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A Dog's Purpose (2017)

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A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

Director:

Lasse Hallström

Writers:

W. Bruce Cameron (screenplay by), Cathryn Michon (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
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3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Gad ... Bailey / Ellie / Tino / Buddy (voice)
Dennis Quaid ... Adult Ethan
Peggy Lipton ... Adult Hannah
Bryce Gheisar ... Ethan - 8 Years Old
K.J. Apa ... Teen Ethan (as KJ Apa)
Juliet Rylance ... Ethan's Mom
Luke Kirby ... Ethan's Dad
Gabrielle Rose ... Grandma Fran
Michael Bofshever ... Grandpa Bill
Britt Robertson ... Teen Hannah
Logan Miller ... Todd
Kirby Howell-Baptiste ... Maya
Pooch Hall ... Al
John Ortiz ... Carlos
Nicole LaPlaca ... Wendi
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Storyline

Lasse Hallström "The Hundred-Foot Journey" directed this adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by W. Bruce Cameron, which follows a dog voiced by Josh Gad as he is reincarnated as different breeds belonging to various owners. Over the course of multiple lifetimes, the canine's existence intersects with that of a young boy who rescued him in 1962.

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The ones we rescue, rescue us. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some peril | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | India

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La razón de estar contigo See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,222,810, 29 January 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$64,508,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$204,361,517
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Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos | Datasat | DTS (DTS: X)| SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The dog breeds that were used in this film are: Stray mutt, Golden Retriever, Belgian mala , Pembroke Welsh Corgi and a St. Bernard-Australian Shepherd mix. See more »

Goofs

In 1961 or '2, Ethan is shown reading an apparently new issue of Captain America. This series had been out of print since 1953, until it was revived by Marvel Comics in 1964. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bailey: [narrating] What is the meaning of life? Are we here for a reason? Is there a point to any of this?
[a litter of puppies]
Bailey: First, I had no idea what was going on. I... I couldn't see a thing. It was warm. There was my mother. Every day, I had fun. Was having fun the point? The whole point? No, it couldn't be that simple.
Dog Catcher: Here's one...
Bailey: And then it was over.
Dog Catcher: That's it for you.
[put him into his truck]
Bailey: No more fun. It seemed like such a short life. I mean, what exactly did I do? There was...
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Beyond (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside
Music and Lyrics by John Glover Kind (uncredited)
[Incorrectly attributed as 'Traditional']
Arranged by Roger Wootton
Courtesy of APM Music
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please read this review. i actually saw the movie. don't believe TMZ!!!!!!
27 January 2017 | by peytonhall-37243See all my reviews

I saw an early screening of the movie last week and this was before the TMZ video leaked. Let me just say, this movie is actually amazing. I'm not going to spoil anything but it is honestly one of the best movies I have seen in so long. Literally my only problem is that I felt like it ended to quick. People only gave this movie bad ratings because of the TMZ video. I read through the reviews, no one had actually seen the movie! I saw it and it exceeded my expectations. I laughed, I cried, I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. I am a dog lover, and animal abuse is terrible and should be stopped but that doesn't take away from the fact that the movie is so good! I plan to buy this movie on Blu-Ray and watch it again in theaters. I think that everyone should see this movie because it honestly is such a great movie that i couldn't get enough of. I want to see it again as soon as possible and I think that if you're going to boycott this movie because of a video from TMZ that's not even genuine, then that's a terrible decision because this movie is great. 9.7 out of 10.


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