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The Trial of Old Drum
The Trial of Old Drum
Director: Sean McNamara
1hr 26min

"You just have to be honest," Ann tells young Charlie, "and have faith in the truth." But Charlie's not so sure the truth won't just get all twisted up by the attorneys and used in court against Drum, his loyal dog and bes...  more »

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Director: Sean McNamara
Creators: Ron Perlman, Randy Travis, Alexis O'Keefe, John Schuck, Sean McNamara, David Brookwell
Studio: Feature Films for Families
Format: DVD
Run Time: 1hr 26min
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0

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Member Movie Reviews

Jerry S. from OCEANSIDE, CA
Reviewed on 10/23/2013...
Elizabeth B. (bethieof96) from NINETY SIX, SC
Reviewed on 7/14/2013...
This has got to be the sweetest dog of the year. This doggie went through so much for a little boy. You will be cheering both of these on during the whole movie. If you love dogs then this is a must have for your library.
Alice B. from SANDY, UT
Reviewed on 6/10/2013...
This is a wonderful "Family Feature Film"!!! Old Drum is Charles faithful dog who has cared for him since Charlie's mom died years before. Uncle Lon falsely accuses Old Drum of killing his sheep. Charlie has to use all his savings to hire a lawyer to defend Old Drum from false accusations. This is a great drama and a true story! Can Charlie and his dad forgive Uncle Lon? Why do we forgive? Do we forgive because a nasty, Bad person deserves it or do we deserve to let go of our anger and bitterness? Watch this excellent DVD and Decide for yourself!
Karen E. (karyn) from CRESTVIEW, FL
Reviewed on 2/11/2011...
A great family film based on a true story. It tells the story of 11 year-old Charlie (Bobby Edner) and his best friend Drum, a loyal golden retriever. When Charlie's cranky Uncle Lon (John Schuck) accuses Drum of killing several of the farming community's sheep, it begins a battle between Charlie and Lon which divides the community and goes all the way to court. With Drum's life on the line, Charlie is prepared to do whatever it takes to defend his canine pal. Randy Travis, Scott Bakula, and Ron Perlman co-star.

Movie Reviews

Cute, rainy day, family movie.
Tressa L. Breen | Gardner, MA USA | 12/27/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This is a family movie set in 1950's rural America about a boy whose Uncle presses sheep killing charges against his dog Drum, starting not only a family legal feud but community discord as their town begins to take sides.
This is formula film that attempts to be very touching and sweet. It's biggest weakness is that the only people who could really act were Scott Bakula, Ron Perlman and the dog. (John Shuck and Kathy Garver, "Sissy" from the original "Family Affair," as the Uncle and his wife, were okay.) The children were not that good (basically they looked like they were acting) and that's a problem when the film really revolves around them (Aaron Fors, who plays the bully Donny makes me think of what the actor Russell Crowe must have looked liked as a child, only with no talent and a lot of ham).
Favorite line (spoken by the Prosecutor after Scott Bakula's Defense closing trial speech): "We'll be lucky if they don't lynch us."
Favorite line spoken by Ron Perlman (after his son punches the bully): "Now making him your friend, that will be the hard part.""
Loves To Read | Twin Cities, MN USA | 02/04/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"STORY - Based on a true story, the movie begins with Charlie Burden, Jr. walking toward the courthouse remembering the summer of 1955 in Western Missouri when he was growing up on his father's farm. His mother had died and he lived with his father and Drum, the dog raised and trained by his mother for him. They were inseparable. As the story evolves around the adventures of Charlie and Drum, there are some sheep killings in the area. Charlie's uncle, who is still bitter at the loss of his sister, Charlie's mother, blames Drum for the killings and tries to take care of Drum his way. This results in the 'arrest' of Drum, who is put in jail pending trial to determine if he should be put away. The trial is complicated by the fact that Charlie hasn't always told the truth about Drum's activities and he can't prove that Drum was, in fact, with him when the sheep were killed. Apparently, the actual story took place in 1872 but was changed to 1955 for the movie. There were several classic lines in the movie. Charlie's dad tells him after he breaks the nose of the town bully, "Now making him your friend, that will be the hard part". The passionate final argument before the jury by George Graham Vest, who was the family's attorney and who went on to become a U.S. Senator, coined the phrase, "A dog is a man's best friend". And after hearing the final argument, the attorney for the plaintiff turns to his client and says "We'll be lucky if we're not lynched". Enjoy. WWW.LUSREVIEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM.