Old Yeller (1957)
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Based on the novel by Fred Gipson, Old Yeller is set in Texas in 1869. While his father is away on a cattle drive, 15-year-old Travis Coates (Tommy Kirk) takes over management of the family farm. Adopting a "strictly business" policy, Travis is irritated when younger brother, Arliss (Kevin Corcoran), adopts a frisky stray dog. But soon Travis is as fond of the dog as everyone else in the family; moreover, "Old Yeller" is an excellent watchdog. But while fighting off a mad wolf, Yeller is
Dec 25, 1957 Wide
May 7, 2002
Buena Vista Pictures
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It comes from Disney's thoroughly proved mother lode: movies for the kids that adults will stay to enjoy themselves.
Every bit the warm, comfortable, and tragically bittersweet classic that had you sobbing like a infant the first time you saw it.
What makes Old Yeller more than run-of-the-mill Disney is not only the gut-wrenching climax, but also the remarkably well-done uplift of the denouement.
When I saw "Old Yeller " as a child, I was emotionally devastated. Its heartbreaking climax has stayed with me all these years, proving how deeply a movie can affect us.
Come on; admit it: You saw it; you loved it; you cried.
Of all the boy-and-his-dog movies Hollywood's ever made, "Old Yeller" remains among the best.
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