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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

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.

March 9, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Sentimental, yes, but also sturdy as a hickory stick.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Tearjerker is one of the best early Disney dramas.

December 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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Disney Studios' first and best attempt at a boy-and-his-dog film...

March 9, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Everyone sheds tears for this family drama

March 3, 2007

Every bit the warm, comfortable, and tragically bittersweet classic that had you sobbing like a infant the first time you saw it.

November 13, 2005 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
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Classic Disney tearjerker still grabs.

December 28, 2004

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.

November 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
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Of all the boy-and-his-dog movies Hollywood's ever made, "Old Yeller" remains among the best.

May 22, 2002
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In 84 minutes we'll find out what taunting wild hogs'll get ya!

May 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Director Robert Stevenson understands how lightweight the first part is and never tries to make it seem more important that it is. His saves the energy and emphasis for the last act.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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It was all around a good film.
December 27, 2010
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A classic movie that teaches everyone the danger of stray dogs and the deadliness of rabies. It's fearless at displaying animal death and for that it is worthy of praise, but too many people love it for the dog story. I think it's weak in that area, where it excels in is depression and two neglected children who are forced to replace their father.
June 4, 2010
ythelastman89

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Astounding! One of the best films ever! Definately the best film of the 50's even though I have barely seen any!
January 27, 2010
KJ Proulx

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While not my favorite dog film, this is still THE dog film, or probably animal film period, that all others are measured up against. Very well done and sad.
October 14, 2009
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