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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)
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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 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


In February 2020 a group of 14 adventurers will be running a trip called the Serum Run Trail Expedition from Nenana to Nome, AK by dog team. They will follow the same trail as the 1925 serum run. 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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Fantastic! Absolutely fantastic!!
21 December 2019 | by Bad-Good-GreatSee all my reviews

This is the first time that I think Walt Disney Picture did a great job on this amazing movie. A movie that deserves to be called "Mission Impossible!" Willem Dafoe and Julianne Nicholson both are great. The screenplay writer Tom Flynn gave us a straightforward plot, simple but amazing scenario that has made this movie so suspenseful, thrilling, at the same time, profound. Director Ericson Core also won my praise wholeheartedly. The special effects team did a wonder too, many scenes I just couldn't believe possible to make, but they just looked so real and so powerful. The crossing lake scenes are just ridiculously fascinating. The leading dog's performance is just beyond any word could describe, and the poppy that played Togo's younger age would allow you to understand what "cute" really means. Willem Dafoe, what a great actor! Julianne Nicholson, her natural talent completely shinning through the whole movie. Every part of this movie is a fulfilled perfection, it also owes to the great casting job, through the lens of the camera, offering you great cinematography, followed by a perfect editing job....The almost impossible mission, the dogs, the great couple and the great town people...all together, have made this movie THE VERY BEST MOVIE at the year end of 2019.

Highly recommended!

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Release Date:

20 December 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Cochrane, Alberta, Canada

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2.00 : 1
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