Marley, Lassie, Beethoven and Bolt: The 24 best films with and about dogs

the best films about dogs
Dog hero with paws: "Lassie, an adventurous journey" | © Warner Bros

Here you will find the 24 best films with and about dogs. The four-legged pelt-noses in our film list with dog films have so much to offer! Our editorial team has compiled a list of her favourite films and insider tips for you.

Hollywood has already discovered dogs as movie stars in the silent movie era. Lassie with Liz Taylor was as legendary as Charlie Chaplin and his dogs. Decades before Commissioner Rex and the 101 Dalmatians, they became the darlings of the public. But Beethoven, Marley and Bolt have also written film history, as have Lady and the Tramp.

Here you will find the 24 best films about the loyal heroes with the wet nose. Absolutely worth seeing insider tips: Dog movies for dog fans such as the feature films “Frankenweenie” and the documentary “Pick of the Litter” must of course not be missed. Have fun!

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Marley und ich - Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane

Marley & Ich

The 24 best films of all times with and about dogs

Regie
David Frankel
Actors
Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane
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After their wedding, journalists John and Jennifer Grogan move to Florida in this film about dogs. In an attempt to stop Jennifer’s biological clock, John gives her a puppy. Although the puppy Marley grows up to a 45 kilogram dog, he loses nothing of his energy and wildness. And it’s full of surprises.

 

Marley’s escapades give John plenty of material for his newspaper column. As John and Jennifer mature and have children of their own, Marley, who has long since become a member of the family, also grows older.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


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Quill Kaoru Kobayashi, Kippei Shîna, Teruyuki Kagawa

Quill

The 24 best films of all times with and about dogs

Quill (2004)
Regie
Yôichi Sai
Actors
Kaoru Kobayashi, Kippei Shîna, Teruyuki Kagawa
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The Labrador puppy Quill is sent to Isamu and Mitsuko Nii. The couple trains guide dogs / guide dogs for the blind as volunteers in this dog movie. As he grows into an adult dog, Quill is taken to a guide dog school by the friendly but determined trainer Satoru Tawada. Although Quill is a little slower than the other dogs in the school, he himself seems to have an unusual “empathy” and a remarkable patience with his trainers.

 

The trainer Tawade decides that Quill would be the ideal guide dog for Mitsuru Watanabe. Mr. Wanatabe is a lonely and bad-tempered middle-aged man – and not at all enthusiastic about his daughter’s idea of being led by a dog.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


3
Dog Days Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Adam Pally

Dog Days

Dog Days (2018)
Regie
Ken Marino
Actors
Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Adam Pally
Bewertung
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Los Angeles, California, is the red thread that connects the life and destiny of man and dog in five different ways:

 

Elizabeth is a famous newscaster of a morning show on television. Tara works as a waitress in a café and spends her days talking to her superficial and dog walking friend Daisy. Grace and Kurt are a couple who are nervous about the arrival of their first adopted child Amelia. Dax is a teenager in the body of an adult and leader of the up-and-coming rock band Frunk. Walter is an aging and lonely widower who has lost his pet.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


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Ein Hund namens Beethoven Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Dean Jones

Ein Hund namens Beethoven

Regie
Brian Levant
Actors
Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Dean Jones
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Beethoven, an adorable puppy, accidentally ends up in the unsuspecting Newton family. There he grows up to become an 83 kilogram, drooling, disaster-prone St. Bernard dog.

 

When a veterinarian makes Beethoven the target of an unspeakable animal experiment, family man George becomes the only hope for the whole family in this film about dogs.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


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Lassie: Eine abenteuerliche Reise Sebastian Bezzel, Anna Maria Mühe, Nico Marischka

Lassie: Eine abenteuerliche Reise

Regie
Hanno Olderdissen
Actors
Sebastian Bezzel, Anna Maria Mühe, Nico Marischka
Bewertung
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Remake of the classic film about dogs. Little Florian lives with his family and his bitch Lassie in a small Bavarian (!) village. However, the dog is a thorn in the side of the landlady. Which is why she’s threatening to expel you.

 

Therefore Florian’s father brings Lassie to his former boss, who takes the Collie bitch together with his granddaughter Priscilla on a business trip to a North Sea island. That’s where Lassie runs away. The dog makes the arduous journey back home while Florian and Priscilla search for her.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


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Susi und Strolch Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Peggy Lee

Susi & Strolch

The best dog movies

Regie
Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson
Actors
Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Peggy Lee
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Lady is a cocker spaniel with pedigree. The life of Lady takes a turn with the imminent arrival of a baby in the household. The dog lady doesn’t really know what a baby is or means, but she is taught a lesson about it by her two friends from the neighborhood: Jock, a real Scottish terrier, and Trusty, a hunting dog who doesn’t realize that he has lost his sense of smell.

