A Dog Year

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A Dog Year
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HBO advertising poster.
Directed by George LaVoo
Produced by Liz Manne
Screenplay by George LaVoo
Story by Jon Katz
Starring Jeff Bridges
Lauren Ambrose
Cinematography Frederick Elmes
Country United States
Language English
Release date
  • September 3, 2009 (2009-09-03)

A Dog Year is a 2009 television film written and directed by first-time director George LaVoo and starring Jeff Bridges.

The film is based on the memoir by Jon Katz and adapted by LaVoo. The story centers on a man experiencing a midlife crisis whose world is turned upside down when he adopts a border collie crazier than he is.[1]


Jon Katz faces a midlife crisis. His wife moves out because he was growing too distant. Their daughter Emma still lives with him, as well as their dog Stanley.

One day, Emma notices a problem with Stanley. Jon, Emma, and Stanley visit the veterinarian, where Stanley is diagnosed with a heart condition -- his heart beats slower than it should, and the vet is also surprised that the dog can run at all after his favorite blue ball. Jon tries to keep playing with Stanley, even tempting him with the ball, but the dog does not have the strength anymore and just keeps lying on the floor.[2]

Eventually, Stanley dies. Later, Jon receives a new dog, named Devon, and his crazy new life begins.



On Thursday, July 8, 2010, Jeff Bridges was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.


  1. ^ "HBO's 'Year' on calendar for Bridges". hollywoodreporter. Archived from the original on 2 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-20. 
  2. ^ Article for translators: Confusion between To Lay and To Lie

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