The story of Togo, the sled dog who led the 1925 serum run yet was considered by most to be too small and weak to lead such an intense race.


Ericson Core


Tom Flynn (screenplay)
2,630 ( 303)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Willem Dafoe ... Leonhard Seppala
Julianne Nicholson ... Constance Seppala
Christopher Heyerdahl ... Mayor George Maynard
Richard Dormer ... Dr. Curtis Welch
Adrien Dorval ... Bill Clark
Madeline Wickins Madeline Wickins ... Sally Burdett
Michael Greyeyes ... Amituk
Nive Nielsen ... Atiqtalik
Nikolai Nikolaeff ... Dan Murphy
Thorbjørn Harr ... Charlie Olsen
Catherine McGregor ... Sarah Foley
Michael McElhatton ... Jafet Lindeberg
Brandon Oakes ... Henry Ivanoff
Paul Piaskowski ... Max Adams
Michael Gaston ... Joe Dexter


The historical film by the American director Ericson Core, which is dedicated to the events of the Great Mercy Race of 1925. The events of the film unfold around the drover Leonhard Seppala and his dog Togo, who went together the longest leg in the relay. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (

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

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Despite being Norwegian origin, Seppala's ethnic background is Tornedalian from his father's side and Kven from his mother's side. Kven people are ethnic minority in Norway. They descended from Finnish peasants and fishermen who emigrated from the northern parts of Finland to Northern Norway in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Tornedalians are descendants of Finns who, at some point, settled to the areas of today's Northern Sweden near the Torne Valley district and west from there. See more »


When they take Togo away in the cage, a Phillips head screw can be seen fastening the door. However, the Phillips head screw did not come into use until the 1930's. See more »


Leonhard Seppala: Come, my pups!
Leonhard Seppala: Are we to fear ice now?
Leonhard Seppala: He, which hath no stomach in this fight, let him depart.
Leonhard Seppala: His passport shall be made, we would not die in that dog's company!
Leonhard Seppala: Old dogs forget, but he who would remember with advantages what feats he did that day.
Leonhard Seppala: Then shall our names, familiar in his mouth as household words-Seppala, the driver.
Leonhard Seppala: Sally, Molly, and Reverend Togo, great Togo in lead!
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Excellent movie
21 December 2019 | by hurtzrusSee all my reviews

Great story and a true story to commemorate the real hero dog Togo. I wonder if they will change the statue in New York to reflect the dog that saved the day. Well worth watching

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Release Date:

20 December 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Cochrane, Alberta, Canada See more »

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2.00 : 1
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