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Lassie (1994)




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This family adventure sets the classic tale of a boy and his dog on a sheep ranch in the 1990's. The tale begins when Steve Turner, a contractor from Baltimore, decides to move the family to his deceased wife's family home in the Shenandoah Valley. Young Matthew is not excited at the prospect of leaving his beloved city streets, where he could ride his skateboard, listen to tunes and talk tough with his buddies. Jennifer, Matt's kid sister is happier. New wife Laura has her reservations as she realizes her work-load is about to increase dramatically. En route to old Virginy, they are joined by Lassie, playing a friendly stray, who also happens to be an expert sheep dog. Matthew immediately falls for Lassie and the two become inseparable. The Turner family is not welcomed by rival rancher Sam Garland and his big bad sons. They don't want to stop appropriating Turner's grazing land for their own sheep. Trouble ensues as the urban family tries to adjust to rural life and the Garlands push them toward the inevitable showdown. It's a darn good thing Lassie is there to save the day!more
Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Eric Knight, Matthew Jacobs, Gary Ross, Elizabeth Anderson, Matthew Jacobs
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 12, 2002
Paramount Pictures


Tom Guiry
as Matthew Turner
Thomas Guiry
as Matthew Turner
Helen Slater
as Laura Turner
Jon Tenney
as Steve Turner
Frederic Forrest
as Sam Garland
Richard Farnsworth
as Len Collins
Brittany Boyd
as Jennifer Turner
Joe Inscoe
as Pete Jarman
Yvonne Brisendine
as Mrs. Jarman
Margaret Peery
as Mrs. Parker
Charlie Hofheimer
as Jim Garland
Rick Warner
as Timid Neighbor
Jordan Young
as Smoking Boy
Robert B. Brittain
as Grommet Foreman
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Critic Reviews for Lassie

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

What makes "Lassie" work is the craftsmanship and thoughtfulness that director Petrie and his creative team bring to the task.

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
Top Critic

Writer-director Charles Sturridge doesn't mess with the Lassie formula%u2014he provides plenty of dog-porn shots of the collie bounding through scenery in slow motion%u2014but the overqualified cast puts the film over the top.

Full Review… | August 31, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

A stubbornly sweet, picturesque children's film ...

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It's somehow reassuring, these days, to see a movie where there's no problem Lassie can't solve.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

For better or worse, "Lassie" is as safe and square as the TV show of yesteryear.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The story may be predictable, ham-fisted and saccharine, but that's why kids (and softhearted parents) will like it.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Lassie

I don't know why I watched this movie, I can't stand dog movies.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

A childhood classic and the best possible interpretation of Lassie the world has ever seen. It's a great coming of age story with the extremely talented child superstar Tom Guiry that happens to include a faithful dog rather than use it to motivate the plot. The villains are some of my favorite. A dirty redneck businessmen and his two quad runner sons try to make life a living hell for the new residents. However, Lassie the dog wonder and Tom Guiry+Michelle Williams manage to stop the forces of evil and save the day.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


good dog film.

erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

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