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Red Dog: True Blue (2016)

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An iconic Australian story of family, friendship and adventure, between a young boy and a scrappy one-of-a-kind dog that would grow up to become an Australian legend.


Kriv Stenders


Daniel Taplitz (screenplay by)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Isaacs ... Michael Carter
Levi Miller ... Mick
Bryan Brown ... Grandpa
Hanna Mangan Lawrence ... Betty Marble
Thomas Cocquerel ... Stemple
John Jarratt ... Lang Hancock
Justine Clarke ... Diane Carter
Zen McGrath ... Theo Carter
Winta McGrath ... Nicholas Carter
Steve Le Marquand ... Little John
Syd Brisbane Syd Brisbane ... Big John
Kee Chan ... Jimmy Umbrella
Kelton Pell Kelton Pell ... Durack
Calen Tassone ... Taylor Pete
Phoenix Phoenix ... Blue Dog


A father takes his two young sons to see Red Dog. After the movie he describes to his oldest son how Red Dog is based on the story of a dog he had as a boy - Blue. From this we see the period in the man's childhood when Blue was his dog, their trials and tribulations living on a farm in a remote part of Western Australia. Written by grantss

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Every legend has a beginning.


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Release Date:

26 December 2016 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Dog See more »

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Jason Isaacs once played Hook/Mr. Darling in Peter Pan (2003) and Levi Miller recently played Peter Pan in Pan (2015). See more »


Follows Red Dog (2011) See more »


Whiter Shade Of Pale
Performed by Thomas Cocquerel
Written by Keith Reid (as Reid) / Gary Brooker (as Brooker) / Matthew Fisher (as Fisher)
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Administered by: Essex Music of Australia Pty Ltd
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Not true blue
7 September 2017 | by MolongirlSee all my reviews

I feel bad having to give only a five rating as the lead character was a young person who acted his heart out and did so well but the movie doesn't deserve a higher ranking. I would have enjoyed it ever so much more if it didn't have the feel of movie-making by numbers: we must have some homosexual characters, we must knock Christians (this time mission nuns), we must have mystical Aboriginals etc... political correctness will be the death of good story telling. There is nothing wrong with each of these individually but it felt contrived as if the director had to get them on screen somehow.

And as much as I love stories about dogs I felt this one tried to milk that good will too much. The dog chasing the plane when the boy leaves, it was all too much. Maybe I would give it a higher rating if it hadn't been called Red Dog as it felt like a blatant cashing-in on that crazily enjoyable film.

This wasn't a story about the dog it was a story about a boy becoming a man. Great scenery, great acting and great dog it just didn't come together as a good story.

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