Lassie (2005 film)
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|Directed by||Charles Sturridge|
|Produced by||Charles Sturridge
|Written by||Charles Sturridge
|Based on||Lassie Come-Home
by Eric Knight
|Music by||Adrian Johnston|
|Edited by||Peter Coulson
|Distributed by||Roadside Attractions|
Lassie is a 2005 British-American-French-Irish adventure comedy-drama family film based on Eric Knight's 1940 novel Lassie Come-Home about the profound bond between Joe Carraclough and his rough collie, Lassie. The picture was directed, written, and co-produced by Charles Sturridge and is a production of Samuel Goldwyn Films. The film stars Jonathan Mason and was distributed by Roadside Attractions and released in the UK on 16 December 2005. Filming took place in Scotland, Ireland and on the Isle of Man. The supporting cast features Peter O'Toole, Samantha Morton, Peter Dinklage and Edward Fox. The film enjoyed a moderate success at the box office and was positively received by critics.
Sam Carraclough, a miner who struggles to earn enough money to feed his family, sells the family's collie, Lassie, to the Duke of Rudling, leaving his young son heartbroken over the loss of his canine companion. The film follows Lassie on the collie's 500-mile journey from the Duke of Rudling's estate in the Scottish Highlands to the Carraclough home.
At the very beginning of the film, a fox is shown being driven by some hunting dogs and somehow escapes by one kindhearted miner, Sam Carraclough. At this phase Lassie is introduced. Lassie is the dog of little boy, Joe, the son of Sam. Once coal-mine is closed down and Sam loses his job. To survive from poverty, Sam sells Lassie to the Duke. But absence and loss of Lassie breaks Joe's heart. Even Lassie is eager to return to Joe. Lassie uses many tricks to escape from the hand of Hynes who's employed to take care of Duke's pet dogs. Several times Lassie can escape from the cage and get back to Joe. But remembering the deal with Duke, Sam has to sacrifice Lassie to the Duke. In the meantime the Duke comes to Scotland with his granddaughter and Lassie. Little Princess can understand Lassie's laments and once she helps Lassie escape. This time Lassie, in spite of being a long away, far from her old shelter, sets in to return to Joe. Lassie finds a man along with a tiny dog named Toots travelling, on her way. She befriends them. One day the traveler faces two snatchers, one of whom kills his companion Toots, the tiny dog. But Lassie saves the traveler. Then the traveler lets Lassie go to her home and bids her farewell. Lassie, after travelling almost 400 miles, eventually finds her home when she becomes weary and sick for long travel and fasting. After some trouble, Joe gets back his companion Lassie and the Duke employs Sam into the vacant place of Hynes.
- Jonathan Mason as Joe Carraclough
- Peter O'Toole as The Duke of Rudling
- Samantha Morton as Sarah Carraclough
- John Lynch as Sam Carraclough
- Steve Pemberton as Hynes
- Hester Odgers as Cilla
- Jemma Redgrave as Daisy
- Peter Dinklage as Rowlie
- Edward Fox as Colonel Hulton
- Gregor Fisher as Mapes
- Kelly Macdonald as Jeanie
- Nicholas Lyndhurst as Buckle
- Mason (uncredited) as Lassie
- DR Dakota (uncredited) as action Lassie
This is the eleventh movie about Lassie, according to the producers. It is based on Eric Knight's 1940 novel Lassie Come-Home. Filming took place in Scotland, Ireland and on the Isle of Man.
Lassie received generally positive reviews from critics; Rotten Tomatoes sampled 70 reviewers and judged 93% of the reviews to be positive, while the film scored of 84 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 15 reviews. A New York Times reviewer praised the film, saying it "balances cruelty and tenderness, pathos and humor without ever losing sight of its youngest audience member" and also exclaimed, "This 'Lassie' exhibits a repertory of facial expressions that would put Jim Carrey to shame". Empire's Anna Smith wrote "Thanks to a relatively gritty setting and an estimable adult cast, this sentimental story is rendered bearable for adults and children alike." BBC's Neil Smith said "The combination of everyone's favourite canine and eye-catching Irish and Isle of Man locations ensure this nostalgic shaggy-dog story sends you home with your tail wagging."
In 2007, Lassie won an Irish Film and Television Award in Best Sound in Film/TV Drama and was nominated for an AIB Best Irish Film People's Choice. It was also nominated for a Young Artist Award in Best International Family Feature Film and a Critics Choice Award in Best Family Film (Live Action). Jonathan Manson was nominated for a Young Artist Award in Best Performance in an International Feature Film - Leading Young Actor or Actress.
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