 

The arrival of the baby has an even greater impact on Lady’s dog life when Aunt Sarah comes to babysit with her two mischievous Siamese cats. To get rid of baby and cats, Lady turns to Tramp, a wild mongrel she once met. Tramp lives a carefree life on the “wrong side of the tracks”. In his pack he is considered one of the most resourceful dogs, who always manages to escape the dogcatcher.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


7
Pets Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart

Pets

The best movies about dogs

Pets (2016)
Regie
Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney
Actors
Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart
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Jack Russell Terrier Max lives with his owner Katie in an apartment in Manhattan. While she is at work during the day, he hangs around the building with other pets: tabby cat Chloe, pug Mel, dachshund Buddy and budgie Sweet Pea.

 

One day, Katie adopts a mongrel Duke from the shelter. Max is jealous. Angry about Max’s attitude towards him, Duke tries to dump Max in an alley. But both are attacked by cats. In the resulting adventure Max and Duke become real friends.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


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Pets 2 Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Harrison Ford

Pets 2

Pets 2 (2019)
Regie
Chris Renaud, Jonathan del Val
Actors
Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Harrison Ford
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Max’s beloved owner Katie brings home a new “animal” one day: a screaming little creature that people call a baby.

 

But when a shy bond between baby and dog unexpectedly forms, Max is overwhelmed by the concern for the safety of the defenseless child. At the same time, Snowball, the heroic bunny, and Daisy, the vivacious Shih Tzu, decide to join forces to rescue a white tiger cub from the clutches of a ruthless circus owner.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


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Bolt: Ein Hund für alle Fälle John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman

Bolt: Ein Hund für alle Fälle

The best dog movies

Regie
Byron Howard, Chris Williams
Actors
John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman Bewertung
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“Bolt – A Dog for All Seasons” tells the story of a dog who plays a superhero dog on a hit television show. Bot has difficulty realizing that he only has real superpowers on TV. And when he is accidentally shipped from Hollywood to New York City, he does indeed need supernatural abilities. Or capable friends. He finds it in an old cat and an overweight hamster.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


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Cap und Capper – Zwei Freunde auf acht Pfoten Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Pearl Bailey

Cap und Capper – Zwei Freunde auf acht Pfoten

Regie
Ted Berman, Richard Rich
Actors
Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Pearl Bailey
Bewertung
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The orphaned fox cub Tod is raised by a childless widow happy, semi-wild pet in the country. Vixen Death even befriends the puppy Copper, the puppy and apprentice of Hunting Dog Chief, who is kept in the dark by his neighbour.

 

As they grow up, Copper goes to hunting training, from which he returns as a routine prey hunter. Soon he should experience his first real hunt and show everyone what he can do. This exactly when death is released from the widow in the wilderness.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


11
Shiloh Blake Heron, Michael Moriarty, Scott Wilson

Shiloh - Vier Pfoten auf der Flucht

The best movies about dogs

Regie
Dale Rosenbloom
Actors
Blake Heron, Michael Moriarty, Scott Wilson
Bewertung
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A battered beagle runs away from its owner. In the street he meets young Marty and follows him home. The boy calls the dog Shiloh. But his father does not let the boy keep the dog because it belongs to Judd Travers, a local hunter.

 

After Shiloh is abused again, he runs away and returns to Marty. Judd builds a secret home for the dog in an old shed and hides him from his family. But his secret is discovered when one night a stray animal attacks Shiloh.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


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Bailey - Ein Freund fürs Leben : Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton

Bailey - Ein Freund fürs Leben

Dog Movies: The best 24 feature films about furry noses

Regie
Lasse Hallström
Actors
Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton
Bewertung
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In the 1950s, a wild young dog is born, wondering what the true meaning of life is. Two weeks later he is brought to the shelter. There he is to be put down. The young dog asks himself whether “fun” is really the meaning of life. His soul is reborn as a retriever puppy and reincarnated in 1961. He is found by two garbage men who plan to sell him. They lock the dog in their car to toast the idea in a restaurant. The dog is saved from heat stroke by a little boy named Ethan and his mother.

