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Smitty (2012)

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Thirteen year-old city brat Ben (Brandon Tyler Russell) has done it again, and his struggling, single mother (Mira Sorvino) has had enough of him getting into mischief. Now, Ben has to ... See full summary »


David Mickey Evans
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brandon Tyler Russell ... Ben
Freddie James Freddie James ... Smitty
Peter Fonda ... Jack
Mira Sorvino ... Amanda
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Mr. Smith
Jason London ... Russell
Lolita Davidovich ... Judge Greenstein
Booboo Stewart ... Peebo
Gabrielle Bui Gabrielle Bui ... Tia
Tory Weisz Tory Weisz ... Carl
Makeba Pace ... Yvonne
Daisy Hamilton ... Stevie
Stacey McGillis Stacey McGillis ... Officer Brown (as Stacy McGillis)
Anthony Gregorio Anthony Gregorio ... Red Truck Driver
Daryl A. Thomas Daryl A. Thomas ... Counselor


Thirteen year-old city brat Ben (Brandon Tyler Russell) has done it again, and his struggling, single mother (Mira Sorvino) has had enough of him getting into mischief. Now, Ben has to choose between going down the path of juvenile hall, or spending the summer in Iowa on a farm with his estranged grandfather, Jack (Peter Fonda). The day after arriving, Ben is ready to leave. To help Ben get a friend, Jack gets him a smart farm dog from an animal shelter to keep Ben company and in line. Between the dog and a friendly neighbor (Louis Gossett, Jr.), Ben soon learns life lessons about friendship, family, and responsibility. It may take a village to raise a child, but when you only have a handful of people and a dog at your side, you have to make do with what you have. Through it all, Ben has the most memorable summer of his life. Written by Dan

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Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic material and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 July 2015 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Mein Freund Smitty - Ein Sommer voller Abenteuer See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas Center, Iowa, USA See more »

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Production Co:

TriCoast Worldwide See more »
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A film the entire family can enjoy together!
27 May 2012 | by tracybooked1See all my reviews

I really feel there is something for each member of the family to enjoy in this film. I think kids, parents and grandparents could all sit down and watch this film together without fearing that they will see anything embarrassing or inappropriate. My biggest compliment to the filmmakers is that it does not talk down to the audience. I have a big problem with movies and TV shows that talk down to kids. This film respects the child star and the children that are watching. Brandon Tyler Russell gives a very truthful and honest performance that moved me. I think all the relationships in the film will appeal to one member or another in your family. It was nice to see the familiar talented faces of actors including Mira Sorvino, Louis Gossett Jr and Peter Fonda. If you are a dog lover that is an added incentive for you to watch this film!

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