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Where the Red Fern Grows [DVD] [2003]

  • SKU: 6915608
  • Release Date: 12/21/2004
  • Rating: PG
Based on the 1961 children's novel by Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows is a family-oriented drama four years in the making. This project is co-directed by Lyman Dayton, who also adapted the screenplay and produced the 1974 filmed version. The story involves 12-year-old Billy Coleman (Joseph Ashton), who lives in the Ozark mountains with his mother, Jenny (Renee Faia), and father, Will (Dave Matthews of the Dave Matthews Band). Billy's grandfather (Dabney Coleman) encourages him to save money to buy a hunting dog. For two years, Billy does odd jobs in order to save the money. When he finally gets enough, he buys two puppies and names them Old Dan and Little Ann. Billy eventually trains them to become hunting dogs and enters the Fall Hunting Competition. Also starring Kris Kristofferson and Ned Beatty. Even though principal photography started in 1999, Where the Red Fern Grows didn't premiere until the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival due to numerous production difficulties and law suits.
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

    Special Features


    • The Roots of a Classic - explore the story's journey from book to film through interviews with the author's wife and filmmakers
    • Lights, Camera, Animals - learn how the film's animal stars were "discovered" and trained for their roles
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound
    • Two versions: Widescreen (1.85:1) and fullscreen (1.33:1)
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Where the Red Fern Grows
    Based on the 1961 children's novel by Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows is a family-oriented drama four years in the making. This project is co-directed by Lyman Dayton, who also adapted the screenplay and produced the 1974 filmed version. The story involves 12-year-old Billy Coleman (Joseph Ashton), who lives in the Ozark mountains with his mother, Jenny (Renee Faia), and father, Will (Dave Matthews of the Dave Matthews Band). Billy's grandfather (Dabney Coleman) encourages him to save money to buy a hunting dog. For two years, Billy does odd jobs in order to save the money. When he finally gets enough, he buys two puppies and names them Old Dan and Little Ann. Billy eventually trains them to become hunting dogs and enters the Fall Hunting Competition. Also starring Kris Kristofferson and Ned Beatty. Even though principal photography started in 1999, Where the Red Fern Grows didn't premiere until the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival due to numerous production difficulties and law suits. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Joseph Ashton
      Joseph Ashton - Billy Coleman
    • Dabney Coleman
      Dabney Coleman - Grandpa
    • Kris Kristofferson
      Kris Kristofferson - Older Billy Coleman
    • Mac Davis
      Mac Davis - Bellington
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      Andrew Dickison - Rainie Pritchard



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

    100%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Pretty Good

      Posted
      CallawayMan

      I don't say this very often, because I don't read a lot of books, but I think the book was better. Although, it was fun to watch the movie when I was done with the book.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      good movie

      Posted
      Mimi
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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      It was not the same as the original but still a good movie

      I would recommend this to a friend


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