 

After they convince Ethan’s father, the dog gets to stay. He’s baptized Bailey. Bailey and Ethan find each other quickly. And both learn little by little what life is and what it means to be a dog.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


13
Mein Hund Skip Frankie Muniz, Kevin Bacon, Diane Lane

Mein Hund Skip

Regie
Jay Russell
Actors
Frankie Muniz, Kevin Bacon, Diane Lane Bewertung
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Willie Morris is the only son of the rough war veteran Jack Morris, who lost his leg in Spain, and the housewife and lovable mother Ellen Morris. Willie is harassed by his schoolmates. His only friend is his older neighbour Dink Jenkins, a baseball player and idol of the city. When Dink goes to Europe to fight in the Second World War, Willie is alone again.

 

But on his ninth birthday, in this film about dogs, Ellen gives her son a dog despite his father’s protests. Willie gives the skipper the name “Skip.” Skip helps Willie make friends and get closer to the girl he has fallen in love with.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


14
Beverly Hills Chihuahua Drew Barrymore, George Lopez, Piper Perabo

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Regie
Raja Gosnell
Actors
Drew Barrymore, George Lopez, Piper Perabo
Bewertung
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Chloe, a diamond-studded, heavily pampered Beverly Hills Chihuahua, is cared for by her owner’s niece, Rachel, in this film about dogs when her owner leaves for one of her fashion shows in Europe. Rachel enjoys her aunt’s prosperous home, but can’t resist a weekend trip to Mexico with her friends. In her pocket with her: Chloe.

Chloe gets lost in Mexico pretty fast. She gets thrown into a dogfighting ring where she meets Delgado. After saving her and himself, Delgado agrees to help her get home. The two dogs begin their journey across Mexico back to Beverly Hills.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


15
Show Dogs Will Arnett, Ludacris, Natasha Lyonne

Show Dogs - Agenten auf vier Pfoten

The best dog movies

Regie
Raja Gosnell
Actors
Will Arnett, Ludacris, Natasha Lyonne
Bewertung
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In a world where humans and talking animals exist, a macho but lonely Rottweiler police dog named Max is ordered to stop a band of animal smugglers on the occasion of a prestigious dog show with his human partner Frank. This uses the dog show as a camouflage.

 

When Max finds out that the criminals are planning to sell Ling-Li, a baby giant panda, at the dog show in Las Vegas, he is forced to give everything.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


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Red Dog – ein Held auf vier Pfoten Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Rohan Nichol

Red Dog – ein Held auf vier Pfoten

Regie
Kriv Stenders
Actors
Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Rohan Nichol
Bewertung
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The dog movie “Red Dog – a hero on four paws” is the story of a legendary, lovable red dog who roams the outback in search of his original master and finds his way into the hearts of everyone he meets. Like “Hachiko – A Wonderful Friendship” the movie is based on a true story.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


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Max: Bester Freund. Held. Retter. Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins, Luke Kleintank

Max: Bester Freund. Held. Retter.

Regie
Boaz Yakin
Actors
Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins, Luke Kleintank
Bewertung
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When Justin’s older brother, Kyle, is killed in Afghanistan, Justin cannot believe that his brother is really dead. Kyle just left him something: Max, a perfectly trained military dog. But after he lost his master Kyle, Max is traumatized. He is sent back to America, where the only person where Justin is waiting for him

 

At first, Justin has no interest in taking care of his late brother’s troubled dog in this movie about dogs. However, the two learn to trust each other, which helps the four-legged veteran to become his heroic self again. The couple begins to unravel the mystery of what really happened to Kyle.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


18
101 Dalmatiner Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson

101 Dalmatiner

Movies about dogs: Lassie, Beethoven, Bolt, Susie and Tramp & Co.

Regie
Stephen Herek
Actors
Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson
Bewertung
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After a wild chase in the busy streets of London, dog owner Roger and his Dalmatian Pongo end up in the famous St. James Park in this dog movie. There they meet the charming fashion designer Anita and her Dalmatian dog Perdita.

