In the midst of the Civil War, a boy and his dog escape a plantation and embark on a life-changing journey. Inspired by true events, "Dog Jack" chronicles a turbulent moment in American history, and a tale that's never been forgotten.


Edward T. McDougal


Florence Biros (novel), Edward T. McDougal (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Grown up Jed (voice)
Benjamin Gardner Benjamin Gardner ... Jed
Frank Kasy ... Reverend Stewart
Kenneth Craig Kenneth Craig ... Eli Cooper
Eddie Huchro ... Casey Case
Kevin Holmen Kevin Holmen ... Kirk Cooper
Joe Gandurski ... Captain Malloy (as Joseph Gandurski)
Stephen Schuch Stephen Schuch ... Jimmy Malloy
Shane Kenyon ... Jesse
Gregory Winston Gregory Winston ... Noah
Jeannette Blackwell ... Sarah
Paul Jaquith Paul Jaquith ... Nathaniel
John Corcoran John Corcoran ... Matt
Eddie Staver Eddie Staver ... Tennessee
Jeffrey Boehm ... Company Soldier Emerson (as Jeff Boehm)


This is the story of a slave boy and his dog who escape the master's plantation, join the Union Army, and have to face their former master on the battlefield. The story is inspired by the historical true-life adventures of the beloved mascot of the Pennsylvania 102nd, who was so prized by his regiment for his skills in battle, that he was twice exchanged for a Confederate prisoner of war. Written by Jack Humble

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A slave boy escapes his plantation, joins the union army with his dog, never expecting to see his master again . . .


Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence

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Did You Know?


When Jed leaves the Union lines to go after Jack, in the shots from behind him he is carrying a full-length rifle, and in the shots from in front, he is carrying a much shorter carbine with more of the barrel and ramrod sticking out from the stock. See more »

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Great family film
3 February 2012 | by charlene45See all my reviews

Our family and several friends watched DogJack.

The film is intelligent, thought-provoking, the music was great. script is well-written and the acting was good. The The actor who played Jed turned in a command performance as did most of the other actors. I am a big fan of Louis Gossett.

We had a meaningful discussion after the film. We talked about how life s so different today than it was 150 years ago for the young boys who were called to fight in the war. I am not normally a big fan of my kids movies but this was very watchable for my husband and myself and the kids thought it was one of the best films they'd seen in the past 2 years.

I would recommend this film to any family who wants to watch a meaningful film and not just rent a DVD as a babysitter for the kids.

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Release Date:

29 August 2010 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh ,Pennsylvania, USA See more »


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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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