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First Dog (2010)

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A foster boy is befriended by a lost dog who turns out to belong to the President of the United States. The boy decides to run away from the foster home to return the canine to the White House -- "Because it's the right thing to do!"





Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Roberts ... President of the United States
Eliza Roberts ... First Lady
John-Paul Howard ... Danny Milbright
Little Bear ... Teddy - The First Dog
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Big Mike
Priscilla Barnes ... June Angell
Paula Devicq ... Vicky-Ann
Tim Peyton ... Henderson
Linda Bella Linda Bella ... Sally
Paula Nelson Paula Nelson ... Herself
Kerry Wallum Kerry Wallum ... Band Manager (KW) / The Paula Nelson Band
Alexander Yurchikov Alexander Yurchikov ... Agent Morello (as Sasha Yurchikov)
Bill Heiser Bill Heiser ... Agent Alcove
Corbin Timbrook ... Mr. Brentwood
Bernie Kopell ... Psychiatrist Juvenile Hall


While US president Barrett opens a school bearing his name, his inseparable dog Teddy gets lost in the commotion when a gun is fired at its master. To avoid a press scandal, the matter is kept discrete. The dog wanders off to a country orphanage, where Teddy chooses as new master Danny Milbright, a shy boy who never seems to be considered for adoption but has a strong sense of justice, impelling him to return Teddy to his master. It proves an eventful journey all the way to D.C. Written by KGF Vissers

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In Dog We Trust


Comedy | Drama | Family


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Release Date:

15 December 2012 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Az első kutya See more »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

First American Cinema See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Did You Know?


The Oval Office desk, rug and props are those used in the The West Wing (1999) TV series, and both National Treasure movies. The Oval Office set was a full scale replica of the Oval Office, and was built specifically for First Dog on the stage of the Sobrato high school theater by high school film students and teachers under a unique mentorship program. The mentorship program was created by First American Cinema to mentor the senior students on an actual feature film set. The mentorship program was created by Bryan Michael Stoller of First American Cinema, and Gary Harmon of the Sobrato High School (Sobrato Conservatory of the Arts). See more »


Riddles And Rhymes
Performed by Paula Nelson
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Would have been a first choice for families but, there are a couple of elements some parents won't like, so....
21 July 2011 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

The President of the USA (Eric Roberts) is excessively fond of his dog, Teddy. With good reason, Teddy is a charmer, even though the secret service men don't like him too much. But, one day when the President is on a visit to another state, Teddy gets out and runs away. No! He ends up on the west coast where foster child Danny finds him. Although Dan's foster mother (Priscilla Barnes) is kind, Danny knows to hide the canine from her. Also, the young lad sees from the dog's tags that he is the property of the President. Up for adventure, Danny decides to cross country and return the dog personally. Hitching rides with nice truckers and not-so-nice hucksters, Danny almost makes it. But, during the last leg, Teddy again sprints away and is captures by the DC dog catchers while Dan is taken to the police station. Will there be a happy hound ending? This is a great film, for the most part. The acting is good, the scenery is lovely, and the direction is active and fun. However, there are a couple of elements that might give parents pause. First, one of the couples that give Danny a ride express violence toward each other, with the wife hitting the husband quite a bit. Ouch. Then, near the end, Danny's juvenile detention place looks incompetent. Finally, Teddy is almost put down, where a doctor raises the deadly needle and where another man sings Dead Dog Walking. Not my idea of tasteful or family-friendly, this is. However, if your family loves animal movies and you have a talk with the kids before hand, this is almost certainly a winner for the next family flick night.

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