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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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Did You Know?

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

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 some...
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Score from Dynasty
Written by Bill Conti/ Marvin Laird
Courtesy of CBS Television Studios
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User Reviews

Amazing Movie
24 January 2017 | by xdarkxcondorSee all my reviews

Despite what TMZ and PETA have lied about. This is an amazing movie. I saw an early screening of it on January 18th and it is one of the best movies I've ever seen. I for one do not believe everything I see on the internet, therefore I had no reason to believe the video that "supposedly" showed animal abuse. Footage is very easily manipulated. People need to learn that. This movie is absolutely incredible, the story is amazing, and it made me cry at least five times. Overall I recommend the movie, and I recommend you not believe everything you see online. I had a great time watching this movie, I truly enjoyed it, I even plan to see it again when it is officially out.


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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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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