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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.

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Bailey / Ellie / Tino / Buddy (voice)
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Teen Ethan (as KJ Apa)
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Ethan's Dad
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Grandma Fran
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Grandpa Bill
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Todd
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Maya
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Al
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A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

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The ones we rescue, rescue us. See more »


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

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27 January 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La razón de estar contigo  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$64,304,940, 5 May 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$165,142,855, 19 March 2017
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The dog breeds that were used in this film are: Stray mongrel, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, 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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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Beyond (2017) See more »

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April Come She Will
Written by Paul Simon
Performed by Simon & Garfunkel
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Enjoyable with an inaccurate rating.
21 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

Not the best movie I've seen but it was surprisingly good. Animal lovers will really like it. Ignore the idiots who spammed this with 1 stars. People overreacted after reading an article with a malicious narrative. Those people are morons and have tainted the rating of a rather likable film.


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