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Story

When a mistreated beagle pup follows 11-year-old Marty Preston (Blake Heron) home one day, it sparks a passion in the boy that leads him into a web of moral and emotional turmoil. Marty knows the dog belongs to his irascible neighbor, Judd Travers (a spittin' mean performance by Scott Wilson); he also knows Judd breaks local gaming laws and abuses his hounds. But Marty's father (Michael Moriarty) is a stickler for the first rule of pet ownership: he who owns the pet rules the pet. Marty seeks advice from the wise Doc Wallace (Rod Steiger), who tells the boy about his own struggle to claim legal guardianship over his granddaughter following her parents' death. The story inspires Marty to fight for the creature he has come to love. With a believable blend of nerve, conviction, and a hint of fear, Marty works every angle to beg, buy, or (finally) strike a trade with Travers to save Shiloh. While its pace runs a bit slow, the film provides a thoughtful lesson in weighing right and wrong and should appeal to families with children under 12. Based on the Newbery Award-winning book Shiloh, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. --Liane Thomas

Cast

Scott WilsonJudd Travers
Blake HeronMarty Preston
Bonnie BartlettMrs. Wallace
Rod SteigerDoc Wallace
Ann DowdLouise Preston
Michael MoriartyRay Preston
Rachel WinfreeSue

  • Genre: Family Movies
  • Director: Dale Rosenbloom
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 93 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaApr 25, 1997
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 22, 2006
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