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A DOG OF FLANDERS

 
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At Theaters: 8/27/1999 On Video: 3/7/2000
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 40 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 089918
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Orphaned at birth and living with his kindly grandfather in a small village in the early 19th century, Nello cherishes the sketchbook left to him by his mother. Inspired by her art and blessed by a chance encounter with noted local artist Michel La Grande, Nello sets out against all odds to pursue his dream of becoming a great artist, like his idol, the genius Rubens.

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Drama - A Dog of Flanders is a family film based on a 19th century children's story. Some children may be disappointed that the dog of the title is not a significant character in the story, or bored by the film's slow pace and serious tone. Parents may appreciate the themes of social tolerance and maintaining integrity, but could find the rest of the film slow and simplistic. It's hard to imagine anyone who is not a child or a parent finding much to enjoy in the film.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jack Warden (All The President's Men)
Jeremy James Kissner (Great Expectations)
Jesse James (Message in a Bottle)
Jon Voight (Varsity Blues)
Cheryl Ladd (Permanent Midnight)
Director: Kevin Brodie (Delta Pi)
Producer: Frank Yablans (The Silver Streak)
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About The Production
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PROFANITY: Mild and extremely infrequent
SEX/NUDITY: One moment suggesting sexual activity
VIOLENCE: Whipping of a dog, some knifeplay
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: One scene of characters drinking ale
ACTION: A knife fight
COMEDY: Some mild slapstick, character humor
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Poor
Sure, A DOG OF FLANDERS could appeal to children without very discriminating tastes; yes, parents may be happy to find something warm 'n' fuzzy for the young'uns. I, however, watched as someone who expects little things like decent performances, a narrative with a point, and a script that doesn't feel like it was written by children instead of for children. I'm not going to deny the appeal of a protagonist who perseveres and maintains a pure and honest heart. It would have been nice, however, to build a watchable film around that strength of character. I'll leave this one to those parents and children who watch with a heroic generosity of spirit, those who won't leave thinking the real dog is the film itself.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 65 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
12
High
83%
13-19Teens (M/F)
9
Fairly Low
89%
30+Adults (M)
17
High
82%
30+Adults (F)
27
High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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Nello (played by Jeremy James Kissner and Jesse James) is a young man born into a challenging world. Orphaned at birth and living with his kindly grandfather (Jack Warden) in a small village in the early 19th century, Nello cherishes the sketchbook left to him by his mother. Inspired by her art and blessed by a chance encounter with noted local artist Michel La Grande (Jon Voight), Nello sets out against all odds to pursue his dream of becoming a great artist, like his idol, the genius Rubens. Though often thwarted by his circumstance, Nello finds solace, love and support from his best friend, the beautiful and wealthy Aloise (played by FARREN MONET and MADYLINE SWEETEN) and companionship from his beloved dog, a large Bouvier des Flanders named Patrasche.

When Nello's poverty threatens to crush his dream and Aloise's father forbids the two life-long friends from seeing each other, the talented young artist (urged and schooled by his mentor La Grande) completes a beautiful painting for entry into a competition-hoping the recognition and the prize money will ensure his career and appease Aloise's family. But when the judging panel chooses a less deserving entrant simply because he is from their own upper class, the heartbroken Nello and his trusty companion Patrasche begin a challenging journey that educates the young boy about the true value of friendship and ultimately teaches the villagers about compassion, mercy and forgiveness.

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