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Duke (2012)

TV-PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | TV Movie 28 April 2012
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A homeless veteran leaves his dying dog and best friend, Duke, on the doorstep of an animal clinic. The dedicated staff nurse Duke back to health, and then launch a campaign to locate the veteran and re-unite him with his best pal.

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Mark Jean
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Cast

Credited cast:
Steven Weber ... Terry Polesky
Sarah Smyth ... Alice Polesky
Allison Hossack Allison Hossack ... Dr. Angela
April Telek ... Cami
Kendall Cross ... Bethany Polesky
Martin Cummins ... Javier
Primo Allon ... Bryan
Jay Brazeau ... Dr. Jamison
Jakob Davies ... Troy
Alf Humphreys ... Joe
Broadus Mattison ... Fellow Marine
Juan Riedinger ... Manny
Jesse Moss ... Matt
Nels Lennarson ... Dennis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reese Alexander ... Physical Therapist
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US marines Afghanistan veteran Terry Polesky can't handle his honorable discharge due to a crippling wound, disabling him as breadwinner, and ends up leaving his teacher wife Bethany and their doting kid daughter Alice. Homeless, Terry lives in a camper on the property of fellow veteran Javier, otherwise deserted except for shepherd dog Duke, whom he adopted while still convalescing at home, and becomes a handyman. After ten years his world collapses again when Duke needs vet care he can't afford, so he leaves his buddy with a plea note at the animal clinic, presumably to be put down. However the vet team lovingly cures the lovable canine and even mounts a search for its owner, which also allows Alice, now happily married after her mother died from cancer, to track down her father, willing to bond again. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dog Named Duke See more »

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For Dog-lovers
11 April 2019 | by gordonm888See all my reviews

This made-for-TV movie, currently being shown on one of the Hallmark channels, is a serious drama - but Be Warned! for there is no romantic love and there is no humor. This movie is not a light-hearted romp through the sunlit plains of human emotions.

It is a story that centers on a disabled veteran and his love for his dog, Duke, and its narrative finds true emotional power by separating and eventually reuniting the man and his dog. It is unflinching in showing the wreckage of the man's life caused by his military service, his PTSD and his injury. Kudos to the filmmakers: the veterinary medicine in the movie is highly realistic, and the eventual reunion of some family members is treated realistically and with restraint. There are various side-stories (a bid to buy the animal clinic, a daughter's marriage, and an attempt to find employment) that do not distract too much from the central drama.

My wife cried like a blubbering baby at one point in the movie and rejoiced at the end of it. That is an important measure of a film's success, and you may react to "Duke" in the same way, especially if you love dogs.


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