 

One thing leads to another. Roger and Anita are getting married. And Perdita is having babies too. But the joy is short-lived. Anita’s glamorous but terrible boss, Cruella DeVil, kidnaps the puppies. She wants to have the spotted fur of the dogs made into a luxurious coat for herself. But for this she needs more puppies – a total of 101 Dalmatians should be.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


19
Ruf der Wildnis Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, Cara Gee

Ruf der Wildnis

Movies with dogs

Regie
Chris Sanders
Actors
Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, Cara Gee
Bewertung
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“The Call of the Wild” is a dog movie and the story of Buck, a large and kind-hearted dog. Buck is a cross between a St. Bernard and a Scotch Collie. His carefree life is abruptly disrupted when he is stolen from his home in Santa Clara County, California, and taken north. It is to be sold in Skagway, Alaska, and taken further north to Dawson City, Yukon. This is because during the Klondike gold rush of the late 1890s, strong sled dogs are in high demand and a lot of money can be made with them.

 

As a newcomer to the dog team delivery service, Buck is first forced to find his position anew. He manages to become a guide dog in the best sled team in the region. After telegraphy and electronic transmission of messages make the Sled Dog Express obsolete, he travels with his loving owner John (Harrison Ford) near the Arctic Circle, somewhere between the Yukon and Alaska. In the man-forsaken wilderness, with only John, he relies more and more on his primal instincts. Finally, he answers the “call of the wild.”

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


20
Ataris Reise Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton

Ataris Reise

Regie
Wes Anderson
Actors
Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton
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Because a flu virus transmitted by dogs is devastating the Japanese metropolis of Megasaki, its mayor Kobayashi orders that all dogs be banished to an island – a huge waste dump off the coast.

 

In order to find his beloved four-legged companion Spots, the boy Atari takes the courage on a dangerous rescue mission.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


21
Frankenweenie Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short

Frankenweenie

Regie
Tim Burton
Actors
Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short
Bewertung
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This film about dogs is an insider tip! The bright boy Victor Frankenstein has no friend other than his dog Sparky. Victors is forced by his father to play baseball, as it is only then that he gets the permission to participate in a school competition at his school. During the game Sparky chases the ball – and is hit by a car.

 

Victor remembers the lessons in school about the effects of electricity. He successfully reanimates Sparky with the help of a lightning bolt. Then he hides Sparky in the attic. But his classmate Edgar discovers the dog. He blackmails Victor to teach him how to bring the dead back to life. Soon Victor’s envious schoolmates bring more and more dead creatures to life. But soon they lose control. This is the hour of Victor and Sparky.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


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Hachiko - Eine wunderbare Freundschaft Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Hachiko - Eine wunderbare Freundschaft

Regie
Lasse Hallström
Actors
Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Bewertung
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Jööhhh! factor
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Music professor Parker Wilson finds an Akita puppy at a train station in this dog movie. He’s taking the dog home. His jealous wife Cate makes Parker first swear that he will not keep the puppy. But when it is clear that no one will claim him, she agrees to keep the dog that her daughter Andy and her fiancé Michael have loved from the first moment they met.

 

Parker’s Japanese friend Ken suggests to name the puppy Hachi(ko). He is surprised when Parker teaches his dog to retrieve. Something akitas don’t normally do. Hachi makes it a habit to wait for Parker at the station every evening. One day Parker dies of a heart attack. His dog Hachi refuses to accept this. He continues to wait at the station every day for his master to return.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


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Belle und Sebastian Félix Bossuet, Tchéky Karyo, Margaux Chatelier

Belle und Sebastian

Regie
Nicolas Vanier
Actors
Félix Bossuet, Tchéky Karyo, Margaux Chatelier
Bewertung
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Jööhhh! factor
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In 1943, the orphan Sébastien lived with his grandfather in a small village in the French Alps. His grandfather César is a shepherd, his aunt Angélina a baker. Sébastien misses his mother. He believes she has travelled to America and is waiting to receive a watch with a compass as a gift from her.

 

When more and more dead sheep are found on the Alps, César and the other inhabitants believe that a stray dog is tearing the animals. They decide to find the animal and kill it. But it’s Sébastien who finds the dog. He gives the bitch the name Belle and they become friends. But the animal in this film about dogs continues to be seen by the inhabitants as a beast that tears sheep

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing


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Pick of the Litter Matt Fowler

Pick of the Litter

Regie
Don Hardy, Dana Nachman
Actors
Matt Fowler
Bewertung
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Jööhhh! factor
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The documentary “Pick of the Litter” follows a litter of puppies in the USA from birth on their way to becoming a licensed guide dog for the blind. But the ultimate dog career poses many challenges for both man and dog.

 

This film accompanies the puppies and young dogs through their two-year training.

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Evaluation: ★★★★★ = highly recommended | ★ = not worth seeing



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