Far From Home - The Adventures Of Yellow Dog (1995)




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In this family adventure story, John and Catherine McCormick (Bruce Davison and Mimi Rogers) relocate from Vancouver to the coast of British Columbia, where sailing enthusiast John teaches his sons Angus (Jesse Bradford) and Silas (Joel Palmer) basic seamanship and outdoor survival skills. Angus has rescued a stray Golden Labrador he calls Yellow and considers his best friend, though his folks aren't so sure he's responsible enough to care for the dog. One day, John takes Angus and Yellow sailing; a sudden gale bursts out, and the boy and his dog are thrown overboard. They wash up on a rugged coastal area, where Angus' abilities to survive in the wild are put to the test. As Angus and Yellow fend off wild animals, build a shelter, and signal for help, John and Catherine work with the Coast Guard in a desperate search for their missing son. Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog was the final film by Canadian director Phillip Borsos, who died of leukemia within a month of its U.S. release. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Mimi Rogers
as Katherine McCormick
Bruce Davison
as John McCormick
Jesse Bradford
as Angus McCormick
Tom Bower
as John Gale
Joel Palmer
as Silas McCormick
Josh Wanamaker
as David Finlay
Josh Wannamaker
as David Finlay
as Yellow Dog
Matt Bennett
as Ron Willick
Jennifer Weissenborn
as Labrador Helicopter Pilot
Gordon Neave
as Flight Engineer
Dean Lockwood
as Sartech
John LeClair
as Sartech
Brent Stait
as Sartech
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Critic Reviews for Far From Home - The Adventures Of Yellow Dog

All Critics (7)

Gripping tale of survival leaves a lasting impression.

Full Review… | December 19, 2010
Common Sense Media

A wonderful film for the whole family

October 10, 2004

Innocuous stuff, lighter than air and as insubstantial.

Full Review… | March 30, 2003
Film Freak Central

It says nothing you have not heard before, but it is a simple, sweet, and life affirming show to watch.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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May 20, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Far From Home - The Adventures Of Yellow Dog


Since Old Yeller is soooooo 1957, Hollywood decided it was time to update the âboy and his dogâ? genre with Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog. An engaging family flick with endearing characters, impressive filming locations and an admirable (though predictable) story, this one could easily fit itself into the âmodern family classicsâ? category. Sadly, few remember it to this day. A very young Jesse Bradford (who eventually went on to parts in films including Bring it On, Flags of Our Fathers and I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell) is excellent in the role of Angus, an intelligent teen down on his luck when his boat capsizes, leaving him lost at sea. Fortunately, his experience growing up in the wilderness has taught him a thing or two about survival. Not only that, the stray dog his family recently took in happens to be along, too! Day after day the boy and his dog struggle to get by; living off the little food they brought and scavenging for more, sleeping on whatever they can find and escaping the constant threat of predators (particularly wolves). They know their loving family and a devoted search team is looking for them. But can their survival skills keep them going until their rescue team brings them to safety? A nicely done film that most will enjoy, Bradfordâ(TM)s courage and maturity for a tough role elevate this one to great heights and his companionship with the dog (whose name is âYellowâ?) is first rate. Seems to borrow themes from stories like Shiloh and Hatchet, but still a nice addition to the family flick collection. Also the last film for director Philip Borsos, who died of Leukemia the same year. Not to be confused with the 1989 thriller, Far From Home (starring Drew Barrymore). Filmed in British Columbia.

Jeffrey Leppart
Jeffrey Leppart

I like any film with dogs in it.

erika bruhns
erika bruhns

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A teenage boy named Angus (Jesse Bradford) gets lost after he and his dad were involved in a major boat crash during a storm at sea. Now it's up to Angus to survive in the vast woodlands with sea all around him, but fortunately, he is keen on survival skills. But that's not all. Not only does Angus have two GREAT parents (Mimi Rogers and Bruce Davison) who refuse to give up on searching for him, he has a new pet dog, Yellow, that stays alongside him and helps tremendously by providing courage and companionship. "Far From Home - The Adventures of Yellow Dog" is a GREAT movie. Many critics scorched the film by saying that it's predictable and a little cliched. Maybe it is, but so what!?! It's a great family drama that the whole family can sit and watch together time and time again and it's one movie that never gets old. I don't know about everybody else, but I think "Far From Home - The Adventures of Yellow Dog" is an all-around great movie in every way. Mimi Rogers and Bruce Davison do a spectacular job of acting as great parents would in that situation, Yellow (Dakotah) is a smart dog that has a likable charm, and everybody else in the film does a good job of acting. Just as great is the film itself. There are parts full of suspense, feel-good sequences, and yes, you guessed it, parts that are tear jerkers. Not to mention that a perfect musical score is also included to give "Far From Home - The Adventures of Yellow Dog" an even higher boost. I've always been a huge fan of almost any kind of drama movie, and the ones about survival are one of my favorite genres of drama. If you want a great family drama to add to your collection, if you're a dog lover, or if you like great survival or drama films in general, do yourself, your family, or whoever a huge favor and purchase "Far From Home - The Adventures of Yellow Dog" today! You will NOT regret it! I hope they make a DVD version of this movie one day. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001. I love a lot of dog movies, and this one is one of my favorites of them.

Jason Owens
Jason Owens

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