Red Dog

7.31 h 32 min2011X-RayPG
This is the story of a legendary, lovable red dog who roamed the outback looking for his original master, finding his way into the hearts of everyone he meets, bringing people and communities together, some who find love, and others who find themselves. Based on true events.
Kriv Stenders
Josh LucasRachael TaylorRohan Nichol
English [CC]
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4.5 out of 5 stars

1255 global ratings

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JeoReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Once upon a time there was a Black and Tan Kelpie named Delilah. Growing up she lived at my buddy's house, where we hung out and threw parties, and she became friends with dozens of people in the community, receiving adoration from all walks of life as more than a dog, but a four-legged human and friend. The woman who primarily cared for her passed away, and she bounced around to various homes with various people she had befriended, including family members and friends who grew up with her. Circumstances grew troubling for her, and I was tasked with finding her a new home. She didn't want any other home than beside me, and we became inseparable. I took her to work when I could, and on camping trips, kayaking adventures, road trips, and even daily errands. After a few years she passed at 14 years old, this past October. It was devastating to me, and to all her friends throughout the community. When I took her in, I had never even heard of a Kelpie, as they're rare in my neck of the woods, and most books don't have so much as a footnote on the breed in the US. Well, now the whole town knows of the breed, and has nothing but fondness for it. I heard about this film and just had to watch it, so I ordered it from Amazon and watched it last night. It was a fantastic family tear jerker, that made me miss my gal Delilah even more. She was no legend like Red Dog, but the similarities made me proud to have known her. If you love four-legged companions, or just enjoy Australian films, this is a must-own. Cheap and shipped quickly, and great special features, I highly recommend this DVD.
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Jack E. LevicReviewed in the United States on April 8, 2019
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I found RED DOG by chance and as a dog lover, it looked like a movie I should see. RED DOG is based on a true story of a dog simply named Red Dog who touched the hearts of a small community in the desolate Australian outback. He because a bit of a local and national legend as he roamed the forbidding countryside and hitching rides to his next location.
Now, RED DOG is loosely based on fact and highly fictionalized though the basic facts are true. I'm not giving anything away by saying our movie starts with a dying Red Dog who has been mysteriously poisoned. The locals gather to encourage him to fit for his life and to tell a visitor the story of Red Dog.
The total gem of this movie is watching the beautiful star KOKO play Red Dog. His beauty, agility and human-like expressions are a delight. Even if the story doesn't follow the truth, watching Koko is pure joy.
It seems like any movie set in a small town in the Australian outback features broken men eager to drink and fight. Yet, Red Dog brings out their good hearts and he is beloved by everyone.
It is funny watching Red Dog get into a brawl with the local bully cat. It's a swirling fight much like the Tasmanian Devil in the Looney Tunes cartoons. There is a lot of humor in this film and also sadness. Red Dog goes on a years long search for his missing human--the one person he finally chose to be his human.
After viewing the film, I felt the desire to read about the real Red Dog and his legend is fascinating. I also read about Koko, who died a year after the film was released.
RED DOG is an inspiring story of human and canine friendship. I wish the movie had only followed the facts closely.
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Mary B.Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A MODERN CLASSIC OF THE GENRE, With A Very Different Approach Takes the Podium!
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I REALLY LIKED THE FILM, RED DOG. But then, I'm a Dog Person with 9 dogs - down from the original 12 - all rescues. So, go figure.

Red Dog in his prime was "played" by an obviously very intelligent Kelpie. (That’s not saying the old Kelpie at the end of the movie isn’t intelligent, he just isn’t in the film long enough to show us his range of talent. Like the Australian Cattle Dog (to which he bears a great resemblance) Kelpies are exceptional dogs.

What I found refreshing about this film was: (1.) It was it based (loosely, according to another reviewer) on an actual dog, the community that claimed him & his amazing search for the man he loved; (2.) The expected pathos that is part of this genre of story is kept to a minimum; (3.) The seriousness that usually accompanies these stories is also kept at a minimum or is laced with humor; and (4.) Most of the human characters are presented in a “tongue-in-cheek” dry humor manner.

