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This is a children's movie with enough darker undertones to appeal to adult audiences as well. It is the story of a man who dies and finds himself reincarnated as Fluke, a large dog. The man, Thomas Johnson, is killed during an auto race with his best friend and business partner Jeff Newman. When Johnson wakes up following the wreck, it is as a large brown dog. (From this point on, the film is shot from the dog's point of view) Fluke is then seen as a puppy torn from his mother and forced to endure different forms of cruelty from the people that own him. He is later adopted by a homeless woman and is happy, until she dies. He is then befriended by Rumbo, a street-smart stray who begins to teach Fluke the fundamentals of survival. Then Fluke loses Rumbo when the cur is shot. Fluke/Johnson begins to remember his human wife and gentle son; he decides he must find them and become a part of their lives. As he travels, he is also haunted by the fight with his partner that precipitated the race. When Fluke does finally arrive to his former home, he must really work to get his wife to accept a pet, and also he must work to bond with his son who still suffers terribly from the loss of his father.

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Matthew Modine
as Fluke/Thomas Johnson
Nancy Travis
as Carol Johnson
Eric Stoltz
as Jeff Newman
Max Pomeranc
as Brian Johnson
Ron Perlman
as Sylvester
Federico Pacifici
as Professor Santini
Clarinda Ross
as Tom's Secretary
Adrian Roberts
as Night Guard
Bart Hansard
as Day Guard
Deborah Hobart
as Dog Pound Vet
Libby Whittemore
as Housekeeper
Yolanda King
as Woman #2
Brian Katz
as Paramedic #1
Mary Lou Holloway
as Paramedic #2
David Dwyer
as News Stand Man
Michael H. Moss
as Policeman #1
Duke Steinemann
as Policeman #2
Calvin Miller
as Skeptical Man
Duong Bl
as Asian Dishwasher
Diego La Rosa
as Security Guard
Angie Rene
as Delivery Boy
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Critic Reviews for Fluke

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (8)

Audience Reviews for Fluke

  • Jul 19, 2014
    A film with both a shaggy-dog type story and a moral. A little bit for everyone.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Jun 01, 2011
    Lame, depressing, and just plain inappropriate for kids. I find it amazing that Samuel L. Jackson chooses to waste his talents on crap like this.
    Dillon L Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2010
    Parents, if you ever see this on the shelf of a video store, don't let the cute little dog wearing shoes fool you. Fluke is a very heavy dog movie. And by heavy, I mean by the film's themes. Here's a brief synopsis: Fluke is a dog who was once a human. After dying in a horrific car accident, he re-incarnates as a dog and goes on a journey to find his wife and kid who he left behind. Sounds dark? I know. Who knew that a movie about a dog can be a real tearjerker? Fluke is either going to make you cry or make your heart like a 10-ton safe. This is not a movie for the toddlers. Watch this movie if you have kids who are 7 and over. DO NOT WATCH THIS WITH VERY SENSITIVE KIDS!!! It might be pretty hard to see this at the video store. If your a Netflix member, definetly add this to your queue. When you do, I hope you enjoy it. Fluke only grossed $5 million upon its release and was badly received by critics upon its release. But with mostly positive reviews by the Rotten Tomatoes community and a 60% fresh rating, I have a feeling that Fluke might have become a cult classic. "We can keep each other warm."
    Bentley L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2009
    Totally different from the usual dog lover movie. Pretty sentimental but not bad.
    Cita W Super Reviewer

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