ronnie collides with the dog repeatedly in his baby walker. In the first shot showing the walker from the side, the baby is absent from his walker. Cut to a master shot showing baby Ronnie in the walker, followed by another shot of the walker colliding with Hachi, similar to the first which shows now the baby's legs. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Heather: So even if Columbus got lost and wasn't the first to discover America, he's still my hero. He was really brave to sail in such a tiny ship over a really big ocean. And because of him, we get Columbus Day off of school.
Teacher: Thank you Heather. Uh, Ronnie? Tell us about your hero.
Ronnie - 11 years: [writes HACHIKO on the blackboard] Hachiko was my grandfather Wilson's dog. Everyone called Hachi a mystery dog because they never really knew where he came from. Maybe Hachi escaped from a dog pound. Or maybe he...
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Referenced in Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence: Richard Gere (2008) See more »

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You cannot get it any better than this
5 February 2010 | by ankurinSee all my reviews

Its really hard to articulate when you have so much to write and so little words to express. And even lesser words which could actually help you convey what you want to say. The closest word which comes to my mind in this case is 'stupendous'.

Hachiko is a true story about a dog in Japan and the special bond he shared with a professor whom he met when it was a little puppy. The story has been put forward exceptionally well by the cast and the director.

The movie has been kept extremely simple with minimum effort on the scenes, yet remarkably you are kept spellbound after a couple of minutes into the movie. And as the other reviews suggest, making the whole theater grab onto their tissues explains how good it really is.

Lastly, coming for someone who also rates 'Eight below' as one of his favorite's, a high rating of Hachiko would seem a little biased to many. But in my honest opinion I don't think that anybody who has watched this movie can rate it below 10.


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