I needed a good laugh & I most certainly got it. I hadn’t expected to actually find myself having a belly laugh from time to time throughout the movie, but I did.

Some people won’t like the film but I did & I recommend it.
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~ XLNTMOMMY ~Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
LOve Dogs .. ! but ...
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I love dogs .. ! but this movie is about boring people in the middle of nowhere with nothing else to do or going on .. my own GSD is pre-schutzhund trained and I love the breed .. the "Red Dog" looked like a Dingo-hybrid of sorts with just a beautiful coat, tail and obviously smart .. but this movie is slow .. took foreverrr .. I liked the "community" sense but theres not much else to it .. maybe its an australian thing .. like brits with their animals ("the house is on fire, screw the kids, WHERE ARE THE DOGS ..??") ok I jest (no I dont, brits really are like that) but my point is about the pace and substance of the movie .. british films are the same .. (like their food) just Blah . Bland . 3 stars tops . Id giv 2, but the dog was lovely .. so ok.. 3 .
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Jacquelyn DavisReviewed in the United States on February 14, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Whaddayou think I'm feedin' 'im, broccoli?!
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I love this movie. I saw it first in theaters, on a first date. I spent the entire last 30 minutes bawling poor date did not know what to do with me. I spent years waiting for this to come out on US-compatible DVDs. I'm so glad that they finally did so that I can watch it now that I'm back in the States! I love, love, LOVE this movie. Great storyline, very funny, sad, heartwarming, touching, emotional, and inspiring. If you enjoy Australian humor, you might be able to pick up the subtleties in this film. It isn't slap-stick or crude, it's heartwarming and wholesome. It's one of my top three favorite movies. It's a dog movie, though, so remember to have the tissues at the ready!
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Mark E. MayReviewed in the United States on December 6, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great movie for dog-lovers
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As a dog-lover, this is one of my favorite movies. While it's a bit slow to start, this film really makes you care about its characters. It is heartwarming and humorous with plenty of tear-jerking moments. If you're watching it with your dog, you will feel a need to snuggle up a little closer to them afterwards! As a non-dog lover, you can still find things to appreciate in this movie. It is based on a true story and the anecdotes portrayed are sweet and whimsical.
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KSReviewed in the United States on May 12, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Film
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We watched this movie not knowing what to expect. It was probably one of the best films we've seen in years. Great story, heartfelt and engaging. It's rare that you can see a film these days that leave you with such a renewed faith in humanity in which dogs and cats are doing their part to bring us together. At first glance I thought this might be some hokey story about some cutesy animal, but it wasn't hokey at all. There are some scenes that you may find it hard not to break down and cry. It will be a timeless classic.
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Amazon customerReviewed in the United States on July 11, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Handsome dog, poor plot & acting. Watch only if free & can fast forward
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2 stars for the lovely charismatic red canine; zero for plot & acting. This silliest plot holes from this bio based pic: 1.Why no one in entire community showed “special” pooch his human John’s large funeral, or took him to the nearby grave so he would understand he was not abandoned, instead of repeatedly telling Red “don’t know where J is” causing Red to continue anxious steadfast search.
2. Who poisoned this “beloved by all famous wide wandering ppl therapist red dog” wearing ID collar?
3. After sudden death of Red’s chosen owner, the cliche city slicker blonde fiancée fails to give 1 thought of care for bereft dog who “matched” her with his human. She’s shown working & moving on w/ her life/ career, but tells Red she also “doesn’t know where J is.” Other towns ppl feed & care for mourning/searching Red- not her. Seemingly yrs pass before Red returns after wandering large portion of Australia by every means, & finally finds his owner’s oddly fresh looking grave. The ending is cliche & not credible, as lethally poisoned creatures cannot move well.
If you want to see the acting handsome dog, then just fast forward film on Prime , but it’s not worth buying/renting.
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