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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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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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 »

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Trivia

Britt Robertson (Hannah) and KJ Apa would later appear in I Still Believe (2020) together. See more »

Goofs

Ellie is clearly played by a male German Shepherd. Female German Shepherds come in brighter coats than males and often lack the black streak across the forehead. 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 some...
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Soundtracks

All I Ever Wanted
Written by Carlos Santana, Alex Ligertwood (as Alexander John Ligertwood), and Chris Solberg (as Christopher James Solberg)
Performed by Santana
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Ignore PETA and their smear campaign. This is a wonderful film for the entire family
29 January 2017 | by michaelbuday-65018See all my reviews

This is a wonderful, heartwarming film about a dog that lives several lives with different families via reincarnation. Oh yes, and the dog is the narrator too.

A little hokey? Yes.

A perfect film? No.

Does it satisfy the needs for parents wanting to take their kids to a film that celebrates how awesome dogs are? YES.

Will dog loving audiences enjoy this film, absolutely.

Given all the bad press and reviews of this film, I was expecting the theatre to be empty, but it was packed. Further, everyone applauded at the end. And it deserved that because it was fun and brought smiles and tears aplenty.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dog's Purpose 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

Gross USA:

$64,508,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205,736,628
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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