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.""
A GEM THAT'S VERY FAMILY FRIENDLY!!
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.