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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

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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Every dog happens for a reason. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | India

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, 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

Name connection, possibly made deliberately by the filmmakers. When Bailey is reincarnated as the corgi and adopted by Maya, there is A-Ha's "Take on me" being played. The actress/model who appears in the original song video (not shown in the movie) is named Bunty Bailey. 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...
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Connections

Features The Adventures of Pete & Pete (1992) See more »

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Written by Chris Plansker (as Christopher Plansker) and Dan Yessian
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Loved it 10/10
16 March 2017 | by linsje_cobhcSee all my reviews

I saw the trailer some time ago. The trailer made me cry and I had high expectations of this movie. Happily the movie didn't let down to my expectations. Some moments put a smile on my face and some moments made me cry. I loved the story line, and you start to really care about the characters in this movie. A must see, definitely if you are a dog lover.


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