Where the Red Fern Grows (1974)


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Based on the novel by Wilson Rawls, this film follows the events that befall a young Oklahoma farm boy as he, with the help of his two beloved hounds, struggles to help his family get by in the hard times of the 1930s.

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Douglas Day Stewart, Eleanor Lamb
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 8, 1997
Doty-Dayton Productions


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Critic Reviews for Where the Red Fern Grows

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Moving version of the classic novel.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

a competently produced family feature

June 14, 2007

Audience Reviews for Where the Red Fern Grows


This film is about a boy and two dogs that are on a quest of making the dogs the best hunting dogs Ever. Good plot, acting and music. The down side of this film is that it can be slow and sad. If you want good dog film or tear jerker, then you should give this a try.

erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

a solid film based on a classic novel. like old yeller in its emphasis on a boy and his dogs, although this is better than old yeller and a bit more profound in its development of characters. i took it for granted as a kid but now realize its importance.

danny d

Super Reviewer

Gosh, what a tear-jerker of a movie! Kiddies be warned! It's a fun twin-dog movie for the most part, but I would recommend turning it off before the Red Fern starts growing.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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